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2015 GT-R To Receive Major Update and New Seven Speed Gearbox

The R35 Nissan GT-R Will Receive a Major Update in 2015

A facelift and new seven speed gearbox highlight the updates in store for the GT-R in 2015

In their continual effort to make a great thing greater, Nissan is putting in to motion plans to upgrade their world-beater R35 GT-R for 2015. Since the GT-R first hit the market in 2008 it has been decimating cars that cost magnitudes more than it on roads and tracks across the globe–as well as tearing up snowy and icy terrain when the need has arisen. In 2011 the vehicle received its only major upgrade, which featured a bump in HP from 478 to 520. When 2015 rolls around, so will the second major upgrade for the GT-R.

In an effort to cut down on 0-60 and track times, Nissan is outfitting their 2015 GT-R with some fun new features. The vehicle will receive some cosmetic upgrades, which are reported to be particularly focused on the vehicle’s front end, but these are not the exciting things coming Godzilla’s way. The most important 0f these new features is the new seven speed gearbox that Nissan will be outfitting the R35 with. The seven speed will be tuned for extra pick-up and extended top gear range, all of which should result in greater speeds and track times. Nissan has specifically mentioned two areas of focus: sprint times, and the Nürburgring.

At current, the GT-R completes its 0-60 sprint in a blistering 2.8 seconds. Nissan is anticipating the new gearbox to allow their experienced drivers to shave more than a tenth of a second off of this time, and post continual 2.7seconds sprints. The extra low-end get up and go will also result in improved track times. GT-R chief engineer, Kazutoshi Mizuno, has publicly expressed an interest in getting the GT-R’s Nürburgring time down to 7 minutes and 15 seconds.

The new transmission is not the only performance goodie that the 2015 GT-R will feature. The update will also improve the vehicle’s brakes and tires, and should result in some shaved weight from the vehicle’s total curb weight. All of this means that the already world-beating Godzilla car from Japan is going to get even more exciting, and should continue to distance itself from its European and American competition.

Sony-Nissan GT Drivers Too Fast To Be Amateurs

British GT Championship Series Will Not Allow Sony-Nissan GT Academy Drivers to Compete Because They’re Too Fast

The very idea of a racecar driver being too fast to compete in a race seems absolutely absurd, as fast is exactly what racecar drivers are supposed to be, but a recent group of drivers in England are having a problem due to their incredible speed. Graduates of the Sony-Nissan Gran Turismo Academy, which trains drivers using the incredible advanced Gran Turismo driving simulator and puts them behind the wheel of amazing Nissan vehicles like the GT-R, are no longer allowed in the British GT Championship.

The Pro-Am Class, where GT Academy Drivers are being placed alongside Nissan’s own professional drivers in two-man teams, is meant to be a class for “gentleman drivers”, according to the British GT governing body. Last year, however, the first entrant of the GT Academy Alumnus, Jann Mardenborough, nearly won the class outright. When teamed up with Nissan race driver Alex Buncombe the duo took the series by storm, and the GT officials were forced to saddle time penalties to the amateur Mardenborough, as the times he was posting were much nearer the pros than they were the amateurs.

This disparity in skill, between those GT Academy racers and the actual amateurs–even though the GT Academy drivers themselves had logged no real track time–has lead the British GT governance to ban all GT Academy drivers from the amateur competition. This year was supposed to see four different drivers competing in that field, but, they’ll have to find race work elsewhere. In a statement released to the publication GT Planet, British GT series manager Benjamin Franassovici said:

“[GT Academy] has shown itself to be a great way to source raw talent and turn that into real racing talent as we saw in British GT last year with Jann Mardenborough. However Nissan’s ability to find such amazing raw talent means that we cannot accept their full season entry for British GT in 2013. Their new recruits have very little racing experience so they have to be on the lowest performance grade. Their talent, going on Jann’s speed last year, doesn’t reflect this lack of experience so it is not fair to put them up against our Pro/Gentleman grid, the basis of British GT3.


While their primary series of races has been lost, Nissan has still worked hard to line up races for their GT Academy graduates. The official 2013 schedule for GT Academy drivers will be announced at Nissan’s Nismo Performance headquarters in Yokohama, Japan on February 26. GT Academy drivers may still receive an invitation or two to specific British GT events, as well.

