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Friday, October 31, 2008

GTR Pumpkin

Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Turbo Magazine Gets the Axe

The rumors are that Turbo Magazine has been given the axe today by Source Interlink. The magazine page count has been way down over the last few years. Sorry to hear it. It is the one of the originators of the import scene. Now Source Interlink only has Import Tuner, Modified, Super Street , Sport Compact Car, Honda Tuning, Project Car, Traction , I think I forgot some of them. Turbo was only selling about 20,000 copies a month. Just a drop in the bucket. June 1985 - October 2008?

15 years of Turbo - from 2000 Turbo Magazine RIP.

Publication title: Turbo and High Tech Performance
Extent and nature of circulation

Average number the preceding 12 months:

Paid subscriptions : 6,846
Sales though vendors and carriers : 13,128
Total paid circulation: 19,974

Outside country: 392
Free distribution: 447
Total distribution: 20,420

Copies not distributed: 39,239

Total: 59,660


Get Behind the Wheel of the all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z Eight Weeks Before the Car Hits Dealerships

Redwood City, CA. - October 29, 2008 - EA and Nissan shift into high-gear this holiday! The Need for Speed series continues the tradition of featuring the most desirable cars as Black Box, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. and Nissan today revealed the highly-anticipated all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z. This marks the first time an auto manufacturer has partnered with a videogame company for the world premiere reveal of a car. The Nissan Z will be available exclusively in this holiday's hottest action driving title, Need for SpeedT Undercover, available in North America on November 18 and in Europe on November 21.

"For the past 15 years, Need for Speed has helped define contemporary automotive culture by bridging the gap between gamers and the world's hottest cars. As such, we are very excited to partner with one of the automotive powerhouses today to exclusively reveal the all-new Nissan Z," said Keith Munro, vice president of Marketing at Electronic Arts. "Need for Speed is about style, fast-paced action and power; this is definitely a car made for Need for Speed fans. Come November, they'll be able to test drive the all-new 370Z in the game before the car is released on the market."

"Our relationship with EA has been instrumental in bringing the Nissan brand to a passionate and unique audience," says Christian Meunier, vice president, Nissan Marketing. "By launching the all-new 2009 Nissan Z first through Need for Speed: Undercover, we also gain the spirit and energy that EA gamers experience so strongly. Together with EA, we have truly integrated the all-new 370Z in the overall game experience in a meaningful, multi-layered and profound way."

With the signature boomerang headlights and taillights to the enhanced powertrain, Need for Speed Undercover designers worked closely with Nissan to accurately replicate the overall look, feel and performance of the all-new Nissan Z. From the game's opening moment, players will be thrust right into the action with gamers whipping the 370Z in-and-out of traffic at high speed.

The all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z is a super evolution of the iconic Nissan Z, building on the strengths of its predecessor, finding the sports car "sweet spot" in performance, style, and value. The 2009 Nissan Z marks the first full redesign of the Nissan Z since its reintroduction as a 2003 model.

The all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z Coupe will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19, hitting dealerships in early 2009.

Need for Speed Undercover takes players back to the franchise's roots and re-introduces break-neck cop chases and spectacular highway battles. Players discover a world of high-stakes and high-speed action in some of the world's hottest cars. The all-new Heroic Driving Engine propels the action forward as players experience the dramatic story through spectacular Hollywood-style live-action in-game movies.

Need for Speed Undercover is being developed by Black Box in Vancouver, B.C. The game will be available for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, and Wii as well as the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS, PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system, PC and mobile.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Toyota Supra at the Texas Mile 241.8 mph

Supra is still king . I didn't hear if any Vipers or GT's went faster. 2JZ Powa.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Shaftless Throttles for RB26

On the GT-R UK Forum a member posted up some pictures and thoughts about shaftless throttles for an RB26

The increase in airflow for a 45mm is equivalent to running a 48mm throttle - but as the GTR one is a 10mm shaft, rather than a more usual 8mm shaft, it could be more of a gain. at 48mm you're talking a 15% increase in cross sectional area. But, because the throttle diameter is the same, you're not loosing out on torque - Plus everything else would fit as normal.
The price for three DCOE bodies is roughly £450. These should be cheaper as the machining is much simpler (no injector hole, or idle screws etc).

Friday, October 24, 2008

200 mph+ in the Wet

Just saw this video. The speedo is a Euro market MPH on the big side.

200mph + in the wet.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

2008 Nissan Performance Festival

2008 Nissan Performance Festival
Presented by Nissan Sport Magazine

Sunday November 23, 2008

Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) 7 AM- 5 PM

Get ready for the ride of your life as Nissan Sport Magazine unites with SpeedVentures and Team Transport to celebrate the second annual Nissan Performance Festival. Join Datsun/Infiniti/Nissan enthusiasts for a full spectrum of motorsports activities in a single day:

*Team Transport car show in the paddock.

