GT-RR R35 Demo Car On The Dyno!

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Ben here, back again and blogging live from New York. Thanks to Stanley Ku, Matt Rus (farmofminds), and Patrick Callahan for holding down The Real JDM blog this week while I’ve been managing two GT-R builds in NY, CT and NJ.

We recently picked up a brand new black on black 2010 GT-R to build which is in progress out here on the east coast (more on that in a couple of weeks), and we’re finishing up our white GT-R build which is well known as the GT-RR / Toyo Tires car.

FYI – What we’re doing is really a global affair. That is why you’ve been hearing about me blogging from various locations quite often. We’ve been setting up a network of affiliate tuning shops and body shops in key parts of the world to best service our clients. It is all about having the best connections with best tuners in the world so that we can accomplish things that almost nobody else can from anywhere at anytime. Its been a lofty goal but its working quite nicely.  I’ve been back to the east coast quite a lot lately in particular, working with our tuning partners and body shops. I’ve been here so much lately I’m about to start calling this location GT-RR East. Anyway, back to the main story here…

Lets talk about the related video for a second…

First off, just as planned early on, the white GT-RR demo car is designed to be a street driven and usable car. That is a general requirement for most of our builds, for good reasons since usability is a key component of a good build. As the car is wrapping up, we last installed the Top Secret cup kit in Los Angeles to give the car 3″ extra ground clearance at the push of a button. Then the car was sent back to New Jersey to finish things up with our partners out there. Recently the wild MS-R graphics were stripped off of the car to let it fly a bit more under the radar when blasting down the streets of the dirty Jerz.

What I have intentionally not been talking about for the past few months are the secret power modifications we’ve been doing to the car. Some things I feel should just not be talked about until results are proven.

So here we are, about to prove some results we’ve been working hard to achieve. The dyno video was from yesterday and I think we are very close to breaking the horsepower record for a street legal R35 GT-R on pump gas (with cats and stock engine internals).

What you are listening to on the video above is a tuning session, running on pump gas with catalytic converters installed. That exhaust system is full Amuse titanium and I’m just loving the way it sounds under full throttle! I’ve been used to just cruising it on the streets and it has been very quiet, but in this video the quietness of the exhaust is gone when under WOT! Hope you enjoy the video.

Anyone care to confirm the highest hp #s for a GT-R on street gas with cats installed? If so please let me know the hp and the dyno used (I’m looking for unadjusted numbers for fair comparison). I’d like for my next time posting to be a confirmation that we have the record for max hp in a streetable/catted GT-R since that’s been our hopes for this project.

More info on the dyno #s of our project will be coming…and if/when we are satisfied with the dyno #s and results. Then, at that point I’ll also finally announce the new parts we’ve developed and those parts will be available immediately.

Our goals for this build are just about to become realized…this project was never meant to just be a show car, this was meant to be the ultimate R35 GT-R in the world for a moment in time (and then afterwards to be enjoyed as a daily driver for many years to come).

PS – Shouts to Ernie Manasala from NOS Energy Drinks who was there yesterday to witness this beast in action. Shouts also (and especially) to Anthony, the owner of the car who is probably the proudest man in the world right now.

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Toyo Tires Press Release – R35 GT-R R888 Tires 20″ Official Debut

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Toyo Tires GT-RR R888 20 inch

The Toyo Tires Official Press Release for the R888 20″ GT-R tires is here.

Tires are in stock and for sale at GT-RR.COM now!


September 3, 2009

Toyo Tires® Releases First R-Compound, 20-Inch Tires for Nissan GT-R

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has introduced two new 20-inch sizes in the Toyo Proxes R888, making them the first to offer R-compound tires for the new Nissan GT-R. Originally previewed at the 2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the 285/35ZR20 (100Y) front and 315/30ZR20 (101Y) rear fitments are now available at authorized Toyo Tires dealers across the United States.

The Nissan GT-R is a limited production, Japanese supercar that boasts 485 all-wheel-drive horsepower. With its incredible power and handling, it is the ideal car for high-performance driving schools, track days and timed competition. The Proxes R888 competition tire further enhances the track capabilities of this supercar with features such as a continuous center contact for excellent directional control during hard braking. A unidirectional, 6/32nd-inch tread pattern with v-shaped grooves enhances wet traction and control, while a semi-slick shoulder area helps to increase cornering force. The Official Tire of Speed World Challenge®, the Proxes R888 can also be shaved for maximum dry-weather performance on race day.

“With the incredible potential offered by the Nissan GT-R, Toyo Tires felt it was a natural fit to develop R-compound sizes specific to this vehicle,” said Robert Waytashek, consumer products manager, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “With our extensive testing on this car, we found the GT-R achieves a new level of on-track performance thanks to the installation of Proxes R888 tires.”

Toyo Proxes R888-equipped cars have won races in professional and amateur road racing, time attack competition and autocross. To learn more about the full line of Proxes high performance tires from Toyo Tires, log on to Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.

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Toyo R888 GT-R 20″ Application Release Is Almost Here

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Toyo R888 For GT-R

Toyo will be putting out the news soon. You know GT-RR will be right in the mix with these tires in stock after debuting the tires with Toyo last November at SEMA! The long wait is almost over for these killer tires!

Look to Toyo for the official release news soon!

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Endless Brakes – Fo Sho!? Dispelling Popular Misconceptions.