All of this is huge news for the video game industry, as it clearly bucks the old adage surrounding games like Gran Turismo and its competition Forza, where the belief was that while they were fun simulations they did not actually teach people to drive, and, while the average driver certainly won’t become Michael Schumacher by playing lots of video games, it clearly does provide a skill basis upon which competitive driving may be built. Of course, the expensive and detailed gaming rigs–featuring the finest technology and feedback simulators money can buy–also helps a great deal. The benefit alone of playing with a full 3-pedal, 6-speed, steering wheel get up in an upright racing seat is lightyears ahead of dicking around with a sixaxxis controller while sunken in to one’s sofa.

All of this also speaks to the capabilities of the Nissan GT-R. The vehicle’s incredible AWD handling does exactly what simulation drivers expect it to do, and is consistent enough that those who have honed their skills virtually can compete behind its wheels. In the British GT series it was certainly up against incredible competition, also. The race series is populated with the world’s more expensive supercars, and this is just another feather for the GT-R hat.

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition: Who Needs Backseats?

Nissan Unveils 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Package

Realizing that the GT-R is not a carpool vehicle, Nissan offers up a new Track Edition package which ditches the back seats in favor of weight savings and extra performance goodies.

Nissan clearly recognized that their once-touted rear seats in the GT-R were more of a nuisance than blessing since so few people use the GT-R as a commuter or carpool vehicle. Thankfully, they’ve offered up a solution in the form of the 2014 Track Edition package.

The 2014 Nissan Track Edition replaces the rear seat with ultra-lightweight quilted cloth mats. While these mats certainly aren’t the fanciest or most luxurious looking change, they’re definitely going to shave pounds off of the vehicle’s curb weight.

In addition to weight savings from removing the rear seats, the GT-R team also improved the R35’s performance in the Track Edition by coupling that change with a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, a front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, a dry carbon fiber rear spoiler and RAYS wheels with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT run-flat tires. The suspension is upgraded through use specialized Bilstein DampTronic gas pressure shocks with higher spring rates. Nissan says most of the development happened on the Nurburgring, one of the most demanding tracks in the world. The Track Edition is offered in five colors: blue pearl, black, red, gunmetal and pearl white.

All of this should result in a significantly lighter GT-R that will handle even better than it already does.

Of course, the moniker “Track Edition” seems a little silly in this situation. The front seats are not seeing any changes, and no cage or bars are being added. If you wanted to actually run your GT-R in a sanctioned track event, you’d still need to make major changes to the vehicle to be allowed to do so–even with purchasing the Track Edition package. The lightening from the factory and the improvements to the suspension will certainly be nice, but, with the vehicle without the Track Edition still being a 545 horsepower AWD supercar destroying monster, it seems a little unnecessary. For those who wish to actually build their GT-R for Track racing and performance, the cost of the package–which is not yet released, but considering the limited production run of the Track Edition (only 150 will be made available in the US) will certainly be a pretty penny–the same modifications could almost certainly be achieved through the aftermarket scene, and one could get their GT-R truly track ready.

Nissan GT-R Has No Problem With Heavy Snow

Video From the Harsh Swedish Winter Shows Nissan GT-R All Weather Capability

Let’s see your Porsche do that! We’ve known for years just what the incredible all-wheel drive system of the Nissan GT-R was capable of delivering in a track setting–putting down ludicrous amounts of torque at all four corners for some amazing acceleration and track handling performance–but this video is kind of mind-blowing. Thick and harsh snow drifts are not easy even for larger, more off-road oriented AWD vehicles, but this video shows just how capable the Nissan GT-R.

You can see the driver calmly approach the GT-R in question, the likes of which is blanketed in a heavy snow fall, and then watch as the very same GT-R pulls effortlessly from its parking spot and through the thick snow coverage. What this means then is that the GT-R truly is the ultimate every day supercar. It’s incredibly impressive to see a vehicle with record setting track capability also move through harsh winter conditions this easily. Of special note is that the location where the video is shot, in a part of Sweden that is about 100km from the Arctic Circle itself. That’s a harsh winter, and the GT-R handles it without issue. Where other cars would just spin their tires, the GT-R truly shines.

