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Watch the Nismo GT-R Attack the Nurburgring

Spy Video Footage Was Captured of a NISMO GT-R Prototype Running the Nurburgring

Things are heating up with NISMO’s development of a super performance variation of the already world-class GT-R. The vehicle, which they’re trying to build to reach 60mph in 2 seconds flat, is to become a new flagship for Nissan to showcase their manufacturing and design capabilities. Utilizing the super car GT-R as the base for such an endeavor was the perfect route for them, and it looks like they’re getting close to hitting their mark.

Earlier this week, Nissan shut down the Nurburgring for testing. They hired safety marshalls and turned on the timing beacons around the track, and sent the current prototype NISMO GT-R out on the world’s most famous racetrack to see what it was capable of. They were, undoubtedly, working to set a new track record, or come close to the upper echelons of all Nurburgring times (the current production version of the GT-R has already posted a blisteringly fat 7:19.1 track time).

To achieve these times, Nissan has clearly upped the HP and Torque numbers of their GT-R. In the video the sound of an oversized blow off valve would indicate a much larger turbo configuration than is seen on the base production car; however, power alone is not what creates great track times. The NISMO GT-R will also certainly be a lighter vehicle, but by how much is anyone’s guess at this point. Also of note are the changes to aerodynamics that the vehicle has undergone. Even wrapped in camo, it’s clear that the vehicle has been outfitted with a new and more aggressive aero package–punctuated by the oversized wing at the rear of the car.

So, while we don’t yet know what times the Nissan Godzilla is putting down at the ‘Ring in this NISMO iteration, we do know that it sounds and looks like no other GT-R before it. Check it out and share your thoughts!

The Next Nissan GT-R Will Require Big Batteries

Williams is Developing a New Hybrid Drive System for Nissan

In June, Nissan announced a partnership with the Formula One Team Williams which would see the team’s applied science’s division help NISMO develop a new line of performance models. Much was left unanswered about this agreement–not the first signed by a Renault owned division and a major F1 team–but it looks like light is being shed on to the first point of business for these two teams working together: according to Australia’s Carsales, Williams Advanced Engineering is co-developing a next-generation hybrid powertrain for use in a future Nissan GT-R.

This coordination between forces seems an ideal fit, as Williams is the company also directly responsible with supplying hybrid powertrains to manufacturers such as Porsche and Audi for their LeMans series vehicles, and to Jaguar for their C-X75 concept vehicle. Coupling Williams ingenuity with Nissan and NISMO engineering should ensure an other worldly capable Nissan GT-R.

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While the news will not be warmly received by all, as there exist today many people who still deride hybrid powertrain systems due to their inability to see the performance potential of a system more well known for fuel efficiency, it’s certainly coming to the GT-R with boatloads of potential. The benefits of a hybrid system have been demonstrated repeatedly, most recently and maybe most famously in the incredible Porsche 918 which set a new Nurburgring lap time record.

Even with this information, questions still remain concerning the Williams hybrid system that the GT-R will feature. Whether Williams and Nismo will settle on a flywheel-based energy recovery system or a more conventional battery-powered system remains to be seen. And what other aspects of development Williams aids in is a wonderful question to ponder. With their F1 background and incredible race pedigree, it will be exciting to see if they lend their composites and aerodynamics expertise to the next generation of the one of the world’s most impressive and capable sportscars to craft something even greater.

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Watch a Nissan GT-R Dominate a Ski Slope

This Video by Swedish Race Team Ice Ricers Shows That There’s Nothing a GT-R Can’t Do

We all know how well a GT-R does on a track. We’ve seen the lap videos and dissected the posted lap times of the vehicle on the Nurburgring. We’ve shared videos with friends and enemies alike that showcase the GT-R’s dominance on a strip. We’ve even seen the same Team Ice Ricers demonstrate the vehicle’s ability to pull out a parking space when buried waist deep in fresh powder, but we have never seen anything like their newest video.

Further demonstrating the outrageous capabilities of the Nissan AWD system outfitted to the GT-R, the speed loving Swedes at Team Ice Ricers decided they’d race their snow-equipped GT-R up the side of a mountain. That’s covered in snow. Racing a pack of angry snowmobiles.

