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Saturday, March 06, 2021

Nissan Nismo GT-R vs Toyota GR Yaris vs Alpine A110 : Autocar


Nissan Nismo GT-R vs Toyota GR Yaris vs Alpine A110

Nissan committing to a Ferrari slayer, Toyota making a homologation special for the ages and Renault reviving Alpine for a Porsche rival? We just had to celebrate them
Its stories like this that remind people in the US, that we miss out on a lot of cool cars. We do get the Nismo R35, but the Alpine A110, or the GR Yaris are not available. 

Head over to Autocar to read their take on these three specials. 


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Nissan Skyline AP Racing Radi-CAL ll Brake Kit from Supertec

Nissan Skyline AP Racing Radi-CAL ll Brake Kit

Nissan Skyline AP Racing Radi-CAL ll Brake Kit from Supertec
Nissan Skyline AP Racing Radi-CAL ll Brake Kit from Supertec

When it comes to brakes, there are just a few brands that I like. Brembo of course. Sure they are common, lots of cars come with them, but there is a reason for that. They make a quality part, with a known name. Lots of other companies parts are knock off's of Brembo brake calipers. 

When I worked at STILLEN, we sold AP Racing brake parts. They are based in England, and if you watch racing, you will see that many serious race cars run AP Racing parts.  I dealt directly with the people there and they are passionate about braking.  Brembo actually owns AP, so you also know you are dealing with a company that has real backing.  In the race world, AP has its Radi-cal calipers, this Supertec kit uses the street version of the Radi-cals.   The rotor is a 380 mm x 36 which is thicker than a standard CBA R35 caliper. 

Nissan Skyline AP Racing Radi-CAL ll Brake Kit from Supertec

AP Racing Radi-CAL ll complete brake kit complete with 6 Pot front and 4 Pot rear calipers, 12 groove discs, AP Racing brake pads and a full fitting kit including bells, brackets and fasteners.

The forged 4 and 6 Piston calipers incorporate AP's patented technology allowing the road user to experience the superior performance that Rad-CAL™ offers.

In addition the calipers incorporate all the features demanded by the road market including, dirt seals, an attractive painted finish and noise abatement solutions.

Offering less mass, improved rigidity and better cooling characteristics than conventional and World Radi-CAL 1 Brake caliper designs, the Radi-CAL™ concept represents a major innovation in braking technology when it was introduced.

The Supertec Racing kit is carefully selected based on our road and track testing experience to work with the Nissan Skyline GTR brake system using the BM57 17/16” (27mm Piston) brake master cylinder as used on the R33/34 GTR models.


Nissan Skyline AP Racing Radi-CAL ll Brake Kit from Supertec

Both the adapter brackets and lightweight bells are made from billet 7075 T6 grade aluminium. Not to be confused with cheap kits, Supertec Racing Kits are designed manufactured to the highest standards in the UK with FEA (Stress analysis and simulation) to ensure the highest strength and reliability.

In order to maximise stopping power and help cooling by dissipating unwanted heat while still operating with in the correct temperature window - we have opted for 380x36mm front discs and 355x32mm. 

One piece front and rear lightweight bells with reduced diameter for compatibility with Skyline e-brake diameter. 

Kit is compatible with R32, R33, R34 GTR models. Will also fit Nissan Silvia (S13/14/15) and 300ZX.

Buy the Supertec Radi-Cal II kit here.


Nissan Skyline AP Racing Radi-CAL ll Brake Kit from Supertec


The kit comes supplied with the following items:

  • Front AP Radi-CAL ll 6 Pot calipers
  • Rear AP Radi-CAL ll 4 Pot calipers
  • Front AP Discs 380x36mm (12 grooves)
  • Rear AP Discs 355x32mm (12 grooves)
  • Full set of AP Racing brake pads (APF404)
  • Front caliper to hub brackets
  • Rear caliper to hub brackets
  • Front lightweight bells
  • Rear lightweight bells
  • High tensile bolt kit
  • Full bobbin kit
  • Stainless steel braided brake lines

*370x36mm front discs are specially made as these are not standard supply and take approx 3/4 weeks for machining and manufacturing. 