Nissan GT-R Sets Road Atlanta Record

Watch a Forged Performance Tuned Nissan GT-R Set the Road Atlanta Lap Time Record

Living in Atlanta, I’ve had the benefit of both visiting and driving the Road Atlanta course in Braselton Georgia many times. I’ve also had the benefit of meeting with, speaking to, and working with the talented engineers and mechanics at Marietta located tuner shop Forged Performance. Between these experiences, and my other work in the automotive industry as well as my lifetime spent as a veritable gearhead, I’ve seen a lot of amazing things. I have not seen anything like this however, because, frankly, no one has. The track time run on the very fast Road Atlanta 2.54 mile road course is the new record for any non LeMans series race car. Or, it was, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

The GT-R has been recognized world-round as a production supercar and this track time is just another feather in its hat. In fact, the GT-R already owns records at multiple tracks around the globe, but the video feed of this one is rare. This video features the 12 turn RA track and the impressive driving work of Mike Skeen behind the wheel of a Catesby and Forged FP800 Nissan GT-R wearing some wonderful Hoosier R100 slicks.

The official lap 3 time for this vehicle as 1:24.701, a full 3 seconds quicker than the previous Road Atlanta track record. This comes from a GT-R that, while tuned and lightened, is still entirely streetable. The video and information provided by Forged Performance–who actually collected over 25GB of electronic data from the event, much of which they claim provides intel in to how they can post a quicker time than even this one–makes for an incredible watch.

Of course, no record arrives without controversy, and many people are claiming that a lap run by Leh Keen is the actual RA Lap Time record holder. It’s difficult to ascertain which time should hold which record, as they’re run under different classes by different drivers on different days and different events. One thing of note, however: Keen also did his lap in a Nissan GT-R. This may prove the GT-R’s dominance beyond a reasonable doubt as the idealized car for the Road Atlanta set-up. Keen’s lap time was 1:23.848. Regardless of which one’s the true record holder or what the caveat may be to each record, one thing is for certain: they’re both damn impressive.

Here are other lap times from Road Atlanta to showcase where these two vehicles stand by comparison to LeMans Series cars, as well as the fastest Ferrari Challenge time ever posted there:

1:06.202 – ALMS / LMES – LMP1 – ’08 Peugeot Sport
1:10.379 – ALMS / LMES – LMP1 – ’00 Audi
1:18.632 – ALMS / LMES – GTS – ’00 Corvette C5-R
1:22.604 – LMS / LMES – GT – ’01 BMW M3 GTR
1:23.848 – NASA – TTR – Leh Keen – Nissan GT-R
1:24.701 – Chin Motorsports GT-R Track Day – Mike Skeen – Catesby/Forged FP800 Nissan GT-R
1:29.937 – Ferrari Challenge – ’03 Ferrari 360

Here’s the video of Leh Keen’s lap:

For a great primer on the Road Atlanta course and how to achieve faster lap times there if you yourself were to drive it, check out this article and pay special attention to the information about Turn 12:
How to Drive Faster – Road Atlanta

2014 Nissan GT-R R35 Details Released

Nissan Has Released Full Spec Details on the 2014 Nissan GT-R

Continually working to improve one of the world’s finest automobiles, Nissan and their GT-R R35 development team have outdone themselves once again with the 2014 Nissan GT-R. For the next model year the GT-R R35 US Spec vehicle will see a power gain of 15HP to 545HP thanks in large part to an improved air intake system and a less flow restrictive exhaust muffler. This extra Horsepower will also be met with an improved driving feel thanks to efforts by the GT-R engineers to increase chassis rigidity through multiple point chassis upgrades, as well as through an improved high-RPM throttle response that has been achieved by installing a set of new, higher performance fuel injectors.

2014 Nissan GT-R R35

The basis of the car that has wowed critics and won over hearts will remain the same, however. Tire, brake, and transmission options see no change. Suspension changes are minor, and come mostly as result of slight tweaks to stock damper rates and springs on all four corners. There is also a new and upgraded anti-roll bar on the front of the suspension. The result should be an even tighter cornering response and driver feel under heavy track conditions.