It’s a fantastic  video that really showcases just how capable the GT-R is. Not only is Godzilla capable on doing what only the world’s most expensive and revered exotics re capable of on a track, it can also stunt a mountain in a manner more befitting an off-road equipped Jeep or Land Rover (when one of those is running). My only complaint with what the GT-R does here is that the driver didn’t stop to pick up the two gorgeous Swedish snowbunnies looking for a lift. Come on, guy! You’ve got the back seat space! And anyways, every other movie I’ve seen that starts with that premise ends really well for the driver.

Seriously, though. This is a must-watch:

Nissan GT-R Nismo Spied at Nurburgring

A NISMO GT-R was Spied Testing at the Nürburgring with a Very Large Rear Spoiler

We all know that Nismo is currently developing a very high performance variation on the already very high performance Nissan GT-R. We’ve heard the rumors about just what the vehicle will be capable of, with break-neck 2 second 0-60 acceleration promised to the public. We expect the car to best the already insane 7:18 second run of the Nissan GT-R Track Edition by a few seconds time. We’re dreaming of something insane, and, if these spy photos are any indication, our dreams may be coming true.

Nismo engineers are testing their special edition GT-R at the world famous Nürburgring track, where the vehicle was spotted heavily wrapped in production camo and sporting a gigantic rear wing. The wing is almost certainly a necessity for a vehicle with this much torque delivery and acceleration to keep all four wheels firmly planted on the pavement during acceleration. We use the word take-off to indicate a vehicle’s ability to move quickly forward from a stop, but, with such promised power delivery it could almost certainly be more akin to the airplane usage of the word.

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Sources have indicated that this isn’t even the first wing spoiler tested by Nismo, either. Others have been tried out and thrown out, which means that the Nismo team has this GT-R at the stage where they’re testing individual aerodynamic components to maximize performance.

Reports have indicated that a previous test version of the Nismo GT-R ran the ‘Ring at 7:28 seconds–not exactly their target mark–with previous versions of their aerodynamic components installed. This run was also, almost assuredly, not done under the most intense of driving conditions, either. With the right aerodynamics, and an engine capable of putting out upwards of 600HP–a reasonable expectation for the Nismo tuning on the already 545HP twin-turbo 3.6L engine–a sub 7:18 run should be well within the realm of possibility, if not an almost guarantee.

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Keep your eyes open for more testing images and information on this very very special car as we get closer and closer to its official unveiling. I can’t wait to see its performance numbers on the ‘Ring and elsewhere, and see if it can deliver on the 2-second acceleration promise over which the whole internet seems to be drooling.

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Hybrid Nissan GT-R a Possibility?

A Copyright Filed by Nissan Hints at Possible Hybrid GT-R in the Future

This news might be upsetting to some, and to me it would’ve seemed near impossible just a week ago, but here it is today: Nissan may be taking the first steps to ready themselves for the production of a Hybrid GT-R.

First reported by Car & Driver, the Nissan Motoring Company has registered a copyright for a new vehicle badge, which reads: Pure Drive R-Hybrid. This alone wouldn’t be any cause for speculation, as Nissan has R-type designations for many of their vehicles, but it’s the badge itself that was copyrighted that bring the news to light. The R featured in the R-Hybrid badge is identical in font and style to the R used on the GT-R badge. That’s the bit that has the internet convinced this indicates a Hybrid GT-R.

However, I’m not entirely convinced, and even if I were, I’m not entirely terrified. While Nissan has used a different font for Altima, Sentra, and other R type vehicle variations in the past, it’s very likely–following the use of the GT-R on the Juke Type R (and yes I know that featured a lot more from the GT-R than just the R on the badge)–that they’re moving all of their R vehicles to use this font. The move would be a sound one, financially, as it would clearly be building off of the success and popularity of the GT-R.

