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Saturday, June 26, 2010

STILLEN GT-R Spectre 341 Hillclimb Updates

June 25, 2010

Looks like cell phone coverage is decent out in Virginia City where STILLEN and Steve Millen are running the GT-R at the Spectre 341 Challenge. We’ll use this blog post as a place to post updates and photos we get back from the team.  We’ll have a full recap after the event ends.

Friday 6/25 – 11:20am (Kyle via text)

Phone works okay.. no real updates.. did drivers meeting this morning and the drivers got a tour of the race course with tips from Amir from Spectre

The HRE Porsche is pretty nice and looks well prepared and the LG Vette is nice.. light weight good tires.. all good

There’s a hearse here too!  I don’t know about it though.. I think they are just here








Friday 6/25 – 11:43am (Kyle via text)

The hearse now has numbers.. looks like it’s running!

Friday 6/25 – 12:33pm (Kyle via text)

Just started sprinkling and apparently they’re delaying the start (we’d really like to run!)

(Questioned Kyle on whether it was a get in line type of deal, or if everyone is running it a set number of times?)

Just get in line..

We haven’t even left the hotel.. were trying to convince them to let us run

There is 700-1100 horsepower Porsche.. there are some huge horsepower cars up here

Friday 6/25 – 12:33pm (Kyle via text)

We did find out though that they aren’t posting any times until tomorrow night.  We have a stop watch that we’ll keep track of our time, but we don’t know how everyone else is doing

Steve and Jodi Millen

That’s not a typo on Jodi’s race suit!

Friday 6/25 – 2:27pm (Kyle via text)

We were two minutes from starting but the safety crew had to leave for a local accident… no go on the restart.  The accident was not on the course.. the same crew is on call for the other highways as well.  Unfortunately this is cutting down on the number of possible runs.

Friday 6/25 – 2:52pm (Kyle via text)

Cars are away!!!  The GT-R was second in line!

Friday 6/25 – 3:20pm (Kyle via text)

First run was good.. they’re just going to increase boost.. tires are still a bit greasy but starting to come in

Friday 6/25 – 3:46pm (Kyle via text)

GT-R just took off for its second run.. looks like he’s chasing it harder this run

Friday 6/25 – 4:15pm (Kyle via text)

Here’s a quick video from a corner I’m standing on of the GT-R

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Here’s a video of the Viper coming around the same corner

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Friday 6/25 – 4:59pm (Kyle via text)

Done for the day.. Steve is pretty happy with the car and is still trying to scrub in the tires.  Only made three runs but I think they’re happy with what theyre seeing.

The high elevation has caused a big drop in boost but the TurboSmart boost controller is allowing them to adjust that and increase pressure.

Look for more updates tomorrow..

Saturday 6/26 – 9:08am (Kyle via text)

First run of the day they shaved 3.5 seconds off from their fast time from yesterday.

Saturday 6/26 – 9:34am (Kyle via text)

They just shaved another three seconds.

There is a really fast EVO up here with really sticky nittos and the driver has a lot of experience.

Saturday 6/26 – 9:59am (Kyle via text)

If we had some better tires like the Dunlops we’d be much faster.  Unfortunately the Dunlops are on national back order otherwise we’d have them on the car.. according to Nissan they’re good for around a second a mile faster.

Saturday 6/26 – 10:16am (Kyle via text)




Saturday 6/26 – 10:25am (Kyle via text)

We softened the STILLEN front sway bar last night, and Steve is saying its helped a lot and he can start turning the back of the car today.. I’m sure that’s where some of the time is coming from.

Saturday 6/26 – 10:40am (Kyle via text)

Quick video of the ZR1

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Quick video of Steve and the STILLEN GT-R

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Saturday 6/26 – 10:50am (Kyle via text)

Steve and Team STILLEN are done for the day.. the road is extremely slick, and the tires don’t have any grip any more.

With having to ship the car to New Zealand for the Targa Rally in a couple of days, and not having good tires, Steve’s just taking it kinda easy.

This is a fun event and we will be back for sure next year.


Source: STILLEN Blog

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

STILLEN GT-R To Compete at Spectre 341 Hillclimb


This event is held on a closed section of Highway 341 that would normally be opened to the public.  Originally started in the early 70’s this event was pioneered by the local Ferrari clubs.  The event ran until 2002 before being shut down.  2010 marks the re-organization of the event and the new promoter Spectre 341’s involvement.  The course is 5.2 miles long with plenty of high speed long turns and narrow switchbacks.  In barely over 5 miles the event travels 1,200+ feet in elevation!!!  The current record up the hill is three minutes and 10 seconds.  Held be the president of Spectre Performance and his highly modified F40 Ferrari.  Steve Millen and Team STILLEN hope to break that record and perhaps dip under the three minute mark!