Nissan GT-R News

Nissan has also introduced a newly appointed Premium Interior Package that will offer prospective buyers a Red Amber semi-aniline leather seat package with hand stitching for a more luxurious interior feel. The Black edition Nissan GT-R package will remain as an option for 2014.

2014 Nissan GT-R R35 Horsepower


Full Press Release Below:

2014 Nissan GT-R Reflects Dedication to Continuous Development of Legendary 545-HP Supercar

– Latest Version of Nissan’s Innovative Sports Car Set for January 2013 U.S. Sales Debut, Features New Premium Interior Along With Engine and Chassis Refinements –

Track-tested development process includes class victory in Nurburgring 24-Hour race

Improved high rpm throttle response, lower center of gravity and reduced body flex lead dynamic performance enhancements

New, exclusive Premium Interior Package features Red Amber semi-aniline leather seating appointments

Emphasis on “Takumi” craftsmanship continues throughout

Considered by many to be the perfect “street-able” supercar at its launch, the team behind the creation of the Nissan GT-R has never slowed down. The relentless ongoing development of the GT-R has been driven by the fact that the GT-R competes in a rarified supercar segment against vehicles costing more than twice as much – and where bragging rights can be won or lost by mere fractions of a second. The new 2014 Nissan GT-R continues the tradition. Set to go on sale at select certified dealerships in the United States in January 2013, the latest iteration of the GT-R is another step forward in the effort to deliver passion and emotion to customers through “extreme development.”

Much of that development has taken place on the world’s most challenging racing circuits, including the famed Nurburgring where the GT-R set production car lap records in both 2008 and 2009. The most grueling of these ongoing track tests was staged in May 2012 with the entry of an essentially stock Nissan GT-R in the Nurburgring 24 Hour sports car endurance race, where it finished 1st in class and 30th overall. More than just a test of the GT-R’s durability and reliability under the most extreme conditions, the around-the-clock race was also a development trial for key GT-R senior engineering staff members that were involved in every stage of the project from vehicle prep to pit stops to post-race teardown and analysis. The experience is expected to have a long-ranging impact on the growth of the GT-R and the core development team.

“With the entry into an actual 24-hour racing competition, GT-R’s unique development process not only took an incredible step into a new dimension, it did so under the eyes of 100,000-plus spectators,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “The development of a super high performance vehicle demands testing your own limits as well as the vehicle’s, which was the case at Nurburgring and will certainly pay off in our GT-R customers’ enhanced driving enjoyment.”

2014 Nissan GT-R: The Development Continues
Following a major change to GT-R’s renowned engine for the 2013 model year – including improved intake efficiency, reduced airflow resistance, improved exhaust emissions efficiency and a 15-horsepower increase to 545 hp (along with a 15 lb-ft increase in torque to 463 lb-ft) – the development of the engine continues for the 2014 model year.

New fuel injectors are adopted for enhanced torque response in the 4,500 – 6,000 rpm range, improving throttle and acceleration feel at mid- and high-rpm ranges. Also, an oil pan baffle has been added to stabilize oil behavior and oil pressure under high performance driving conditions. The baffle reduces rotational friction, which contributes to the increased responsiveness. As in previous years, each engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by a single specially trained technician, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. For 2014, an aluminum nameplate is added to each engine showing the name of the engine constructor.

The GT-R’s advanced VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine again features innovative plasma-sprayed bores (versus cast iron liners) for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency; a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin high-performance IHI turbochargers; a secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance; a thermostatically controlled oil-cooling system; an oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; and a lateral wet and dry sump oiling system. Fuel economy is again rated at 16 mpg City and 23 mpg Highway.

The VR38DETT V6 is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts. It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.

The Nissan GT-R’s unique Premium Midship platform, created expressly for use with the GT-R, enables the use of a world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability. The rear drive-biased system can vary torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate. Of note is a special GT-R-specific yaw-rate feedback control, which measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle and actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias.

The Premium Midship Platform layout places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without the use of traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate independently and optimizing tire grip at each corner. Contributing to overall vehicle balance and low center of gravity, the unique offset input and reaction shaft design of the rear transaxle enables a shorter design profile versus a typical manual transmission, moving the concentration of powertrain weight lower in the vehicle.

