Sunday, August 29, 2010
TORRANCE, Calif. — In the midst of another historic season, the DG-Spec World Challenge Scion team has added experienced driver Greg Shaffer to its already impressive roster of drivers. Shaffer will pilot the number 36 DG-Spec Scion tC Touring Car at rounds 10 and 11 at Virginia International Raceway in just a couple of weeks. Shaffer most recently drove the Irish Mike’s VW Jettas in World Challenge and Grand-Am competition.
“We’re all really excited to have Greg on board,” said team owner Dan Gardner. “He was quite fast at Mosport in the Jetta, and we think he’ll take well to our Scion, which is similar in some ways. That said, we know he’ll become a true Scion believer after the event!”
With Shaffer at the wheel, the number 36 car will be looking to capture more team points. The car currently sits in third place, a stone’s throw away from the second place Mazda. Shaffer joins Dan Gardner and Tom Lepper as a driver contributing to the team championship for DG-Spec in the 36 car.
“I can’t wait to drive the DG-Spec Scion,” said Shaffer. “They’re obviously the cars to beat in Touring Car this year, and it will be exciting to see what they’re all about. VIR is my home track, so I’m looking to defend my turf here in Virginia. It’s exciting to be able to jump in mid-season and still contribute toward the team championship. I’m just pumped to be with the team for this event.”
Rounds 10 and 11 of the World Challenge series will take place on September 10-12. Both of the weekend’s races can be viewed through live timing and scoring at www.world-challenge.com. Rounds 8 and 9 at Mid-Ohio will be broadcast on the Versus Network on Saturday, August 28 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Twenty-four hours later the program can be viewed online at www.world-challengetv.com.
The team’s progress throughout the season can be followed at www.scionracing.com and www.facebook.com/scionracing.
STILLEN Stage 1 Package takes your standard Nissan GT-R VR38DETT and increases horsepower and torque over 100 whp, and 130 ft-lbs. Not only do you have impressive horsepower gains, the parts weigh 25 lbs less than stock parts.
- STILLEN 304 Stainless Steel Exhaust
- STILLEN 304 Stainless Steel Y-Pipe
- K & N Replacement Air Filter
- Cobb Accessport
The engine performance is often the first, and easiest thing for owners to upgrade, but there are other areas of the car that can be improved upon.
Brakes: AP Racing Curved Vane Rotor Upgrade
The factory Brembo brakes are adequate for a street car, but crack around the cross drilled holes. A very popular upgrade is the AP Racing J-hooks, or Slotted rotors. They are less expensive than the factory rotors, and owners report them lasting three times as long as the Brembo rotors.
Suspension: STILLEN Adjustable Sway Bars with Endlinks
• 3-Way Adjustable Front Bar - 20-38% Stiffer
• 5-Way Adjustable Rear Bar - 67-108% Stiffer
• Adjustable Sway-Bar End Links
• Poly-Urethane Bushings
• DOM Steel Construction – High Tensile Strength
• Silver Powder Coated Finish – Maintains Appearance and Protects
With the engine, brake, and suspension addressed, go out and improve on those 0-60, 1/4 mile, and track times. When you are ready for more, there is much more available from Penske 2 way adjustable coil overs, to Carbon Ceramic Brake upgrades, to turbo, and engine upgrades. Check the STILLEN catalog for a few of the performance parts available for the Nissan GTR.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010
As many of you have been reading about and hearing about the past few months, yesterday was the senate vote for Assembly Bill 1740 – the bill brought forth by assemblyman Kevin Jeffries relating to increasing the number of annual kit car registrations from 500 to 750 in the state of California. The bill was defeated. We received the following note from assemblyman Jeffries office explaining the defeat and what’s next.