To prepare for the event the Team headed out to Spring Mountain Raceway to do a little track testing.  Spring Mountain is a good test area for this event because Highway 341 offers pretty flat, high speed turns, and a few tight twisty areas as well, very similar to a track like Spring Mountain.  The main priorities at Spring Mountain were tire testing, suspension development, and increased boost pressure.  Further development back at the shop consisted of installing GReddy Intercoolers, GReddy Hard Pipes, and a GReddy Cold Air Intake.

This weekend the Nissan GT-R from STILLEN will be competing in the Spectre 341 hillclimb in Virginia City, Nevada. This is the first annual event sponsored by Spectre, but it has been raced in the past by Ferrari clubs.

The course is 5.2 miles long, and the record time is 3:10 by a modified Ferrari F40 in 2002.   The STILLEN GT-R hopes to go quicker than 3 minutes.

Source: STILLEN blog

Sunday, June 20, 2010

4 Hour Endurance Karting at Fontana

My 2nd stint at endurance karting, at California Speedway in Fontana. Four hours total, 11 driver changes. We had 4 guys on our team. Fun day.

4Hour Enduro -Scott Jumping

Scott Webb jumping out of the kart, and me jumping in. I love the action in this picture. Scott looks like he is running.

4 Hour Enduro

Lucky #13 . Photo by Scott Webb


I am pretty sure this is getting passed, rather than passing on the inside.Photo by Scott Webb

Team Shot

Team EprodiuSport

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lebron James Coming to the Lakers ?


Lebron James is a man looking for a team.  Looking for some rings. So far in Cleveland, he has been unsuccessful at winning a Championship. 

My outside the box scenario is that LeBron goes to Los Angeles and joins the Lakers. It actually is a perfect scenario. LeBron could be the Magic Johnson-esque point guard to replace Derek Fisher in the starting lineup (keep Fish around for those big shots he provides).

My thoughts are more along the lines of he comes off the bench in Adam Morrison's spot.  Adam Morrisson has played about eight minutes the last two years, and he has two rings.  Sure, Lebron won’t get as much up front money, maybe he might get league minimum, but he should have a chance to get some rings on those fingers.

My girlfriend says I am delusional.  I probably am.

Source : Sportz Assassin

Hybrid ? Electric ? Nissan GT-R In the Future



The Motor Report had a chance to sit down and talk with Kazutoshi Mizuno at the launch of the MY2010 Nissan GT-R in Australia.   There have been rumors about the R36 GT-R being a hybrid, but nothing has come from anyone as far up the chain as Mizuno.

“I’ve not decided what type of technology I would use,” Mizuno said to TMR.

“Diesel, hybrid, electric motor or another kind of system? It’s not been decided.”

Read more: Nissan GT-R Hybrid, EV A Possibility: Mizuno | Reviews | Prices | Australian specifications

The GT-R’s all wheel drive layout, could allow for a fairly easy integration into a mild hybrid. An electric motor could be attached to the transmission to provide drive during low speed conditions. In wheel electric motors could be added to the front wheels.  Mizuno said that it could take as few as two years to bring a hybrid powertrain to the GT-R. The Infiniti Essence concept showed some ideas for a hybrid high end car.

Mizuno also mentioned that the Nissan GT-R will get some updates in October of this year. We have posted some information on the changes in this post. These modifications are for the 2011 Japan, 2012 MY US R35, and include power upgrades to over 500 hp, aero, suspension, brake, cooling system tweaks .

Source: The Motor Report

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lakers Win. Back to Back

Monday, June 14, 2010

If You Are Going to Run From the Cops

hope they are in a van.  

As requested, here it is with the original audio. As you may notice, some parts are roughly edited out to protect the identities of the persons involved.

RB26 Powered Ford Mustang

Movie Mustang that was RB26 powered. Single Turbonetics turbo, AEM EMS, Stock engine. It was a silly car, but that is what the movie wanted. I helped to put it together, wire it, make sure it ran ok. In the movie they pull an engine from a S15 Silvia. Normally a Silvia has an SR20, but for the movie, they said it had an RB swap. Couple pictures of the engine being mocked up in the Silvia. It wasn't my idea, but I made it run.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Honda Accord Wagon Drag Racing IDRC

Honda Accord Wagon Drag Racing - IDRC June 2010 . Can you say Sleeper ? Nice runs Tyler. Next time, you need a license, neck roll, and window net, so you can go over 135 mph. The video encoding caused some lines.

Should be into the 10’s next time.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Coolest Dodge Caravan of the Day

Everyone needs a gas turbine powered Dodge Caravan.

And a burnout.

It looks like the turbine spins a shaft that drives the wheels.  Interesting. These videos are a few years old, so I wonder what happened to the van.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Stillen GT-R : DSPORT Magazine July 2010


The 620 hp Nissan GT-R from Stillen is featured on the cover of the July 2010 DSPORT Magazine.  Also featured is the IMSA 300ZX that we recently captured footage of at the Stillen Open House.

Head out to the newstand and pickup a copy.

Source : Stillen Blog

Friday, June 04, 2010

George’s RB25 Powered 240SX at XDC

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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