Chassis development also has been continued for 2014, enhancing the sense of “grabbing the road” and enhanced high-speed handling. The front suspension link bush location has been changed and with a new anti-roll bar the front roll-center height has been reduced, along with a change in spring and shock absorber specifications to lower the center of gravity. Maintenance of front suspension alignment has also been improved.

Handling duties are again managed by a sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension system mounted to high-precision six-point front and rear subframes. A special Bilstein® DampTronic driver adjustable shock absorber system utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces and high level of control for a variety of driving situations.

The DampTronic system features three driver selectable settings – Normal; Comfort, for maximum suspension compliance; or R. The same three-stage adjustability is also available for the VDC system and transmission shift operation.

Again in 2014, the GT-R runs on Dunlop® SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high performance run-flat nitrogen-filled tires designed to match the suspension characteristics. Standard tire sizes are 255/40ZRF20 front and 285/35ZRF20 rear. Optional Dunlop® SP 7010 all-season run-flat tires are again offered as part of the Cold Weather Package.

Stopping power is again provided by Brembo® monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with 15.35-inch front and 15.0-inch rear Brembo® full-floating cross-drilled two-piece rotors and low-steel high-stiffness brake pads that minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance. The calipers utilize race car-style radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme braking.

The Nissan GT-R’s rigid forged aluminum 20-inch wheels, manufactured by RAYS®, utilize knurling inside the wheels helps keep the tires from slipping around the wheels under heavy acceleration or braking. The wheels feature a premium dark (near black) finish, which provides a high quality, high-performance look. The Black Edition features special metallic black six-spoke RAYS® forged lightweight wheels in place of the Premium model’s 10-spoke design.

“The performance enhancements for 2014 signal Nissan’s intent to keep the GT-R on the leading edge of international sports car design, technology and performance year after year after year,” said Castignetti.

Functional, High Performance Aerodynamics and Style
The Nissan GT-R’s dramatic styling is unchanged for 2014. Every aspect, from the overall design to the smallest details, is created to maximize the vehicle’s driving experience – as well as to suggest GT-R’s supercar level of performance.

The GT-R’s hybrid body construction is again a combination of steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum, providing a unique combination of stiffness, precision and lightness.

The body features a low coefficient of drag of 0.26, achieving high front and rear downforce. GT-R’s front fenders express power and stability, while the “aero-blades” on the fenders’ edges provide optimum airflow around the tires and along the body. The vents in the fenders’ trailing edges assist in providing front downforce and optimizing side airflow. The aggressive front end, with a large hood bulge and enlarged central air intake, provide a sophisticated style as well as undisturbed airflow for power and cooling. The “super wide beam” headlights feature three additional sub-reflectors (compared to conventional lights) to give a wide illumination spread.

The Nissan GT-R’s four-passenger cabin features a sloping “aero blade canopy” roofline and a curved C-pillar “sword edge,” which expresses the distinctive GT-R identity, as well as facilitating air flow around the rear of the vehicle. The signature rear view of the GT-R is provided by its hallmark four-ring taillights, while air flow above and below the vehicle is managed by the functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear venting, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips.

The GT-R Black Edition’s unique rear spoiler is designed to be as slippery to the wind as it is attractive to the eyes. Handmade in a limited monthly production run, a special coating allows carbon fiber “weave” to be felt by the touch. The lightweight dry carbon fiber material* is also incredibly strong, contributing to increased aerodynamic downforce.

GT-R’s advanced technology is present even in the vehicle’s paint, which utilizes a durable anti-chip paint and “double clear coat” process. The 2014 color palette includes Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Pearl White and a limited production 4-stage metallic Super Silver.

A New Premium Interior for 2014
Just as GT-R reflects a constant pursuit of performance improvements, driver and passenger needs and desires are also continuously reviewed. Takumi, the Japanese word for artisan, has always been reflected in the GT-R, which features a great amount of hand craftsmanship. The Premium model interior features a change in color and stitching for a higher quality look and feel.

In addition, the Black Edition model’s steering wheel features new coordinated red accents, providing a sportier appearance. The biggest interior change for 2014 is availability of a new optional Premium Interior Package with exclusive Red Amber color semi-aniline leather appointments with hand-stitching on the front seats, along with Red Amber accents on the instrument panel, steering wheel, door trim, armrests and shift knob.

