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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nissan GT-R FIA GT1 News


The Swiss Racing Team has announced two of their four drivers for the FIA GT1 championship .  Former F1 driver Karl Wendlinger will be the first of two drivers in one of the cars, Swedish driver Max Nilsson will be the first of two drivers in the second car.

Sumo Power GT

Sumo Power Press Release

Sumo Power are pleased to confirm the announcement at last weekend’s Autosport International that its recently-formed team,
Sumo Power GT, has signed a partnership agreement with NISMO (Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd.) to run two Nissan
GT-Rs in this year’s inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship.
One of the cars that will be campaigned this year was unveiled at the show, the 2010 racing GT-R making its first public
appearance in the UK.
For Sumo Power, the UK’s leading supplier of Japanese performance components, this is a new venture. However, the company
is part of the JRM Group (based in Rye East Sussex) and will therefore call on the resources of its sister company JR
With no works teams permitted to compete in the Championship, NISMO will provide Sumo Power GT with technical support
throughout the season.
Managing Director for the JRM Group James Rumsey said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded the contract to run the
two GT-Rs. Working with NISMO is a great opportunity for us and the project fits perfectly into our company structure. We have
an experienced team of people already in place, a purpose-built premises with extensive engineering facilities and an existing
parts distribution operation. It’s going to be an exciting year ahead.”
The team are yet to announce the driver line-up for its two cars, but anticipates names will be confirmed in February.
The season starts in April and comprises 10 races in 10 different countries, with organisers reporting that there will be at least
24 cars on the grid

FIA GT1 Schedule

Source: Planet Lemans and SumoPower GT

Nissan Postage Stamps


Wired posted a story about Nissan postage stamps that are being sold in Japan between February 1st and August 31. If you are into Nissans and in Japan, you can pick some up.

Both sets are 80-yen stamps, 10 to a sheet. They’re sold by the sheet only and will cost you 1,200 yen per. You’ve gotta get ‘em in person. Mail order? Sorry, “Not available,” postal officials say.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bad Batch of Engines Sends 309 GT-R’s in For Repair in Europe


There has been some buzzing in some of the European forums about a bad batch of VR38DETT engines in vehicles in Europe. The crankshaft bearings in early left hand drive cars have had an issue, and 309 cars are being recalled, engines and all ancillaries replaced, and returned to the owners. The affected vehicles are only in Europe, and this engine replacement does NOT affect the US, Japan, or the UK. 


- Nissan has identified a problem with crankshaft bearings in the earliest left-hand drive EU cars.
- There are 309 vehicles affected and the owners of each one is being contacted directly.
- These cars will have their complete engines replaced as well as ancillaries such as turbos and even oil cooler.
- This will occur at three locations which are the HPCs in Sweden and Greece for local markets and a new Amsterdam special facility for all mainland Europe.
- The following markets are NOT affected: US, Japan, UK.


Source : forums

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Nissan Skyline GT-R Acceleration Video

This R33 is pretty intense.  I really like the camera angle, it really helps to give you the feeling of acceleration. I will have to see if I can get that camera angle with a wide angle lens for some videos.

No real information on where the video came from or about the car, but I would guess around 1000hp , probably a 5 or 6 speed gearbox in it with a long first gear.

Source : Youtube

Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 Setup

Tokyo Auto Salon is an annual aftermarket car show that showcases what the Japanese aftermarket has to offer.  Dino from Speedhunters posted up a few pictures of the event, here are a couple of the good ones. Head over to their articles for some more information and pictures


Tommy Kaira Ebbrezza-R R35


4 Door ER34 Nissan Skyline. Dino says he is going to post some more information on this car soon.  Z-Tune Fenders , R34 GT-R wing,and a few carbon fiber bits add to the aesthetic.


Final Connection ER34. Sporting a widebody kit, and big, make that huge color matched lips on the wheels,although it looks a lot more show than go.