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Secondly, even if this is for a GT-R, why is this a bad thing? Hybrid engines are heavy, yes, but they have benefits. A hybrid delivers immediate power to the wheels, for starters. Imagine a GT-R, which already has insane acceleration, getting its torque and HP at 100% from RPM 1, instead of having to rev up to 2500 RPMs and higher to start seeing real performance numbers. The Nissan AWD system is clearly capable of handling massive amounts of power and getting it to the wheels, and if any vehicle is going to benefit from the electric motor performance aspects the GT-R could be the one.

But, then again, the GT-R isn’t the only vehicle to benefit from hybrid technology. The LFA is an incredible performance machine that uses hybrid drive technology. Also, the LaFerrari–the very special, 900+ HP, limited edition Ferrari introduced to the world last year–utilizes hybrid drive systems to deliver insane performance across the entirety of the RPM band. The Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 are other world-beating supercars that use hybrid technology.

So, while, in the American consumer base hybrid is generally considered synonymous with slow, it doesn’t have to be. If Nissan takes their GT-R the direction of hybrid, too, you have to assume that the company that built Godzilla on incredible technology and world-beating performance will maintain their focus and use their hybrid drive technology for greater good. And if the GT-R is going to continue to post fire-setting 0-60 acceleration times, a hybrid electric engine that delivers power to all four wheels instantaneously may just be the next and most logical step for the vehicle.

The 2014 Super GT Series GT-R Nismo GT500

NISMO Unveils Their Super GT Series GT-R GT500 for the 2014 Race Season

The Japanese Super GT series has become one of the most popular and competitive race series on the planet, and while its headlines have been dominated as of late with the new NSX GT500 and the LF-CC GT Racecar, there’s a new player in the Suzuka Circuit, and everyone should be worried. NISMO has been playing with the GT-R for a while, and, while they’re going to release a super-fast production GT-R in the near future, that’s not all they’ve been playing at. Enter the Super GT Godzilla.

The vehicle is clearly built on the GT-R production platform

The vehicle is clearly built on the GT-R production platform

Resembling the 545-horsepower 3.8L V6 GT-R we all know and love, the new GT500 NISMO GT-R will be an absolute track monster with one purpose: taking down the Japanese competition. This year’s Super GT series will now function under the same vehicle regulations as the popular German Touring Car Championship, DTM. The changes to these more stringent vehicle regulations should result in a more competitive field than in years past, and the GT-R race-inspired build and AWD performance should give it a serious leg up inside of these engine restrictions.

Aggressive front air dam and bumper canards will improve the vehicle's downforce coefficients for vastly improved track handling

Aggressive front air dam and bumper canards will improve the vehicle’s downforce coefficients for vastly improved track handling

Official specs of the GT500 GT-R have not yet been released, but, we should expect them to be made public ahead of the vehicle’s first official track appearance at the NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway on Sunday, December 1st. There, Nissan and NISMO will be highlighting their new monster for the public, and showing the world just what it’s capable of. Next year’s GT Series should be incredibly exciting, that much is for certain, and the LF-CC and NSX 500 are certainly looking over their shoulder right now, worrying about the Nissan beast that’s gunning for them. Race action will kick off officially in Spring of 2014. Here’s to hoping for lots of podiums for the GT-R NISMO GT500 in the year to come.

The large rear spoiler will help keep the GT-R's wheels planted firmly to the track under the most insane track speeds

The large rear spoiler will help keep the GT-R’s wheels planted firmly to the track under the most insane track speeds

Aerodynamic enhancements along all sides of the vehicle will help it slice through the wind for improved drag numbers and record setting track times

Aerodynamic enhancements along all sides of the vehicle will help it slice through the wind for improved drag numbers and record setting track times

Active ducts and inlets around the vehicle will help keep the engine and brakes cooler under heavy usage, and should improve driver confidence and vehicle performance, even many many laps in to a demanding race

Active ducts and inlets around the vehicle will help keep the engine and brakes cooler under heavy usage, and should improve driver confidence and vehicle performance, even many many laps in to a demanding race

The Super GT series NISMO GT500 should be a dominant force in the Japanese racing circuit for years to come.

The Super GT series NISMO GT500 should be a dominant force in the Japanese racing circuit for years to come.