“Comfort and a sense of luxury refinement are never out of place, even in car with the ultra performance levels of GT-R,” said Castignetti. “The new Premium Interior Package, which will be available in limited numbers, adds a great new look and really accents the high levels of craftsmanship found throughout each and every GT-R.”

As in previous years, the key to the Nissan GT-R’s usability as both a daily driver and a high-performance machine is its balance of functionality and comfort. It provides comfortable four-passenger seating and trunk capacity of two golf bags or suitcases. Sculpted performance bucket seats give the driver and passenger a comfortable driving experience, and soft pads are utilized on the dash in front of the passenger and both doors to give an extra level of comfort. The rear transaxle layout of GT-R, with a flat floor and narrow center tunnel, allows GT-R to have an optimal driving position. The GT-R Black Edition adds a unique red and black interior color treatment and Recaro® leather-appointed seats.

The GT-R’s cockpit-style instrument panel surrounds the driver, with all meters and multi-function meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver’s head movement. A large center-mounted tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easy-to-read graphics of the display, gives the driver instant detailed information, essential for the performance nature of the GT-R. Each meter features a dial plate design that evokes the idea of engaged gears, as well as a three-dimensional metal-like ring, suggesting the multi-dimensional performance of GT-R. A large, metallic-framed center console features an ergonomically designed shift lever and a red “engine start” button. Carbon fiber interior trim is offered for all models.

The centerpiece of the instrument panel is a video game-inspired multi-function display that was created in collaboration with Polyphony Digital, makers of the Gran Turismo electronic game. Eleven pages of information are available on this system, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback.

Additional on-screen information includes a Navigation system and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. The navigation system includes NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather capabilities (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).

All 2014 GT-R models again include a specially designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system features two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area. Rigid aluminum die cast panel-mounting of all speakers allowed Bose® engineers to perfect the acoustical performance of the GT-R sound system. Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® is standard.

Standard safety equipment includes a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for driver and front-passenger and standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection – along with front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts.

An In-Depth Look at the new Tires for the 2013 GT-R

Nissan Chose the New Dunlop SP SportMaxx GT600 Tires for their 2013 R35 GT-R

The Dunlop special race developed SP Sport Maxx GT 600 were chosen by the Nissan race engineers as the official factory equipped vehicle, and we’re taking a closer look at it

The 2013 Nissan GT-R will be hitting showroom floors across the globe later this Spring, and when it does it will feature a bevy of performance upgrades. Oft publicized are its increased horsepower and retuned performance suspension, but maybe equally important to its performance are the new Dunlop tires Nissan has selected to outfit it with.

With 545 HP and 463 lb-ft torque, it took some special rubber to connect that power to the asphalt at all four wheels, and that’s where the new Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600s come in. These new tires, designed specifically by Dunlop to put the Nissan GT-R in to motion, feature a myriad of new technological features innovated by Dunlop. The creation and innovation of these tires brought Nissan to form an agreement with Dunlop to make them not only the official tire of the Nissan GT-R, but also original equipment exclusively available for the R35 GT-R.

Of course, this pairing of vehicle and tires comes at no surprise, as both parties have particularly strong performance racing heritages and each also feature incredibly efficient and advanced modern technology to power themselves well beyond the capabilities of their most direct competitors. The features of the Nissan GT-R R35 have been publicized heavily in the past, so I won’t focus on those, instead I’ll take a more direct look at these new tires to see what they offer the vehicle.

Dunlop begins construction on these tires by utilizing a silica-reinforced tread compound and solid center rib design to help maintain tire integrity and grip, even at higher speeds. This leads to increased driver feedback, and, coupled with the Dunlop asymmetric tread pattern being used provides equivalent performance in both wet and dry conditions. The point of contact between the tire and rim utilizes a unique shape–different from the standard contact point seen on most modern tires–with a rounded bead portion for greater surface area of contact.

