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The 1300HP Switzer GT-R Is One Incredible Vehicle

Switzer Recently Set the Record for World’s Fastest GT-R with 8.61 Quarter Mile

America’s own Switzer Performance, based out of Oberlin, Ohio, set out recently to outdo themselves and make their most impressive GT-R yet. The end result was something even more incredible. In the process of outdoing themselves, they then outdid the likes of everyone else, and created the world’s fastest street legal version of the R35 GT-R supercar.

The vehicle, which looks like a regular GT-R on the outside, might actually qualify for sleeper status. That’s difficult to say though, because certainly no person looks at a GT-R of any type and expects it to be slow. The actual speed this GT-R houses, though, is unheard of. Amongst the numerous modifications given to this R35 are such highlights as “fully-built ShepTrans driveline, an AMS turbo kit, and our Switzer/Syvecs dual-injection fuel system, as well as quite a few other vendor-supplied components.” When all is said and done and this Godzilla monster is filled with E98 racing fuel, it’s good for a full 1300HP.

The end result of all this power in the AWD GT-R configuration is numbers that are insanely fast. We’re talking, instant face-lift fast. The Switzer GT-R conquered the 1/4 mile in just 8.61 seconds–absolutely dominating previous GT-R records–and recorded a trap speed of 170.47 mph. All of this was done on a set of street legal tires, too–albeit, street legal Mickey Thompson drag radials, but, still are street legal.

Give the video a watch, and if you have an absurd amount of money and an insatiable need for speed both lying around, it might be time to give the guys over at Switzer a call and see what they can do for your GT-R.

Win Yourself a 2013 Nissan GT-R

eBay is Offering Up a Very Special Grand Prize to Advertise Their New eBay Garage Website

eBay wants your business, badly, and they’re willing to offer up some sweet prizes to get it. Now through July 4th, any person who creates an account on their new eBay Garage website will be entered in to their grand opening drawings. Each day, eBay will give away 29 $50 eBay gift cards, and, once July 4th passes they will then find a few grand prize winners to get some sweet new wheels.

A few vehicles are being given away, but the Grand Prize is one 2013 Nissan GT-R. This vehicle, with value over $100k and performance worth twice that much, is going to be a sweet surprise for one lucky person. There are a few rules that need to be followed if you want to win the GT-R: first create your vehicle profile for your first entry, then add photos and share your profile for additional entries every day through July 4, 2013. Each share is a separate entry in to the sweepstakes.

The official drawing will be held on July 15th, and eBay will announce the Grand Prize winner on their eBay Motors blog on July 22nd. Enter now and start sharing your eBay Garage information today to increase your odds of winning yourself a sweet new GT-R.

Nissan GT-R Gets Starring Role

A Nissan GT-R R35 Gets a Starring Role in the Upcoming Film Elysium

Neil Blomkamp, the writer and director behind the hit film District 9 and the upcoming Elysium, clearly has an appreciation for great cars. In the first official trailer for Elysium there was footage of a flying Bugatti, and now, photos from shooting have shown us an armored up Nissan GT-R, that is apparently about 140 years old.

Set in a violent, post-apocalyptic, 2154 dystopia, Elysium looks to be one of the summer’s big blockbuster movies. The inclusion of a Nissan GT-R, then, is big news for the Godzilla. We’ve seen, time and time again, how featuring a vehicle in a movie can help drive that car’s sales and raise public awareness and improve perception. If it’s perception they’re looking to improve, too, the fact that this GT-R is not only still running 140 years from now, but is a fine vehicle for use in combat situations, should speak well to the car’s reliability.

The GT-R in the production still shown has been covered in armor of some sort, given a heavy tinting, and stripped of most of its color. Interestingly though, nobody has debadged it yet.

Nissan GT-R R35 in Elysium

The armored, dystopian version of the 2154 Nissan GT-R R35

What do you think? Does the GT-R in Elysium look good? Do you think this is a good move for Nissan and the GT-R group? What are the odds that this 140 year old GT-R is on its original transmission still?

 

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.

Nismo GT-R Coming To Impress in 2014

With the Opening of Nismo’s new Japanese Headquarter, They Have Announced a Very Special Nismo GT-R

Information on Nismo’s first exclusive performance motorsports GT-R following their announcement of their new agreement with Nissan, and some accompanying spy photos.