2014 Nissan GT-R to be made Available in Limited Edition Midnight Opal

The 2014 Nissan GT-R will be offered in a very special, very limited production Midnight Opal version

Nissan has officially unveiled their 2014 Special Edition Nissan GT-R. Only 100 of these special edition GT-Rs will be produced, with 50 of them being earmarked for the American market. The GT-RSE, as it will be badged, will be finished off in a special Midnight Opal paint color and will also feature many other unique features.

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The GT-RSE package will add on $6,000 to the base 2014 GT-R price of $105,990. That $6000 purchase will get you not only the hand-applied Midnight Opal custom paintset, but will also include a bevy of other features to differentiate your GT-R from the rest of the world, including: ten-spoke forged RAYS wheels, the likes of which have never been made available to the US market; a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler, similar in design and appearance to the one featured on the GT-R Black and GT-R Track editions; a gold-plated plaque has been outfitted on the Nissan GT-R to verify its special edition status.

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The official Nissan press release can be read below:

 

 

Nissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2014 GT-R Special Edition with Unique “Midnight Opal” Exterior Color

Just 50 units available in the United States, 100 units worldwide
Sales begin this fall
Priced at $6,000 USD above GT-R Premium Edition
Also includes unique wheel color, serialized plaque, carbon fiber spoiler

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Following today’s global announcement of a new limited production 2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition package with a hand-painted “Midnight Opal” exterior, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced United States pricing for the car of $105,590 USD, a $6,000 USD increase over the GT-R Premium model M.S.R.P.* Half of the 100 total units available worldwide will be available in the U.S. Sales are scheduled to begin in September through certified U.S. Nissan GT-R dealers.

Highlighting the 2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition package’s unique features is the new Midnight Opal exterior paint, with each coat applied by hand. The highly reflective paint treatment changes appearance slightly from a deep purple to a deep blue depending on light conditions and viewing angle.

In addition to the custom paint, GT-R Special Editions also feature a never before offered in the U.S. hyper-titanium colored coating on the RAYS® forged lightweight wheels, a dry carbon fiber rear spoiler** similar to that utilized on the GT-R Black and GT-R Track Editions, and a gold-plated serialized plaque of authenticity located in the engine compartment.

Based on the GT-R Premium model, the new GT-R Special Edition comes with Nissan’s advanced VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 rated at 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque (hand assembled in a special clean room) and exclusive Premium Midship platform that enables the use of the dynamic independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. Total vehicle adjustability is provided by set-up switches located in the center of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) among three settings – Normal, Special or R.

The interior features sculpted performance bucket seats and a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder. A specially designed 11-speaker Bose® sound system with speakers mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels is standard.

The 2014 Nissan GT-R is also available in GT-R Premium, GT-R Black Edition and limited production 2-seat GT-R Track Edition***. For more information on the 2014 Nissan GT-R lineup, please see NissanNews.com.

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Nismo Confirms Two New Models for 2014

A Nissan Representative has Confirmed that Nissan’s Racing Division, Nismo, will Release a Nissan GT-R Nismo and Juke Nismo RS for 2014

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is the new vehicle, really. Building on the popularity of the Juke and its current Juke Nismo models–as well as the media grabbed for the vehicle by its Juke-R project which outfitted the small Juke with the 500hp+ twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine from the Nissan GT-R–Nismo has announced they’ll craft a new, higher performance variation of the Juke. The new Juke Nismo RS will feature more HP than the 215 put down by the current generation Juke Nismo. The Juke RS will also feature new exterior stylistic touches to match its more aggressive performance.

More important than the little crossover that can, though, is the Nissan GT-R Nismo. The new Nismo GT-R, which has been rumoured for months but is just now being confirmed, will become the fastest production version of the Nissan GT-R yet made. Nissan’s Executive Vice President Andy Palmer confirmed the Nissan GT-R Nismo will get a boost in power over the current GT-R’s 542bhp. Palmer also stated that he had driven the Nismo GT-R prototype in Japan, but would not divulge any further technical details. He did claim that it felt like, and would be, “the fastest GT-R ever”. By virtue of his statements, the majority of the exterior changes are aero and downforce related which improve the performance of the car so that it will be the ultimate GT-R to come out of the factory including an extra kick.

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.

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