Goodguys would like to thank everyone who rallied behind this bill and took the time to call, fax, write and e-mail California assembly members in support of this bill and our beloved hobby and industry. We will keep you posted on any new bills or developments through the year. Here is the note from Jeffries’ office:
Yesterday, AB 1740 (Jeffries), relating to increasing the number of annual kit car registrations from 500 to 750, failed on a party line vote, 3-5. Three Republicans, Vice-Chair Bob Huff (Diamond Bar), Tom Harman (Huntington Beach), and Roy Ashburn (Bakersfield) voted in favor of the measure. Five Democrats, Chair Alan Lowenthal (Long Beach), Christine Kehoe (San Diego), Fran Pavley (Santa Monica), Mark DeSaulnier (Walnut Creek) and Joe Simitian (San Jose) voted against the bill.
Assemblyman Jeffries, using arguments compiled from many in the kit car community, cited the fact that these 250 additional kit cars were a minuscule amount of cars compared to the nearly 23 million registered cars in California. Other witnesses from the community worked to debunk the Democratic assumption that there is a ‘typical’ kit car; these witnesses clearly explained that cars range in price from $10,000 to well in excess of that. The witnesses expressed the views of many- that, as a hobby, kit cars are more works of art, and can not be defined as ‘typical’ by any means.
In committee, Chairman Lowenthal suggested that instead of increasing the limit to 750, kit cars could simply be retrofitted with modern emissions controls or use a modern ‘green’ engine developed by General Motors. The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association cited California Air Resources Board (CARB) studies that claimed that the ‘typical’ kit car polluted 200 times more than a regular 2005 model year car. The representative from CARB cited their ‘statistics’ claiming that most of the recent cars registered under the SB 100 exemptions were high polluting, large model engines. Senator Kehoe, also citing the fact that retro fits and emissions controls were available for kit cars, announced that she would be unable to support AB 1740.
Unfortunately, this negative vote in the Senate Transportation Committee marks the end of the road for this bill. With the bill 2 votes short of passage and no Democratic Senators willing to vote for the bill (or suggest any amendments that would allow them to vote for the bill) AB 1740 will not advance any further this year. Assemblyman Jeffries is committed to working on this issue again next year- whether the bill takes a form similar to this or something a bit different.
I personally want to thank each of you who have invested so much time and energy in this bill. AB 1740 would not have advanced this far without your dedicated hard work and outstanding perseverance. Many of you gathered signed letters, made phone calls and contacted elected officials. Thank you for your efforts and passion for your hobby.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact me with any bill ideas for the next legislative cycle, or if you have any questions about the legislative process. Thank you again for your outstanding efforts.
Office of Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Some of the changes for 2012
- Chassis reinforcement in the strut towers
- Chassis reinforcement under the dashboard
- New spring rates and dampers
- New suspension geometry
- 390mm brake rotors, up 10mm from the CBA-R35
- ABS and VDC upgrades
- Engine power up to 500+hp
- New tire options
- New lighter wheels
- New fuel save mode
- Launch control 4 (4,000 rpm)
- 2 wheel drive mode
- Front bumper changes
- Rear diffuser changes
- Seat redesign
- New colors
More information will be available over the next few days, and the full official specifications should be released in October.
Monday, August 23, 2010
This is from last months issue, but I just picked the issue up off the newsstand. The V8 is not my favorite way to see a Nissan GT-R raced, but it is how Nissan has seen some success with its racing platforms within the Super GT, and now GT1 rules.
Featured in the Volume 20, number 8 issue is the Sumo Power GT1 R35 GT-R. The V8 engine is a VK56DE, putting out about 600 hp in accordance with the rules. The body shell is based on the production car, but it has a lot of tricks to bring it down to 1250 kg total. Nismo ditched the VR38DETT, and the all wheel drive, and replaced it with the V8 and a Ricardo transaxle. The clutch is a 5.5 inch AP racing triple plate, brake are Brembo carbon.
Check out the magazine for the full technical specifications and pictures.
Source: Racecar Engineering.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
If you guessed R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, then you would be correct. 21 years old. Legal to drink in the US. Cars don’t drink though. Well, nothing that makes them drive funny, unless by funny you mean fast.
So what does 21 years old really mean, when we are talking about cars ? Not originally imported cars ?