Source : Speedhunters

Thursday, January 21, 2010

1957 Chevrolet Belair For Sale

1957 Chevrolet Belair

383 cubic inch engine

700R4 transmission

Jaguar IRS

Scion Racing – Thunderhill Raceway December 2009

This year, Dan Gardner and Jackson-Dawson have been nearly unstoppable. They had to settle for one third place finish, but every other race found them finishing first. Taking their start at the final round of the Western Endurance Racing Championship at Thunderhill, they were gunning for nothing less than the championship. For six hours, Dan and co-driver Jeff Lepper did everything they could to keep their team in the lead, but was it enough? Find out in this latest exclusive Scion Racing video!

Source :Scion Racing

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Nissan Skyline GT-R OEM Part Numbers

From Freshalloy Forum. Complied by John from
Part numbers for RB26DETT only, unless otherwise noted.

Ignitor pack- R32/33- 22020-05U00
Spark Plugs- PFR6A-11

Clutch Pull to push conversion-
Late Model R32, R33
Front cover assembly :32110-05U11 (japan part only)
Gasket :32112-05U12
Clutch fork :30531-01S00 (same part for a 1991-1993 240SX)
Spring :30514-14600
Spring :30534-E9000
T/O bearing :30502-14601
Bearing sleeve:30501-S0160 / 30501-N1601 (14mm for twin / trip disc)
Bearing sleeve: 30501-K0404 (24mm for single disc)
Dust cover :30542-31610
Slave cylinder :30620-21U01
Flywheel bolt: 12315-04U00

Factory Clutch
Disc- C0100-05U15
Cover-30210 - 05U01
Bearing- 30502-21000
Disc- 30100-21U01
Cover- 30210-21U00
Throw out bearing- 30502-12U00 (300ZX part) or 30502-45P00 (300ZX part)
Bearing Sleeve- 30501-S0200 (18mm)
Disc- 30100-0V708
Cover- 30210-24U00
Bearing- 30502-12U00
Disc- 30100-0V708
Cover-30210 - AA300
Bearing- 30502-12U00
R32/33 Brembo Brake pads-
F 41060-12U87
R 44060-12U87
Belts- RB26 R32 4 Ribs
AC- 925 mm
Power Steering- 950 mm
Fan- 880 mm
RB26 R33/R34- 4 Ribs
AC- 910 mm
Power Steering- 969 mm
Fan- 875 mm
R32- RB25
AC- 4 ribs 925mm
PS- 3 ribs 845mm
Fan- 4 ribs 860mm
R32- RB20
AC- 4 ribs 925mm
PS- 3 ribs 855mm
Fan- 4 ribs 860mm
R33- RB25
AC- 4 ribs 910mm
PS- 3 ribs 845mm
Fan- 4 ribs 850mm
AC- 3 ribs 910mm
PS- 3 ribs 855 mm
Fan- 4 ribs 850mm
R34- RB25/RB20 - 4 Ribs
AC- 910mm
PS- 865mm
Fan- 890mm

Toyota FT86 Sports Concept – Modern AE86

The evolution model of the FT-86 concept was shown at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon. The G Sports Concept is equipped with a turbo charged 2 liter boxer engine, a carbon GT wing on the rear, G'z body kit all around, G'z 19 inch rims with Potenza RE050, G'z Recaro bucket seats, and even a Roll cage.

Source : GT Channel

E85 Fueled GT-R Tuning Results


Tim Bailey, the head calibrator with Cobb tuning recently ran an R35 GT-R with E85 fuel on the dyno and obtained some impressive results.  E85 is a blended fuel of ethanol and gasoline. 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.  E85 is 105 octane, and a renewable fuel. However it does have some downsides,but as this is an enthusiast blog, I won’t go into them much, look it up.  Here in California we only have a few places that you can purchase E85, and the energy contained within the fuel is lower than gasoline, so it takes more ethanol to go the same distance, and to make the same power. E85 fuel requires a retune, as the fuel requirements are about 30% higher than 100% gasoline.

The positives are that it is relatively cheap compared to a race fuel, and that it is available at the pump in a lot of places in the US.   Bailey took a GT-R with a midpipe, cat back exhaust , twin 255 fuel pumps, and 800 cc injectors, and put it on the dyno.