*SpeedVentures autocross competition ($80/entry fee).

* Drive the “fastest road in the west”—the 2.8-mile, 21-turn competition “roval” course at Auto Club Speedway—in the SpeedVentures-sanctioned High Performance Driving Experience with complimentary novice instruction by Nissan Sport Magazine Senior Editor Ed Reeser and SpeedVenture instructors.

*SpeedVentures also offers advanced and expert time trial/race run groups as well, with awards for the fastest stock, modified and unlimited Infiniti/Nissan. The fastest classic Datsun earns a separate award!

Cost: $195 (early bird registration) for all track events.

DISCOUNT OFFER: Nissan/Infiniti/Datsun drivers get discounts ($20 off a track entry and $10 off for autocross) by registering on-line and entering “Nissan Sport subscriber” in the comments box of the entry.

Drag one day, road race the next

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Why Should I Let You Test Drive A Car ?

From Australia.
A 19 year old Guy Took out a VY HSV Clubsport for a test drive from Bundoora Holden in Victoria.

On the drive back to the dealer he gave a little too much gas around the last corner before the Dealership, lost control of the car, mounted the curb and flew 10 mtrs over the gate into the front Yard of the dealership.

Lets just say they are reassessing the rules of test drives from now on.

This is a perfect example of why test drives of high performance cars are a bad idea. Test driving a Camry is fine. Test Drives.

Upcoming Events

SEMA Show in Las Vegas . November 4th - November 7th, 2008

Super Lap Battle November 12, 2008 at Buttonwillow Raceway.

Red Bull Drifting Championship November 15-16 at the Port of Long Beach. 10 am to 4 pm.

LA Auto Show Press Days November 19-20. Open to the public November 20 - 30,2008. Breakfast November 19 starts at 7:30 am. Press conferences start at 9:10 am. Breakfast November 20 starts at 8am. Press conferences start at 8:45 am.

IDRC November 22,2008 at Fontana ,CA. Gates open at 8 am. $60 to race. $20 to watch.

2008 Nissan Performance Festival Sunday November 23, 2008
Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) 7 AM- 5 PM
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

RB's Project R32.4 Pictures

Nissan Skyline R32.4 GT-R. Freshalloy

HKS T62R Turbo

I wonder whos GT-R is getting this turbo ? Bigger than a T51. Close to where a GT42R is similar in size to a T51, a GT45 is close to the size of a T62. Wheel sizes: Rated up to 1100 hp.

Compressor Wheel:

* Trim 56
* Minor 80.8
* Major 108.0

Compressor Housing:

* Inlet Diameter 100
* Outlet Diameter 80
* A/R 1.00

Turbine Wheel

* Trim 85
* Minor 80.2
* Major 82
* A/R 1.20

Monday, October 20, 2008

IDRC Fontana November 22 - GT-R Meet

IDRC is holding an event at Autoclub Dragway at Fontana on November 22.There should be several Nissan Skyline GT-Rs out at the event running down the quarter mile. D Sport's 9 second R33 GT-R. D Sport's 10 second R33 GT-R. RB Motorsports is going to bring out several cars to run. Everyone is welcome. Maybe even some R35 GT-R's. IDRC drag racing.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Import Tuner 10th Anniversary Party

Import Tuner Magazine 10th Anniversary Party.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Formula DRIFT No Limits DVD Release; Highlighting the 2007 Pro Championship Season

Long Beach, Calif. – October 16, 2008 – Formula DRIFT and Live Sockets Entertainment will be releasing “Formula DRIFT No Limits,” a 120-minute DVD that delivers all the action and excitement of the 2007 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season presented by Circuit City.

"We're excited to work with Formula Drift once again to produce the DVD," says Thuy Dang, Live Sockets executive producer. "Fans have been asking for this content and they are going to be pumped to get their hands on this release."

Relive the excitement of the 2007 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship as we take you through the fierce competition, heated rivalries, and spectacular action that defines Formula Drift; the world's premier professional drifting championship.

In addition to the full 2007 season review, the DVD will contain never before seen behind-the-scenes footage of all the top Formula DRIFT drivers. Watch drivers Chris Forsberg, Rhys Millen, Daijiro Yoshihara, Samuel Hubinette, and Tanner Foust battle it out for the Castrol SYNTEC Power Cup crown in a highly competitive field of domestic and international talent.