*R32 GTR and other models will require the BM57 brake master cylinder for optimal performance and brake feel and balance. 

*380mm setup typically suited to fit most 19” wheels, however will fit 18” Nismo LMGT4 - See pictures and TE37SL with 442mm inner wheel barrel clearance. 

*Trimming of disc backing plates required.

*Manufactured to order. Please allow 3-4 weeks typically for the kit to be made.

*We use only Genuine AP Racing calipers with hologram of authenticity - there are cheaper kits on the market using non authentic calipers. 

































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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Tym Switzer Joins AMS Performance

Switzer Performance R35 GT-R


I've been around the GT-R world a long time, around the R35 GT-R world since before the beginning of it.  When I worked at STILLEN, one of my customers was Switzer Performance. I sold them parts and things for R35 GT-R. I also dealt with AMS Performance, selling them parts. The two shops battled in the beginning for dominance on the dragstrip. Building cars for customers. Switzer in Ohio, AMS in Illinois.  I liked both shops, I had friends at both places.  Tym, the owner of Switzer has had a rough time recently, he wife has cancer, and that plus running the shop is overwhelming for anyone.  Martin, the owner of AMS has hired Tym to work for AMS.  Extremely stand up thing for AMS to do.  I would be lying if I didn't say it brought a tear to my eye.  Good luck to Tym, good luck to AMS.  
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMS.AlphaArmy/permalink/1153541411768864



Tym has written a fantastic summary of his experience over the years within the industry as the head of Switzer Performance, and he touches on his reasoning for closing that chapter of his life and opening a new one here at AMS. We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Tym to the AMS Performance team and all that he brings to our organization.

Some career journeys are mediocre, some epic and spectacular. As more time ebbs and flows, I have an incredible sense of gratitude and appreciation for everything my career has brought to my life. The exhilaration of the wins, the agony of the losses, and the lessons learned from each have humbled me as I have persisted to be the very best I could be at every turn regardless of what was in front of me. Whether I have been successful in my career will be best evaluated at the end of this journey of mine. For now, however, I am very much still interested in endeavoring to see what I can offer the performance aftermarket after being immersed in it for nearly 30 years now.
Of those nearly 30 years, the last seventeen years have seen me continue to work diligently to continue operating Switzer Performance in rural Ohio. Quite the challenge given the growth of our industry with young, competent and hungry car builders continuously popping up showing what they can do. Knowing the time to pass the torch on certain things in life isn’t always easy, but sometimes life itself pushes you into new directions.

For me, my wife being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in 2019 and the subsequent course of her treatments and surgeries contributed heavily to my decision to recently close Switzer Performance. I wanted to eliminate the overwhelming daily task of running and working in the business so that she, my daughter, and I could live our remaining time together in the very best way possible.
It is no secret that for many years AMS was my single greatest competitor. With an organization built around a quest for properly engineered performance solutions, they continuously pushed me to find the best of myself and my organization to compete. By continuously pushing the boundaries of performance potential across multiple vehicle platforms, I must admit at this point that not only was AMS my greatest foe... I had a great deal of admiration for their efforts. Nothing like getting your ass kicked in from time to time to keep you humble and respectful.

Often your greatest opponent is the opponent you find yourself respecting the most. That is why (beyond the occasional shop swearing and competitive banter here and there) I have always maintained a mutually respectful relationship with the ownership at AMS through the years.
The last 2 years have been extremely rough for my family and I as you might expect. Recently, after reaching out to me to see if my family and I needed anything, Martin Musial (principal owner and founder of AMS) recently invited me to take a walk into Switzer Performance’s previous ‘enemy territory’ and have a look at the inner workings of AMS. “Why not?”, I thought to myself ... “I’ve heard rumors the Dark Side has cookies.” So, I accepted the invitation for a tour as well as a conversation about what the future might hold for me having made the commitment to shut down my shop in Ohio.
After walking through the door and requesting to see Martin for my appointment, I was asked my name to which I politely replied. Eyeballs slowly and curiously rose over computer monitors and after a moment of perplexed silence a very warm welcome made me feel at home and instantly at ease with everyone. Not that I expected to be mauled, but you never know... competition is competition. Sometimes you want to ‘sweep the leg’. In all seriousness, however, I was eager to get a look into what had made them such a competitive force. I was soon to find out. Martin grabbed a coffee and offered me the grand tour with other heads of management, and so we went.

