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2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

The king of monsters is getting special digs for a special occasion

The year was 1969. The “Skyline” name had already been introduced 12 years prior, first by Prince Motor Company, and then by Nissan in 1967 after the two companies merged. Two years after the merger, Nissan introduced a sports car based on the Skyline, and, among other things, it carried a three-letter nomenclature that has arguably become one of the most famous names in the entire industry: the GT-R. Fifty years later, the GT-R is still used today as the name of Nissan’s all-conquering supercar. It’s fitting then that the Japanese automaker that created the line of performance cars wearing the GT-R name is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the model with a special edition version, appropriately called the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. In line with its stature, Nissan debuted the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

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Video: Alpha Omega GT-R Runs the Quarter Mile in 7.7 Seconds

Video: Alpha Omega GT-R Runs the Quarter Mile in 7.7 Seconds

It looks like the folks over at AMS Performance have scratched another entry into the history books with the Alpha Omega GT-R, this time via a 7.70-second blast down the 1320 at 186 mph. Throw in the fact that this car sports a full interior and stock body, and that accomplishment becomes even more impressive.

The team battled uncooperative weather and malfunctioning timing equipment at Royal Purple Raceway in Bayside, Texas, but managed to lay down the record-setting run once the clocks were fixed, the rain clouds had dispersed, and the track had dried.

Watching the video, it appears as though the laws of physics are broken when this highly-tuned Godzilla rips out of the hole in an all-wheel-drive wheelie, followed by a mad scramble for traction as the monstrous power coming from the tweaked-out turbo V-6 makes it to the ground via large drag radials. As the clouds creep in and the lightening flashes off in the distance, you can feel the gravity of the moment.

According to the AMS website, the Alpha Omega car holds the record for fastest and quickest GT-R in the quarter mile, as well as quickest 30-to-130 mph at 3.32 seconds, 100-to-150 mph at 2.15 seconds, and 0-to-300 km/h (or 186 mph) at 7.56 seconds. When we last saw it, horsepower figures came in somewhere around 1,700, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more now in the search for extra tenths.

While AMS might save some time stripping out the interior and replacing body pieces with lightened composites, we actually like how stock this thing is (that is, if a car with a parachute could be considered "stock"). You can bet this won’t be the last time you see the Alpha Omega GT-R, and we’re excited to see where AMS takes it next.

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Nissan ZEOD RC Breaks Electric Speed Record at Le Mans

Nissan ZEOD RC Breaks Electric Speed Record at Le Mans

Le Mans has a long history of record making and breaking. Since the 24 hour race first began in 1923, it has been a true mecca of speed and innovation. Now Nissan has attacked this legendary course and set a new Le Mans record speed for electric-powered vehicles by achieving a velocity of 300 kph (186 mph) during qualifying with its ZEOD RC. The record was reached in the first run of the second night’s qualifying by driver Satoshi Motoyama as he blasted down the Mulsanne Straight.

The ZEOD RC uses a unique dual-powertrain configuration with both an electric motor and an internal-combustion engine. Nissan has big plans for this new machine and is looking to break many more records over the course of the weekend’s race.

Nissan wasn’t the only company looking to make waves at Le Mans this year either. Toyota challenged the Audi team that dominated for the last several years, and Porsche has returned to challenge for an overall title as well with F1 ace Mark Webber at the wheel. This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was quite an exciting time for motorsports.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan ZEOD RC.

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Video: Nissan GT-R Goliath Sets a New One-Mile Top Speed Record

Video: Nissan GT-R Goliath Sets a New One-Mile Top Speed Record

The Nissan GT-R Goliath prepared by Switzer Performance delivers a total of 1,500 horsepower, so the fact that it managed to hit a top speed of 402 km/h (250 mph) is not too surprising. What is very surprising, however, is that it needed only one mile and just 22.6 seconds to hit this incredible speed. This makes the Goliath the world’s fastest GT-R in a one-mile sprint.

Apparently, there are only two other cars in the world that scored similar results: a Ford GT that managed to hit a top speed of 267 mph and a Chevrolet Camaro that hit the same 250 mph.

For those of you who do not know much about the GT-R Goliath, it keeps the same 3.8-liter, V-6 engine as a stock GT-R, but Switzer updated it with new intercoolers, plumbing and a new exhaust hardware. All these changed lead to a final output of in excess of 1,700 horsepower — almost three times the initial output of the GT-R.