Because our injectors are mathematically ideal for ~30% higher flow it’s clear that the stock fuel pumps simply cannot keep up with higher duty cycle with 800cc injectors.To combat the lack of fuel we installed two walbro 255s in the place of the stock fuel pumps. The installation took about 4 hours total as the stock in tank fuel surge tank needed heavy but straightforward modification. With new fuel pumps installed we went back to the dyno with high hopes of sufficient fuel delivery.



Stock on 92 octane the car did 435 hp / 435 ft/lb . On 92 octane with the exhaust mods at 16.5 psi the car made 513 hp/512 ft/lbs. With the E85 in the tank, 18 psi of boost, the car made 574 hp/585 ft/lbs.  They think they can make over 600 whp on E85 with a few more tweaks.


Source : Cobb Blog (say that 5 times fast)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

George’s RB25DET Powered S14

Georges RB25DET powered S14. Power FC . With the stock turbo, and engine it did 300 hp / 300 ft-lb .  With the Turbonetics turbo, and a built engine it did  440hp/420 lb-ft.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

STILLEN Nissan GTR and Inside STILLEN Tour

The Smoking Tire visits the headquarters of Steve Millen Sportparts, better known as STILLEN, and take an inside look at how STILLEN produces their high-quality aftermarket parts. We then get a ride in the STILLEN Nissan GTR with the man, Steve Millen himself.

Evo Magazine Car of the Decade :Result

Evo Magazine from the UK had an online poll on what their readers considered to be the the best and most important car of the last 10 years and the Nissan GT-R won.
Sadly, though, there’s reason to believe the vote was swung in the Nissan’s favour (and the second-place Vauxhall VX220’s) by a brace of enthusiastic owners’ forums. The rest of the contenders were left languishing as the Japanese giant and the Griffin-badged sports car battled it out in a distinctly two-horse race.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Super Street Magazine – Mines R35 GT-R

sstp_1002_05_o 2009_nissan_gt_r_r35 side_view

Super Street has just posted an article online about the Mines R35 GT-R. Anyone that has watched any of the Best Motoring videos online has seen what Mines has done in the past with Nissan Skylines, and it is always impressive, understated, and fast.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tomei Poncams for the R35 GT-R

Camshafts for the VR38DETT engine have been pretty scarce so far. Only Mines having released a set so far at 138,000 yen($1480).  It has not stopped cars with stock camshafts from pushing over 700 horsepower to the wheels.The more lift and duration a camshaft has, the more potential power, higher in the rev range, a car will make.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Ultimate guide to Suspension and Handling Part 1, Wheels and Tires

591486104_twtdq-LThe Ultimate guide to Suspension and Handling Part 1, Wheels and Tires


 MotoIQ's Mike Kojima posted the first part of their ultimate guide to suspension and handling.

Horsepower is sexy and chicks dig it, at least a lot of meatheads think that way. Making horsepower is relatively easy. A lot of competent people know how to make power, lots of it. Until drifting became the rage in this country, handling and cornering prowess was for geeks, the road racing elite and autocrossers. Handling was for dweebs that raced around cones in parking lots, or loners prowling canyon roads at night, not for cool people in the scene.

How to tune a car's suspension was an unknown art in the world of mainstream performance, simply because most people didn’t care about handling. Most people emulated the world of road racing by making their cars low. Low was cool, low was handling.



Mike explains some of the basics on tires and wheels, and what people should look for in wheels and tires, obviously more slated to track/street usage than bling.

I am looking forward to the rest of this serious. MotoIQ is full of great tech, you should check it out. 


Source: MotoIQ

Nismo R34 Skyline GT-R Z-tune Time Attack - Best Motoring International

Nismo R34 Skyline GT-R Z-tune Time Attack - Best Motoring International

[English Narration & Subtitles] The Legendary Nismo Z-tuned GT-R challenges the new Fuji Speedway. Time attack driven by the the Nismo works racer, Satoshi Motoyama.