1. Vehicles 21 Years Old Or Older
If the vehicle is at least 21 years old, there are no EPA compliance requirements upon importation. The age of the vehicle is determined by subtracting the calendar year of manufacture from the calendar year of importation. If the calendar year of manufacture is unavailable, the importer may substitute the model year or year of first registration. For instance, to qualify in 2001, the vehicle must have been manufactured in 1980 or earlier. The vehicle must be in its original unmodified configuration. Vehicles at least 21 years old with replacement engines are not eligible for this exemption unless they contain equivalent or newer EPA certified engines.
No approval or Customs bond is required by EPA. The importer must also prove to Customs, as required, that the vehicle or engine was manufactured prior to EPA regulation. Documents such as a title, or letter from the original manufacturer may be used for this purpose.The importer must file with Customs, upon entry, an EPA Form 3520-1 and declare code "E" on that form.
However , as with many other things government related that make no sense, you still must meet DOT, FMVSS requirements. Well, at least until its 25th birthday, then you are also DOT exempt. AND yet another HOWEVER, is California requirements, if you are in California.
Friday, August 20, 2010
If Playboy TV asked you to bring your car out for a photoshoot, what would you say? Robbie Nishida got an opportunity to be involved with a video shoot for a new show airing September 14th on Playboy TV called “Bassass.”
The show wanted to feature Robbie and his drift GTR that competes in Formula Drift. Head over to the Gruppe S blog for some more photos and information on the show.
Source: Gruppe S Blog
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Drag racing is alive and well in Australia this weekend. Cars from all over the world are headed to Willowbank drag strip in Australia
Gather round Australia, this weekend we defend our honour against the invading hordes from Puerto Rico; as well as from our more traditional rivals – the Kiwis!
For the first time ever, Jamboree will be streamed live on the Internet where Drag-Racing fans from 38 different countries can log in to watch live racing action on both days comprising of four cameras covering the 250+ entrants.
There will be a 150km exclusion zone for the South East Queensland pocket, if you live within this zone, your only opportunity to catch the action is to attend Jamboree and soak up the atmosphere in person.
“The Jamboree is the epicenter of Custom Car Culture in Australia, the ‘must attend’ event each year for Australia’s wildest and most expensive rides. With more than 120 Custom Cars set to feature across the weekend, including Queen Street’s 24 karat Gold Plated BMW M3 which is worth a cool million bucks, there won’t be a dull moment.
Saturday will see qualifying from 9.30am to 7.30pm, before racing takes place on Sunday from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Please see below for a full event schedule. Visit the www.westreamlive.com.au website, where you can pre-register and access live streaming for just $5 a day, that’s incredible value!
A full Racing Schedule is available from the website so you will know approximate times of each race bracket, please remember that this is live Racing action so accidents may cause minor delays to the programmed schedule on each day. For more information on Willowbank Raceway or the Jamboree please visit www.sportcompact.net.au
Monday, August 16, 2010
Update: Testing in Australia, getting the clutch setup correct. Best pass was a 7.73 @ 187 mph getting loose.
Update from Heat Treatments Team:
We are having some success..but also having to re-adjust to this sticky track,so much different than what we are use to.
We are changing gearbox ratios today,as our 60ft times are suffering with the car bogging down,
as we normaly run consistant 1.18 1.20
And even on our last run of the day (7.73@187) we ran a 1.32 60ft and were 3 tenths slower to the half track, but the mph was good 149.8mph.
If we can find those 3 tenths to the half track?
Time will tell.
The Worlds Fastest Nissan Skyline GT-R is in Australia at WIllowbank race track today doing some testing . The first pass resulted in a big bog, and they have adjusted the clutch to allow some more slip off the line.
Check out the Heat Treatments Facebook page for updates.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Fort Mill, SC (Aug. 13, 2010) - Veteran racer Chris Rado of WORLD Racing is poised to debut his latest and greatest Scion tC at the exhilarating Redline Time Attack Series at Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla., Aug. 14 and 15.
The 1,100 horsepower all-wheel drive speed machine, named the
Chris Rado with his new Team Need for Speed Time Attack Scion.
Team Need for Speed Time Attack Scion, is like no other. The black-and-white striped Scion boasts a gold-plated hood-exit exhaust and bulkhead, and black Continental decals on the sides.