I was, quite frankly, blown away. Quietly giddy inside as they lifted the veil for me on literally every aspect of their organization, I was impressed over and over. Not only by the diligence of the crew working during the chaos of expansion and remodeling, but the level of competence of the management. A successful business takes competence on every level and most of all commitment. The level of commitment I witnessed as we worked our way through each department cannot be overstated. Their intention is clear: Excellence and longevity. They are in this for the duration, and it shows. The more individuals I met in various departments, the more apparent it became as to what everyone is striving for. The entire AMS team simply wants to be the best. At every-single-thing they do.
The more we chatted and exchanged ideas, history, stories, and a lot of good laughs... the more excited we all seemed to get. The possibility of me joining the AMS team would let me continue to contribute to the industry I was a part of bringing to life over the last 3 decades and allow me to continue to help customers reach their performance goals by providing the insight and expertise my long tenure could provide. The possibilities seemed compelling, the environment exhilarating, and the conditions perfect to make my decision a no brainer.

To that end, I have decided to join AMS Performance as a Sales Representative and Technical Advisor. In doing so, I hope to make a meaningful and effective contribution to not only the AMS organization and family of customers but to my previous family of customers as well. I look forward to remaining connected in a positive way to the industry that was once an adolescent hobby that became a career obsession. Some things in life you just can’t let go... and shouldn’t... it’s in your DNA.
All the best,
Tym Switzer


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

2000 Nissan SKYLINE GT-R R34 GT-R V SPEC For Sale in Japan

2000   Nissan   SKYLINE GT-R   R34 GT-R V SPEC, Nismo Aero Kit, Rays TE37SL 18 Inch, HKS Silent Hi-Power Exhaust 

NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale by Toprank
NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale by Toprank


NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale
Manufactured in 2000 June 

NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale by Toprank
NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale by Toprank

 
ENGINE ROOM
-HKS Racing Suction Reloaded Kit
-HKS Metal Catalyzer 
-HKS Silent Hi-Power Exhaust 
-Apexi Front Pipe 
-Aftermarket Engine Torque Damper 
-Nismo Oil Filler Cap   

DRIVETRAIN AND SUSPENSION
-HKS Height Adjustable Coilovers 
 
EXTERIOR
-KV2 Athlete Silver 
-Rays TE37SL 18 Inch
-Nismo Aero:
-BNR34 Nismo Side Skirts 
-BNR34 Nismo Rear Under Spoiler 
-BNR34 Nismo Door Mirrors 

NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale by Toprank
NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale by Toprank


INTERIOR
-Nismo Shift Knob 
-Nismo Combination White 320km/h Speedometer
 
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Storage is available for customers in the USA that purchase vehicles not yet 25 years old. Toprank Global can store your JDM car inside or outside our warehouse just 40 km from Tokyo at our secure and safe location. Please contact us for more information, pricing, and maintenance options available. 
 
If you live in a part of the world, where you don't have to wait until vehicles are 25 years old to import, such as Germany, France, Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, or Canada, Toprank can ship a vehicle to you in your country.  If you are wondering if you can import a used JDM car, we can help you navigate this process. From inspection and purchase, cleaning, shipping, customs clearance, we can simplify the process for you. For more information email us at :  trade@toprank.jp
 
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NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale by Toprank
NISSAN Skyline R34 GTR V Spec For Sale by Toprank




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