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Mine’s GT-R Products

Well, Mine’s is and has been one of Japan’s premiere vehicle performance tuning shops, and the work they have been doing with the Nissan GT-R R35 is absolutely incredible. They offer full dry carbon fiber body modification for the Nissan GT-R, as well as fantastic performance upgrade pieces.

Their full ESTA suspension kits offer some of the very best components available in one solid, well-tuned package, and the numbers on the Mine’s Titanium VX II Pro Exhaust system for the Nissan GT-R are absolutely incredible. While the Mine’s equipment is expensive, it is not like this for no particular reason. The reviews across the board on the Mine’s products have been exceptional, and most people claim that the pieces themselves are more than worth the money spent on them.

I’m looking at purchasing one of the VX II Pro Titanium exhausts for myself now, after having seen and heard just how incredible a system it is.

The aerodynamic body pieces designed by Mine’s are certain to cut down on track times as well. Coupled with their VX-Rom, VX II Exhaust, Super Catalyzer, and Improved Intake system, you’re looking at getting 60+ HP on the GTR. Add to that some 200+ pounds weight reduction from all of their weight reducing products, and you’re looking at making one of the most incredible cars ever produced a nearly unstoppable racing force. Mine’s is certainly a good company to go with also, as their experience and name guarantee you’re getting the very best of the best. Their GT-R R35 line was just finished, and is being carried in America by very few places. I found the Mines Nissan GTR Parts at Southern Car Parts for what appears to be less than any other competitor out there. The SCP guys also seem to have the entire Mine’s product line available, as well as a number of other GT-R products, making them a certain go-to for future GT-R performance part purchases.

Mine’s and the Nissan GT-R R35, a match made in heaven it would seem!

Best looking GT-R at SEMA? Seibon’s Carbon Car

Been looking through photos from SEMA and I came across these of Seibon Carbon’s SEMA GT-R, and was simply amazed at how fantastic this iteration of the GT-R looks. Ignore the emblems and stickers all over the vehicle and just look at that body kit! Those lines are a fantastic touch to the already awesome and mean looking GT-R, I especially love the front bumper and the rear diffuser.

Front end of the Seibon Carbon GT-R at SEMA, what a mean looking front bumper!

Click on the gallery images below for full shots! Definitely worth a look, these are great looking exterior mods!

If you want to purchase these, I did a lot of web searching and it looks like carries the product line at the best prices I’ve found anywhere. Definitely worth a look!

R-36 is greenlighted and set to arrive 2013!

‘Evolutionary’ R36 should be with us by 2013

Nissan has reconfirmed its commitment to an ongoing GT-R development programme, with a model replacement cycle in place that should see an R36 hit the streets by 2013 at the latest.

Current R35 will be replaced around 2013

PistonHeads was at Nissan’s Nurburgring Technical Centre earlier this week, when VP of global product planning Andy Palmer paid a flying visit to show his support for the GT-R programme lead by Kazutoshi Mizuno.It was Andy’s first meeting with the Japanese GT-R ‘away team’ at the Nurburgring and, speaking informally to the assembled engineers and support staff, he spoke warmly of their achievements and reaffirmed Nissan’s commitment to the GT-R project.

“These are very hard times and, as you know, we have had to make cuts to many programmes,’ he told the team. ‘However, it is very important to Nissan that we remain able to offer a diverse range of vehicles from electric cars, to LCVs and the GT-R and we continue to fully support the work you are doing here.”

Speaking to PH later on – while waiting for a rapid ride around the Nurburgring circuit in a Spec-V development car – Andy confirmed that a model replacement programme was still in place in spite of the economic downturn, based on a roughly similar timescale to the Porsche replacement cycle.With the 911 GT2 being the car Nissan likes to benchmark, that puts a lifespan of 5-6 years on the current R35 – according to our rudimentary maths.

Unsurprisingly, Andy also confirmed to us that the next-generation GT-R will be an evolution of the current platform, and will therefore retain the twin-turbocharged V6 and rear transaxle configuration.

“In that respect, it’s not going to be a massive one-off investment,” Palmer told PH. “It’s more a case of putting a bit of money into the programme every year, to make sure we keep the GT-R where it needs to be.”

Author: Chris-R
Source: PistonHeads

Upgrades for the GT-R being worked in 2010 for 2011!


Stiffer suspension, NACA ducts and data-logging will be next year’s highlights

2010 model year upgrades for Nissan’s GT-R will include the adoption of the Spec-V’s rear diffuser plus new side NACA ducts, suspension tweaks, and an optional NISMO data-logging facility that will let drivers share and compare data via their PCs.

The changes were revealed to PistonHeads yesterday by GT-R project chief Kazutoshi Mizuno, who was our host yesterday at the company’s Nurburgring technical centre where elements of the 2010 upgrade package – and European Spec-V models – are undergoing their final evaluation.

According to Mizuno-san, the suspension tweaks are minor but include marginally stiffer front spring and damper rates, and stiffer bushing for the rear torsion control arms. The aim is to further increase the driver appeal – or to paraphrase the enigmatic chief engineer ‘to make the driver’s buttocks feel even closer to the rear wheels during sporty driving’.