Other technologies incorporated in the tire (and taken directly from the official press release announcing the pairing of these two companies’ products, with my added notes to the side):

  • Dunlop Self-Supporting Technology (DSST): a patented, reinforced sidewall construction designed to temporarily support the weight of the car after a loss of air pressure. – This is better than a standard run flat as it forcibly maintains sidewall pressure upon quick pressure loss, which means a blown tire on a course won’t result in an immediate loss of vehicular control.
  • Combined Tire Technology (CTT): allows for less tire weight and a rounder cavity shape which helps improve ride comfort. – Does just that. Not really any track or performance benefits from this, and not even sure how much benefit it will give to ride comfort.
  • Jointless Band Technology: a continuous spiral fabric ply helps maintain the tire’s shape, enabling smooth performance at high speeds. – This aspect is huge, and it’s not Dunlop exclusive. All of the premiere road/track tires being produced today (like the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires found on top-end Corvettes and Porsche 911 GT3s) utilize some form of this technology. Increased rigidity at higher speeds means less tire form warp, and results in greatly enhanced grip both at take off with high torque application, as well as during handling at higher speeds.
  • Multi-Pitch Tread Design Technology: helps reduce noise for a quiet ride. – Woohoo. Because there are so many complaints about road noise in the GT-R (?).

All in all, these tires are a fantastic set-up and a great addition to the 2013 GT-R. A vehicle as incredible as the R35 deserves some amazing tires to outfit it with, and it looks like Nissan and Dunlop have found the right set for this car.


Evo Track Battle: Nissan GT-R vs 991 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Tiff Needell of Evo Pits GT-R and 911 Carrera S Head to Head

In a Same Course, Same Driver, Same Day comparison Tiff Needell of Evo.Co.Uk pits the Nissan GT-R R35 against a 991 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Evo Magazine’s much revered Tiff Needell has a great job, and this video only proves it further. For this comparison video Tiff takes a 2012 Nissan GT-R and a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera S out to the Bedford Autodrome course in the UK to see which car runs a faster lap. It’s a fun little course–tightly packed and featuring a lot of quick transition turns–and the results prove what we GT-R fans would expect.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R received a boost in performance numbers over its early year predecessors thanks to A 45hp bump to 530HP and an increase in torque to 448 lb/ft. The increase is provided to the GT-R with thanks to the combination of revised turbo boost and a reworked intake and exhaust system which helped to increase air flow back. The older brakes have also been switched to a new and enlarged set to better deal with the added horsepower, but Tiff doesn’t seem to be happy with them still.

Conversely, the Porsche 911 Carrera S is a whole different sort of beast. It gives up a great deal in the HP department, putting out a total of 400HP thanks to its 3.8L flat-six direct injection engine. What the Porsche lacks in HP though it gains in weight savings, with a curb weight that comes in  over 730 pounds less than the GT-R. The Porsche puts this power down to the track through the use of RWD and a 7-Speed manual transmission.

In the video, Tiff gives each vehicle every bit that he can. The track times they each post are very impressive, and the GT-R wins the race by almost 3 seconds (which, in track terms, especially on a course as short as the UK’s Bedford, is near an eternity). This is impressive too considering that typically things like HP factor much less in to track times than weight on a course designed like Bedford. Adding to the impressiveness of the GT-R victory by 2.7 seconds is the fact that the laps began from speed, and not from a stand-still. The AWD take-off of the GT-R would have certainly put it even further ahead of the Carrera S had they begun their laps from a stop.

Of course, that’s not to take away from the Porsche at all. The 911 Carrera is a car that exudes class and style, and its performance would wipe the track clean with dozens upon dozens of lower performing (and many times equally or more expensive vehicles), it just happened to run in to Godzilla. Ultimately, these comparisons will be much more intriguing when they’re between high-performance GT Trim 991 Porsches, which will have the HP to keep up with the GT-R. However, until those are out in force and the comparisons are made, the GT-R is still the clear-cut favorite.

Of course, those other comparisons will come with a caveat. Higher performance Porsche models will come in at a higher price tag, and as it sits right now the Nissan GT-R has an MSRP of $89,950 and the Porsche 911 Carrera S’s pricetag is $91,900. So, for the money, it remains fact that the Nissan GT-R R35 simply can not be beat.

Video is worth a watch as Tiff is a great driver, and the footage of the race is fantastic.