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GT-RR Toyo R35 GT-R With Endless Brakes

Hey All – Ben here, back with my first post after returning from my mid east trip. For a first post,I’m getting ambitious with it!

To start, have a look at the image above you. Yes, its one of the GT-Rs I produced for SEMA last year and yes it sticks with some of the tried and true JDM brands that I trust and love. One of them is Endless brakes. It also so happens that the midnight purple GT-R I made for Mobil 1 ran Endless brakes, and yes it also so happens that my gold S2000 runs Endless brakes (although re-badged as J’s Racing).

So why do these cars run Endless brakes? Why do so many top cars at the shows and in the magazines run Endless brakes? Why do so many Japanese tuning shops make brakes that are re-branded Endless brakes to promote their brand? Is it because Endless is trendy and cool? Because it is JDM Tite YO!?


Here is your answer (one example of many):

2009 Nuburgring 24 hour race results:

Top 12 overall: 7 out of the top 8 cars, including #1, 2 and 3 ran Endless full brakes and/or pads!

For this same reason Endless has become the top brake pad choice by Porsche racing teams…IN GERMANY (not just Japan). I have the list of the teams and their pads for proof.

The sad reality is that too many people choose their tuning parts based on what car looked cool at HIN or what car is on the cover of the import magazine they like.

Let me state it like this…trends are trends. Quality is quality. Trends go in and out of style. Quality lasts forever. More than anything else, when I plan a car build I make sure that every part I use is absolute quality. This is detrimental to ensuring that a quality car build is still quality many years later. Case in point – Name a played out, old or unimpressive Top Secret demo car. You can go back 15 years and never find one that isnt impressive. Then pick up a import magazine from four years ago and I guarantee you half of the cover cars they ran are embarrassing by today’s standards.

That is the difference between trends and quality. Quality doesn’t go out of style, it doesn’t embarrass you years later like a bad 80s hair cut. It is the foundation of any quality car build.

So to those that buy Endless brakes because they are trendy, and also to those who talk trash about Endless brakes being overpriced and trendy. You two are the two opposing ends of general thought that is partially plaguing the tuning scene. I urge you to check yourself. Learn to isolate quality vs trends. Try to understand the root reason why people do what they do, don’t just take it at face value. It’ll make you a better car builder and will help you better understand the BS that often goes on with so called “good” cars in the magazines that might just happen to have the trendy look of the time but lack the substance to make them truly complete and well conceptualized cars.

If all of this just went unappreciated…don’t worry, I have some 18 piston big brakes with 500mm, cross drilled and slotted rotors produced in china in bright green with pink polka dots to sell you. Its the hot ish yo!

Anyway, I had to get this off my chest. After seeing yet more proof of Endless being superior for braking, it really is an insult that most people think of them as a trendy brand. I just really don’t understand the concept of building a car based on trends, for all of the money we all spend on our cars dont you want to look at it 10 years later (even if it’s a picture) and still be damn proud of it? That just is not possible when you modify cars based on fact less trends. Yet so many people do it this way. Its the main reason why I hate going to SEMA and looking at Japanese cars there on display. Trends and “pay to play” are the two things plaguing the development of quality tuner cars in the US. Go to any show, look at any magazine and you’ll just be fed a blend of the latest trends people are trying to emulate, paired with the brands that gave away the most free crap (which cost the cheapest to make by the way). No matter where you look, movies, magazines, SEMA booths, 90+% of the cars and companies you see will sell their integrity for a cheap price. Even well funded companies like AEM for example ran knockoff Ings+1 bodykits on their demo 350Z at SEMA and drift events for years before finally C-West talked some sense into them. I mean, they put hundreds of thousands of dollars into building that car, and then they didn’t want to spend a couple of grand to get an authentic quality aero kit to finish the project. AEM is one of the most respectable companies producing in the US and they did that, imagine how many other companies do it as well…

GT-RR Toyo R35 GT-R With Endless Brakes

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Toyo Tires Ramen

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Toyo Tires Ramen

Tire flavored ramen!!!

I just found these pics extremely odd and had to share…it seems Toyo partnered up with Nissin ramen in Japan for a tire promotion. Tires and Ramen sure seem like an odd pairing but hey…who could refuse a free promotional cup or ramen.

Toyo Tires Ramen

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Magazine Cover : Mobil 1 GT-RR Demo Car by PAS Mag

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GT-RR / Mobil 1 SEMA Car - Midnight Purple on PAS MAG Cover

Check the June 2009 issue of Performance Auto and Sound Magazine out when it hits news stands! On the cover is one of the two signature GT-Rs we put together for SEMA for our client Brandon in Hawaii and our main sponsors Mobil 1, Toyo Tires and GT-RR. Other companies involved in the build who deserve a shout out as well include: Endless, Amuse, Manabu Suzuki (MSR), Zele, Cobb, and Signal Auto.

PAS Mag is still doing their thing strong and has some great guys behind it (Mike and Dave in particular come to mind). Thanks guys!

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Mobil 1 GT-R in Hawaii

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The Mobil 1 GT-R project as documented earlier here on the blog has made the trip back home to Hawaii into the hands of it’s owner Brandon. Brandon recently shared some pictures of his GT-R back in Hawaii. I thought you all might like to see the pics, so…

Mobil 1 / GT-RR Demo Car

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