Final 2010 MY testing is underway

The NISMO data-logging system will be part of an upgraded sat-nav option. As we understand it, owners will be able to download data using a USB memory stick, load it onto their PC for analysis, and even share their numbers with other GT-R drivers online.

The adoption of the Spec-V rear diffuser and new NACA ducts next to the rear wheels are there to improve airflow and brake cooling, says Mizuno. The 2010 cars have also been tweaked to meet Euro 5 emissions regs, and an ECU modification improves low-speed tractability in low temperatures when the transmission fluid is still cold.

PH was there too - full story on its way...

Mizuno and Nissan senior vice president Andy Palmer (who was co-incidentally visiting the Nurburgring GT-R test team on the same day) also gave us some insights into the new Spec-M model that has been rumoured for some time. Contrary to the suggestion in our story yesterday, it won’t be at the Tokyo motor show next month, but will emerge sometime next year instead.

We shouldn’t get too distracted by the ‘comfort’ tag, they say, as the core package will be largely undiluted. Instead, think of a GT-R ‘plus’ with extra luxury fittings like a high-end sound system, expensive interior fittings and a more ‘bespoke’ feel.

Like the Spec-V, the idea of the Spec-M is to increase exclusivity, not improve accessibility, so although the suspension may be set up for a little more comfort we’re not expecting the driving experience to feel very different from the standard car.

Meanwhile the 2010 model year GT-R should be available in the UK early next year, around the same time as the Spec-V edition.


HKS releases more powerful GT600 upgrade for Nissan’s GT-R

HKS was one of the first major tuning houses to work on Nissan’s legendary GT-R supercar, developing performance kits and accessories as early as the 1989 R32 model right up to the latest R35 model. While many rival Japanese tuning firms specialise in simple off-the-shelf mods, the engineering that goes into every HKS product is based on experience garnered from more than 35 years of drag racing, road racing, rallying, and top speed trials. As a result, HKS has been synonymous with performance in the automotive aftermarket industry.

The most recent package from company was the GT570 racing kit for the GT-R. Already on sale in the U.S. for $5,700 as a race-only conversion, the kit includes 75mm racing extension pipes, new intercooling piping, a reprogrammed ECU, a sequential blow-off valve kit, reinforced actuators, and new spark plugs.

HKS has now released an updated GT600 package in either Racing or Sport lines. The new GT600 is kit is based on the previous GT570 package and essentially add a new induction kit with large diameter intakes, a fuel regulator and a fuel pump. The only difference between the Racing and Sport lines is the exhaust system, which for the street-legal Sport trim has been toned down to pass emission and noise regulations in Japan.

According to HKS’ own dyno chart the addition of the GT600 package boosts power to 592hp (441kW).

No word yet on any U.S. release dates or prices, but the kits are available now with a starting price of ¥882,000 (approximately $8,965).

Nissan Announces New GT-R SpecV Model

TOKYO (Jan. 8, 2009) — Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a new limited-production Nissan GT-R SpecV model, which goes on sale at seven specially selected Nissan dealers throughout Japan on February 2, 2009. The GT-R SpecV is targeted specifically at enthusiast drivers who desire race car-level performance in a street-legal vehicle.


Developed around the multi-dimensional Nissan GT-R sports car, which was introduced just more than one year ago to universal global acclaim, the new SpecV model builds on the original’s “ultimate supercar that anyone can enjoy driving anywhere, at anytime” philosophy – taking it to an entirely new level of “oneness between man and machine.” The SpecV model includes unique body, interior and performance equipment and modifications, raising the GT-R’s unmatched performance to even higher levels.

The GT-R SpecV’s new exterior features include a carbon fiber rear spoiler, a carbon fiber grille, and carbon fiber brake ducts. The SpecV is available exclusively in Ultimate Black Opal (RP) body color. Inside, the SpecV’s unique two-seat interior (non-SpecV GT-R models also include a two-place rear seat) offers special Recaro carbon fiber bucket seats, while carbon fiber insets embellish the rear center storage box, instrument panel and other trim areas.

Performance is enhanced with a new high gear boost control device, which momentarily increases boost of the engine’s twin turbochargers for greater torque in the intermediate-to-high speed ranges to provide a more powerful feeling of acceleration, while also allowing the engine to operate at a lower speed for improved fuel economy. Other modifications include a titanium-coated exhaust system and carbon-ceramic brakes that provide powerful stopping performance.

The GT-R SpecV is also equipped with lightweight, racing-style forged aluminum wheels that were developed for this model and have been sold by Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO) since September 2008. The lighter unsprung weight provided by the new wheels, together with the enhanced braking capability, an exclusive suspension and high-grip tires, combine to deliver the SpecV’s exceptional performance.

The SpecV will be sold at the following seven dealer outlets, each of which is staffed by mechanics with special GT-R SpecV training and who are knowledgeable of racing circuit driving.

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