"We're really excited to see Rado's extreme Scion take on the Time Attacks," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, Continental Tire. "With Rado's expertise in not only racing, but also in high-performance vehicles, he is certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with at Sebring."
Team Need for Speed Time Attack Scion tC Specs:
- Wheelbase 108.2 inches
- Track width front and rear 61.3 front / 59.7 rear
- Ride height 2 inches from ground, all the way around
- Overall car height (roof top) 48.9 inches
- Overall car length 176.4 inches
- Overall car width (not including mirrors or winglets) 78.8 inches (fender to fender)
- Engine type 2AZ-FE - factory 2.4 tC engine
- Wheel specs: diameter, width and offset (if they are dished a measurement for the dish depth too - front and rear) 18 inch diameter by 12 inch width - HRE Competition Forged Series (COMP95)
- Max WHP at RPM 1,154 HP at 8,000 RPM
- Torque at RPM 905 ft/lbs at 7,000 RPM
- Weight 2,260 pounds (dry)
- Wing sizes - width and length - Front Wing - 78 inches long by 10 inches wide, Rear Wing - 76 inches long by 12 inches wide
- Diameter, width and profile - Uses two sizes depending on track/sanctioning race
- Continental Tires - 305/645R18 r80 compound (slick)
- Continental Tires - 315/30ZR18 A6 compound (non-slick)
6) 31-31 (1 to 1)
- 50/50 torque bias
- 3.309 rear-end gear final
- 3.295 front-end gear final
- Winters quick-change rear end 23-19
- Rear-end bevel gear 33-8
Continental Tire is proud to compete in the Redline Time Attack Series. Continental's extreme performance tires feature outstanding handling for the tightest turns and the most action-packed tracks, and are tuned for ultra-high performance cars whose drivers demand extreme grip in even the most treacherous conditions.
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About Continental Tire
With sales of approximately €20 billion in 2009, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 143,000 in 46 countries.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
GReddy Performance Products, Inc. is proud to announce GReddy FEST 2 !
WHERE: GReddy Performance Products, Inc. / 9 Vanderbilt, Irvine, Ca, 92618 (map)
WHEN: Sunday, September 5th, 2010 / 10:00am - 3:00pm
WHAT: GReddy Open House / Mega-Car Meet / Garage Sale
WHO: All automotive enthusiasts ! ( it's FREE ! )
- Come and join us at our Irvine, CA headquaters for our Open-House. - See our new Showroom and R&D facility. Hear new GReddy Announcements.
- We'll have GReddy Project Cars - (current, past and even a sneak-peek at the future) and Featuring the GR9 R35!
- Speak with GReddy Staff - Discuss products and request new GReddy production products and custom builds.
- Find great deals at our mini-Garage Sale - ( on discounted, discontinued, sample and stock products )
- Check out the Vendors area- GReddy Dealers, Other Performance Manufacturers, Lifestyle Companies, and Media Outlets.
- Be part of our Mega-Car Meet - Car Clubs and Forum Groups email us for priority registration. (individuals welcome too!)
- Have a chance to win the exclusive GReddy Award - for best GReddy Themed Vehicles
- The return of the famous Wheel-of-GReddy - for FREE PRIZES!
- and more info on other attractions coming soon....
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
A great group of Nissans came out to the 2nd Fontana Nissan Meet. All years, and kinds of Nissans, and Datsuns were represented. Everything from Quoc’s RB25DET powered 1971 240SX, to a brand new supercharged STILLEN 370z. The Fontana Nissan racing team had their time attack 350Z, and Modified Class R35 GT-R on display. There were about 30 Nissan GT-R’s and dozens of Z’s, 240’s, Sentras, trucks, and other Nissans.
Vortech, KW, Seibon, K&W Autobody, Redline Time Attack, and many other vendors had booths, cars and products on display. Fontana Nissan brought in Weinerschnitzel to provide lunch for everyone that signed in.
At the end of the event, a ton of parts and prizes were raffled off to the attendees. Thanks to Fontana Nissan for hosting the event.
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