Nissan GT-R  1:56.961 140 ´08 479 / 1740 Best Motoring

Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI 1:59.720 137 ´09 525 / 1620 Best Motoring

An Interesting Way to List an R33 On Ebay : Replica


I guess people will do whatever it takes to sling a car off on other people.  Replica.

Nissan R35 GT-R For Sale - $61,500 : SOLD

edit: SOLD, check HERE for more cars for sale

R35_1[1] R35 GTR


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New Year brings improved small containers for do-it-yourself automobile refrigerant

Self-sealing containers reduce emissions of potent greenhouse

SACRAMENTO: This New Year, California’s home-based mechanics
will see changes to small containers of R-134a, a compound used
to recharge automobile air-conditioning systems and a potent
greenhouse gas.

The new requirements, adopted by the Air Resources Board to
comply with AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of
2006, are expected to eliminate over 250,000 metric tons of
carbon-dioxide equivalents in 2020. The gas in these small
containers, R-134a, is 1,300 times more powerful than carbon
dioxide in trapping heat from the sun in the atmosphere, in turn
contributing to climate change.

“This is an excellent example of how regulations can be crafted
with full cooperation of the industry,” said ARB Chairman Mary D.
Nichols. “As a result, do-it-yourselfers will continue to have an
affordable product to recharge their car’s air conditioners but
with fewer emissions of potent greenhouse gases.”

The regulation, one of a series of so-called discrete early
action measures under AB 32 has four major components:

   * Better container technology: a self-sealing valve on all
small containers of automotive refrigerant sold in California to
prevent emissions of any product remaining in a used container;
   * Improved instructions for use;
   * A new industry-run container deposit and recycling program
to ensure the recovery of refrigerant remaining in a used can;
   * A manufacturer-developed education program so consumers
can use the best techniques for recharging an air conditioner.

Consumers of the do-it-yourself cans of automotive refrigerant
should begin to see cans on the shelf that meet the new
requirements as existing inventory is sold and restocked over the
next few months.

AB 32, California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was
signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2006 and
calls on California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to
1990 levels by 2020.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Car of the Year /Car of the Decade

Peoples memories are short.  Over at Autoblog, Damon Lavrinc posed the question of “Whats your vehicle of the Decade ?”. Its been a pretty popular post with 412 comments thus far.  People range from the Bugatti, to the Prius, to the ZR1 and the GT-R. .


carofthedecade-630op’s Dan Stevens picked the Nissan GT-R as his Car of the Decade. 

So it’s my car of the decade because it redefines the idea of a supercar; it doesn’t have to be massively expensive (okay, I can’t afford a new one either, but it’s a lot less than a 911 Turbo and considerably more exclusive) to offer ballistic performance in a full-size bodyshell that makes people stare and small boys point.

Nissan GTR

Nitrobahn picked their top 10 Supercars of 2009, and along with the $400,000 2010 Lexus LFA , 2010 Lamborghini Reventon Roadster,Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss , 2009 Bertone Mantide , Aston Martin One-77 , Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce , Ferrari 458 Italia , Mercedes Benz SLS AMG , and  McLaren MP4-12C , they picked  the 2009 Nissan GT-R SpecV.

Are you surprised to see a car from Nissan in this top 10 list? The powerful GT-R has now acquired the one thing it needed to hold its head high in the super car league – a six-figure price tag. put up its best 10 cars of the Decade, and they put the Nissan GT-R at #8 .


Autotrader UK also picked their car of the Decade. Their list was 20 deep with the top spot occupied by the Bugatti Veyron, however the #2 pick might be surprising to some, but not as much of surprise if I am mentioning it here.

The GT-R is the world's hardest, fastest and most technologically advanced car Nissan has ever produced and has given a bloody nose to every single one of the world's supercars - all for just £52,995.

Most notably, it gave the Porsche 911 Turbo - a £100,000 elite supercar - a thrashing around the Nurburgring.

And finally, at least for this installment, Evo is picking their car of the decade.  The nominee for 2008 was the Nissan GT-R, and now the voting is passing over to the forum members. Right now the GT-R is leading.