“Formula DRIFT No Limits,” is available now with the MSRP of $19.95. The 120-minute DVD will be available for purchase through the Live Sockets network of retailers in North America, the UK, Europe, and Australia / New Zealand. For more information visit Buy two copies. Thuy needs some new wheels for his BMW.


From SEMA News

SEMA applauded President Bush’s decision to sign into law legislation to strengthen intellectual property (IP) protections for American businesses and consumers. Passage of the Pro-IP Act has been a top legislative priority for SEMA. The new law increases civil and criminal laws against counterfeiting and piracy, and establishes permanent programs in which the U.S. government works with industry and foreign governments to fight global piracy.

“Lawmakers have taken an important step in helping combat the scourge of counterfeiting,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “Our industry is all about innovation, technology and quality. Counterfeiters rob our companies of those valuable assets. This provides the U.S. government with new tools and resources to fight intellectual property thieves. Our industry owes a particular debt of gratitude to Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) for their leadership in getting the legislation enacted into law.”

Enactment of the new law was the culmination of more than two years of work by SEMA and other industry groups fighting for stronger protection of U.S. copyrights, trademarks and patents. One highlight of the law is the establishment of an IP czar who will coordinate all government anti-counterfeiting actions and report directly to the president.

Over the years, SEMA members have registered an increasing number of complaints about counterfeit products and illegal knock-offs. Enactment of the law authorizes more federal enforcement officers and agents in the field dedicated to investigating counterfeiting claims. Additional enforcement personnel will help track counterfeiters from the point of foreign production, through importation and distribution to store shelves.

Counterfeiters will face stiffer criminal penalties when they are apprehended, especially if the products potentially affect consumer safety. The law does not change a basic requirement that businesses must first register their copyrights, trademarks and patents with the appropriate government authorities in order to establish enforceable legal rights.

Counterfeiting has had a large cost on the industry, and the new law holds the potential to provide important relief. “Since 1999, SEMA member Auto Meter has spent over $2 million dollars protecting itself against infringing imports,” said Auto Meter President Jeff King.

“Auto Meter applauds lawmakers for providing industry, federal courts and government agencies with more tools to address this problem. Our company is fighting every day to protect American innovation, jobs and consumers, and share this investment in intellectual property with the rest of the world. Products continue to enter the U.S. market, and every year Auto Meter loses tens of thousands of dollars in sales to these illegal products.” IP

Nissan Silvia S16 Renderings

From Autoblogvia 7Tune
Reports indicate that the Nissan may use a turbocharged 1.6-liter unit putting out somewhere north of 200-horsepower, but less than 250.
Lots of people have been asking for it, a new small rear wheel drive car. If they build it, will people buy it ? Coming soon ?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Please Tell Me This Is A Joke


Not a GT-R, but I don't know where to start on it. I hope its a joke. Luckily its in the UK somewhere. They can have it and keep it Fugly

R33 R34 GT-R Vspec G Sensor Troubleshooting

From the GTR UK Forums A guy in Sweden is having problems with his ATTESA system. His car is an R33 Vspec, this diagram is R34 Vspec. They are not exactly the same, but they are similar.
I have to dig though some of my folders to see if I can find the R33 wiring diagram in English. ATTESA ET-S Pro

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

JDM Volk Racing SE37K 18" R33 R34 GTR

GT-R wheels

DOT approved R33 Nissan Skyline GTS

Not a GT-R. My blog, my rules.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Nissan 370Z Information and Pictures

Some pictures and information about the new , shorter , more powerful Z car, the 370 Z. Inside Line

The new 2009 Nissan 370Z is scheduled to make its first public appearance at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 21-30, 2008. But when a prototype of the new Z-car came to town in early October, we were fortunate to be invited by Nissan to take a look at it.

I wonder where that shot is from ?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Santa Anita Park

A furlong is an 1/8th mile

Friday, October 10, 2008

Irwindale 1/8th mile - R32 Skyline GT-R

Went to Irwindale 1/8th mile drag strip last night with Jeffs R32 GT-R. Tried it on the pump gas tune and 20 psi of boost. Did a 7.29@99.65 and 7.28@98.80 , 7.3@98.77 , 7.6@101.33 . Best 60 foot was a 1.61 on the 7.29 pass. 1.67 on the 7.28 pass.