Standing in the new and impressive facility that is set to become Nismo’s Japanese Headquarters, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn looked pleased with what lie ahead for the two companies. For years, Nismo has done fantastic work modifying Nissan vehicles for greater performance, and their new agreement as an exclusive performance and motorsports partner makes perfect sense. What makes even more sense, following this decision, is that their first vehicle they approach head-on will be the Nissan GT-R.

Slated for release in 2014, as a 2015 Model, Nismo will unveil to the world a special edition Nissan GT-R that will take the already incredibly impressive vehicle and enhance it for increased performance. The official details of what Nismo will be doing to get extra lap seconds from the already world-beating GT-R have not been released, but, a test mule of the vehicle has already been spied.

Nismo will be utilizing their track racing experience, which they’ve gained with the GT-R in multiple levels of racing including some of the world’s most fiercely competitive LeMans events, the Nürburgring 24 Hours event, and multiple successes in Super GT and global GT races, and applying all of their combined experience to create the most impressive GT-R yet. The Nismo GT-R will also be seeing minor exterior cosmetic changes designed to provide a visual facelift and enhanced vehicle aerodynamics.

Nissan and Nismo have both confirmed that the vehicle has already been in development, ahead of this announcement, and this timetable means that the public can expect to see more prototypes this upcoming summer. Official release details are almost certainly a full year off, however.

“It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of Nismo road cars without including the GT-R,” Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. “The GT-R Nismo will be special and I can’t wait to drive it.” Of course, this Nismo GT-R, while being the first vehicle produced by the company following their new agreement and in their new facility, is not the first vehicle that the two companies have come together to create. Nismo performance versions of Nissan vehicles have been around for years, and at current a Nismo 370Z track edition and a Nismo Juke are both available to the public–and each have drastically improved their vehicle’s performance and been met with rave reviews.

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 Price Rises Above $100k

The Once Famed Bargain Supercar Sees a Price Rise to Put Its Cost in Line with Performance

For 2014 the Nissan GT-R sees another price hike that will place the sticker price of the vehicle over $100k for the first time in its life. This price seems correct when the vehicle’s performance is considered–placing it in line with the Porsche’s and other vehicles that it most directly compares to–but feels rather ludicrous by comparison to where the R35 GT-R began just a few short years ago.

In 2008 an R35 GT-R had a sticker price of $69,850. This $70k cost made the GT-R truly the greatest performance vehicle for the price available anywhere, and let Nissan take the mantle of desirability away from Corvette in terms of price against performance. However, in the years since 2008, Nissan has made changes to the GT-R, and with each year and the changes it has brought the price of the vehicle has gone up. Today the GT-R is better tuned and more powerful machine, with 65 more HP today than it featured in 2008, but have these changes warranted such a price increase?

The announced 2014 price of $99,950 and $1000 delivery free, for a total of $100,950, has lead many automotive publications to claim that the GT-R is no longer a bargain machine. While, in comparison to the 2008 price tag–a vehicle that was, by all accounts, the steal of the century in terms of capability and cost–this seems true, the numbers tell a slightly different story.

The GT-R is now priced just above the 2013 SRT Viper GTS, but still below the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and 911 GT3. It’s also equivalent in performance to those vehicles, if not better. It’s more expensive than a Corvette Z06, but less money than a Corvette ZR1, and it sits right between the two of them in terms of track performance. It’s also the only supercar capable of handling snow and ice without issue, and unlike the other vehicles mentioned features the increased seating space that its backseat offers.

Ultimately, the thing is still a GT-R and it still dominates on road and track alike. The price takes it out of true “steal” territory, but, doesn’t seem extreme when the vehicle’s performance is truly considered. If anything, by comparison to the ZR1 and Porsches and Ferraris against which its mostly directly comparable, it’s still a bargain as its price comes in below those other vehicles. So, while you’ll hear some members of the Gran Turismo generation complaining about the $100k price tag–as that puts it out of the realm of even fantasy for most consumers–don’t let them fool you. This car isn’t over priced, and it’s no less incredible than it has ever been.

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

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