Chris Harris Takes out a Nissan GT-R and a BMW M5 – Fun Times Ensue

2012 Nissan GT-R R35 vs 2012 BMW M5

Chris Harris of Drive–and the other gentlemen like him, Jeremy Clarkson, and the world’s great car reviewers–have the best possible job. Don’t believe me? Well, sorry, you’re wrong. For the most recent Chris Harris Reviews episode of Drive he was handed the keys to a 2012 BMW M5 and a 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on a typical rainy day in England and told to have fun.

The GT-R R35 section of the video is an absolute joy to behold. Harris does what he can to overwork the GT-R’s brilliant drivetrain and computer and the machine works, time and time again, to make things right for him. In fact, the car helps him drive almost perfectly. I love too how he addresses the standard knock on the GT-R: its lack of character. Harris points out how that statement couldn’t be any further from the truth, which is a fact that every person who has ever been behind the wheel of an R35 can attest to.

Ultimately, Harris covers it all and I’d be doing his great video a disservice to detail it bit by bit, so I’ll just post the video for you to watch and enjoy here, and leave you contemplating just how great it would be to have this job.

Nismo GT3 GT-R Unveiled, to Hit Dubai 24 Hour Track

Nissan Motorsports Announces FIA GT3 GT-R R35

NISMO has finally unveiled a special track edition for the R35 GT-R that meets all FIA GT-3 qualifications and will begin its racing life at the Dubai 24 Hour Track.

NISMO teamed up with JR Motorsports to produce a special track version of the world-renowned r35 GT-R that would be FIA GT3 race compliant, and the results are impressive. With more than a full year’s work between the two groups, they’ve finally hammered out a final product that is sure to take the GT3 World Race circuit by storm.

This new GT3 GT-R is powered by a modified version of the same 3.8L TT V6 engine found in the stock vehicle that will deliver 523 HP to the wheels at 6400 RPM via a modified six-speed rear wheel transaxle controlled through semi-automatic paddle shifters.

GT3 World Race Compliant Nissan GT-R R35

The GT3 Version of the GT-R was designed with both the track and the customer in mind, and NISMO took their time with this one to ensure that it had both performance and driveability. To allow for this, they enhanced the chassis for greater inspiration of confidence to those behind the wheel and then allowed for adjustable suspension set-up and driver controls so that whoever is behind the wheel can ensure the vehicle meets their track needs.

This new GT3 race compliant GT-R iteration was first unveiled on Thursday, January 12th at the Autosport International Exhibition (AIE) and Show in the UK. The immediate reception was extremely favorable, as crowds tended to be impressed both by the vehicle’s performance potential as well as its obvious, stylistic, modifications suitable for a GT3 course.

GT3 R35 GT-R

To further show off the vehicle’s potential, once the GT-R GT3 finishes his showing at the AIE, Nismo will be taking it to the Dubai 24 Hour for competition. There, the GT3 GT-R has already qualified for third on the grid–where the first two spots are occupied by GT3 Ferraris. For the Dubai 24 Hour race, the GT3 GT-R will feature an all-star team comprised of some of last year’s world wide GT-R race winners: Michael Krumm, Alex Buncombe, Tom Kimber-Smith and Franck Malliaux. The NISMO GT3 GT-R will feature, prominently, the number 32 for the race.

Of course, things aren’t always golden. Yesterday, Michael Krumm–who will be the first driver behind the wheel of the GT-R in the Dubai 24 Hour set to begin today–was quoted as having said “We had a tough start today as we had a few problems with the car but the guys did a great job to get it ready for qualifying.” Thankfully, the team of GT-R engineers that were on hand for NISMO took care of issues, and Krumm closed out with the statement, “The car worked very well and I am very impressed with the engine in particular. I love the GT-Rand I love it even more now. We just need to keep it all together for the long race tomorrow.”

Nismo GT3 GT-R

Best of luck to those guys today as they show off the GT-R’s capabilities in the GT3 races.

Now, if you want to own a GT3 ready GT-R, produced directly by NISMO for such an occasion, you’ll soon be able to. NISMO themselves will be directly responsible for sales and all customer support on their GT3 GT-R in the major markets of: Japan, Asia, North America, South America, and Oceania. For those in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, NISMO’s partner JRM will be handling all distribution and support. Pricing has not yet been officially announced.

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