Nissan’s entry to FIA’s GT3 is none other than the R-35 GT-R GT3. Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO) and JR Motorsports (JRM) collaborate to build a very menacing looking GT-R. Using the same 3.8 liter V6 Twin Turbo found in the street legal version, the detuned motor outputs 523-hp in order to meet FIA GT3 regulations, 22-hp less than what you can get off the dealer showroom floor.
After painfully writing a $388k check, what do you get? You get a race prepped GT-R with fully adjustable suspension, full roll-cage, a 6-speed semi-automatic paddle shift transmission powering the rear wheels, and an aero package designed to keep Godzilla firmly planted on the track. And if you run into any technical difficulties, a direct line to tech support Nismo is just an engineer away;)
To be top-of-the-food-chain in with this kind of company (BL 1200+ awhp Nissan GTR, Mullet’s Hennessey Ford GT (Twin Turbo, Supercharged, with Nitrous), and the LMR Turbo + Nitrous Camaro) is definitely something to brag about. This footage from TX2K12 puts it all into perspective. Seriously, it’s not even close. WoW. Underground Racing definitely knows how to build monster eating monsters!!!
The Moscow 500+ isn’t really on anyone’s radar unless you live in Russia, but this new documentary on YouTube may change all of that. The Moscow 500+ or the Unlim 500+ as they call it in the video is a drag event similar to the Texas Mile, but instead of being on a open runway like they do in Texas this Moscow event is held on a drag strip in the woods. That doesn’t seem to stop a sizable group of luxury car owners from going head to head to throw down the fastest mile and 1/4 mile times. 1st place was a huge surprise to me, going to a tuned Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 with a 1/4 mile time of 9.734 seconds, 2nd place was a Nissan GT-R R35 which had a time of 9.904 seconds, and it’s not until 5th place do we see the famous Bugatti Veryon putting up a time of 10.129 seconds. The Documentary is about 50 minutes and covers the whole event really well. I’m thinking a trip to Russia just got added to the long list of car events to attend.
The GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez took second in the 12 Hours of Sebring last weekend. If you want to know about how he went from Gamer to Racer you can check the story here. The three man team was made up of Ordonez, 40-year-old veteran Soheil Ayari and Le mans series driver Franck Milleux. Ordonez was given the wheel after 79 laps with a 10-lap lead that was quickly taken away as the gearbox suffered software problems. This then lead to a battle with Level 5 Motorsport’s Honda Lola. Unfortunately problems with the gearbox did not go away, and the team was awarded a 60-second penalty for a pit crew member who was not wearing goggles during a refueling. This led to the Nissan team ending the day 10 laps behind Level 5’s Lola Honda. When all is said and done taking second in your first race after the GT Academy is pretty close to Winning!
One of the kings of the Japanese import world the Nissan Skyline are now being seized by Homeland Security. Why you may ask? Well Nissan never officially sold the Skyline in the United States; they were only available by importing yourself. To have a car imported into the U.S., like most other imports, you need to navigate a legal maze and jump through tons of hoops. One of which is having the car crash tested. Ouch. The result is there are only a few Skylines from 1996-1998 that can legally drive on U.S. roads. Some even were Ok’d for import but later had their papers pulled. Even if you purchased one of these cars legally from another owner they are still considered illegal and can be seized. If your one of the fortunate to own one of these Japanese beauties be careful this can happen to you. I find this whole thing really strange. Why does Homeland Security suddenly care so much about a car that is now 15 years old. It’s not like these cars are spontaneously exploding or accelerating on the streets. They’re just sick cars that many people love and whole communities adore. Maybe some Homeland Security official lost a race to a Skyline and is just being a sore loser. Whatever the reason is it’s a total bummer that Nissan Skylines are getting seized. Hopefully this madness will come to an end soon.