Tires were Toyo RA1's. 275/35/18 all around. The 7.29 pass they told me if I ran 7.25 that I would need a roll bar, so they asked me to keep it under 7.25. I tried to turn up the boost, but I think I might have had a small boost leak. We are going to check it out, and come back with more boost. Next time race gas tune and 26/27 psi

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Turbolag - 2.8 liter , GT-RS Turbos

Jeffs R32 GT-R went back on the dyno yesterday at RB Motorsports. This is a continuation of my turbolag charts. These are all eyeballed numbers off dynocharts. Not 100% scientific, but not grossly off either. Jeffs car has been a long build. Its one of those ongoing shop projects. Something that gets worked on for a while, and then is pushed to the side for a while. The car has a ton of modifications, but it looks mostly stock. Underneath, the car is almost all R34 GT-R. Front and rear subframes, brakes, ABS , V-Spec rear diff. Lots of cool things that you wouldn't notice. However, this post is all about the dynocharts.
We got the Dynapack controller back earlier in the week and tested it out on Thursday. Everything seemed fine, and we even had new upgraded software. Jeffs car doesn't look too crazy underneath the hood. It still has the twin turbopipe , it still has the stock airbox on it.

Its always the stuff you can't see that is important. The engine is a 2.8 liter that was built several years ago by XS Engineering. The engine actually came with another car that RB purchased . The turbos are HKS GT-RS with strengthened actuators set at 16 psi base. The twin turbo pipe looks polished but its actually got a splitter/divider in it. The airbox looks stock, but it has an extra air feed going to it. Exhaust manifolds are N1's. Exhaust outlets are Nismo cast outlets. Exhaust is all titanium. Camshafts are fairly small. 9.1 mm and 8.9 mm of lift. 272 / 264 duration. +4 on the intake cam , 0 on the exhaust cam. The head has been ported and modified by Jeff of RB Motorsports. Hard piping. Nismo collector. Stock throttle bodies. ARC intercooler. HKS Racing BOV. Engine management is AEM with 24-1 CAS wheel. NGK #9 Racing plugs. Stock "new" coils. Stock "new" coil harness. 1000 cc injectors. Two Bosch 044 pumps in the tank. Twin -8 feeds.
Stock fuel tank with Two Bosch 044 Fuel pumps and -8 feeds in the stock tank
We started on the dyno on pump gas - 91 octane here in California. We were still learning the new software with the dyno. Figuring out how long to setup the ramp time. Mitch Peterson did the tune on the car. Mitch worked at AEM, taught the AEM EMS class, and he knows his way around the AEM EMS. The dyno chart just didn't look right. The car just wasn't running right. We spent a little time troubleshooting it. We thought we had some leaks, or that we had a cam gear slip . We went over and over things, and we found that the timing was off about 10 degrees.
R33 GT-R power steering pump. Rear hydraulic Hicas delete

The first pull on pump and about 16 psi did a little over 400 whp uncorrected. It was about 80 degrees and a decent amount of humidity. We kept pushing and pushing the pump gas setup. We had the boost up to about 23 psi. Best we saw was 567 whp on 91 octane. I would say that the repeatable number is 550 whp and 470 lb-ft. We were pretty happy with that number on pump gas.
The day before Josh had called me and asked if we wanted to run the car on race gas... I thought it might be a good idea, so I went and picked up 10 gallons of C16. $131 - $13 a gallon. Cheaper than an engine. Not cheap by any means. At the end of the 91 octane runs, we drained the fuel and put in 5 gallons of C16. 25 psi of boost, more timing and the car was up over 600 whp and 500 lb-ft. Mitch added some more duty cycle to the wastegates to get the boost up even higher. 27 psi and we exceeded the maximum KW of the dyno. Over 540 lb-ft, and the dyno shutdown. Ramping the boost in slower , got us up to 630 whp and 530 lb-ft. The peak torque would have been higher, but the dyno couldn't handle it. We tried one run, pulling the K & N panel air filter out of the stock airbox, and we only gained about 5 whp. If we would have tightened the turbo actuators up more, we could have made more peak boost, but may have run into the torque limit, but up higher in the rpm range. I think we are pretty close to being done on this setup, at least for this week. Throwing some correction at the numbers, I saw 690 whp. The 1/4 mile dyno doesn't lie.
Oil catch can returns to the sump. R34 GT-R ABS unit and control

We took the car up and down the alley a few times. The first 6000 rpm launch on Jeffs car lit up all four tires for about 30 feet. Hopefully next Thursday we will get it to Irwindale, and perhaps to IDRC in October.

11.0@131 mph video.

Timeslips from Irwindale. Best 60 foot 1.61 with a 7.299@99 mph pass on pump gas
60 foot times sucked. On the 11.0@131 mph pass, it was a 1.899

GT42R Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 For Sale - California Car

This car makes pretty good power.

Friday, October 03, 2008

We Ran Jeffs Car On the Dyno Today

Maximum KW Exceeded
And This is What we saw. First we did get to run it on pump gas though.