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Video: Nissan GT-R Sets Russian Ice Speed Record

Video: Nissan GT-R Sets Russian Ice Speed Record

A month ago, an Audi RS6 fitted with Nokian Tyres set the ice speed record, clocking in a top speed of 208.6 mph. It was a mighty impressive pace that should stand for a while, or at least until after somebody else decides to take a crack at it.

Recently, though, a bone-stock Nissan GT-R tried its luck in a crust of ice at Russia’s Lake Baikal. Piloted by Russian drivers Roman Rusinov and Andrey Leontjev, the GT-R set a pretty blistering lap time of its own, hitting a top speed of 294.8 km/h (183.18 mph).

It still fell short of what the RS6 was able to accomplish a month ago, but the time was still good enough to set the Russian ice speed record for a stock production car.

We know that records these days are only as good until somebody else beats it. But that doesn’t take away from the impressive feat Nissan Russia and the two racecar drivers managed to accomplish.

We give props where it’s due and the people involved in the attempt and subsequent record deserve a lot of credit. It’s not easy to drive on ice at such high speeds, but you all know that.

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2013 Nissan GT-R laps Nurburgring in 7:16

2013 Nissan GT-R laps Nurburgring in 7:16

It looks like the Nissan-Porsche war is far from being over. Just yesterday, Porsche announced that their upcoming 918 Spyder supercar had lapped the Nurburgring in an amazing 7:14, and today, Nissan is coming out with their own lap time. The fastest, official Nurburgring lap time of the current Nissan GT-R was 7:24, but it looks like the 2013 GT-R is working with something even better, scoring a Nurburgring lap time of 7:16!

No official details on the time have been released just yet, but according to Bridge to Gantry, a 2013 GT-R with Nismo lightweight wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes (yes, like those seen on the Track Pack) was testing at the Green Hell. The best part is that Toshio Suzuki, the record-breaking test driver of Nissan, was behind the wheel.

We expect to see an official confirmation of these results soon, as sell as a video of the event. Stay tuned!

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Behind the Smoke Season 2 Episode 2

Behind the Smoke Season 2 Episode 2

Last week, we announced the debut of Behind The Smoke Season 2, as we watched Dai and the Falken team get ready for the upcoming Formula D season, after Dai took home the championship last year. Episode 2 just hit the web over at GT Channel and we have the video (above) here for you.

In this episode, Dai is getting ready to take on qualifying for the first race of the season at the Streets of Long Beach circuit. His first run, netted Dai about an 81, which was where he wanted to be. On the second run, Dai pulled out a 90.5, which allowed him to qualify 6th for the upcoming race.

In all, this episode is chock-full of all types of sideways action with tons of beautiful tire smoke. What’s really sweet is these guys put a camera inside the car, facing the front, so you can really see what Dai sees as he whips his 240SX around the track. You get some real kick-ass audio of the engine working away in those shots too. We also found out that even the reigning champ of Formula D gets scared sometimes.

While you’re watching, keep an eye out for three quick cameos by the bearded and fearless drift fan, Bil Baldwin. Let us know in the comments if you see him and the times that he appears on the screen.

Crank up those speakers and click "Play" on the above video. It’s 11 minutes of smoke and squeals that you won’t regret seeing!

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Stock 2013 Nissan GT-R rocks the quarter mile in 10.87 seconds

Stock 2013 Nissan GT-R rocks the quarter mile in 10.87 seconds

The 2013 Nissan GT-R already made headlines days after its debut in November 2011 when Godzilla tore through the 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.72 seconds, slaughtering the previous year’s 3.5 seconds time. Now, DragTimes has launched their GT-R onto the Palm Beach International Raceway to do the dirty on the quarter mile. The team ran the car until the achieved the best time of the day: 10.87 @ 125.26 MPH. This was followed by a 0-60 MPH sprint of just 2.7 seconds and a 60-130 MPH time of 8.89 seconds (VBOX). Peak G forces on the launch were 1.3 G’s.

As a reminder, the 2013 Nissan GT-R is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine found on the previous model, but with the output increased to 542 HP at 6,400 rpm - an increase of 12 HP over the current model - and 466 lbs-ft of torque delivered from 3,200 rpm all the way up to 5,800 rpm. Despite the extra 12 HP, Nissan is promising that the 2013 GT-R will be more fuel efficient.

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Video: Nissan GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS loses control at 233 mph

Video: Nissan GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS loses control at 233 mph

The land speed record for the GT-R was 218 mph, until AMS Performance decided to drag old Alpha Omega, the company’s monster GT-R, out to the Texas Mile to try to beat its own record.

The first run the GT-R rolls up with 24.5 pounds of boost and a tarmac-punishing 1,050 horsepower at the wheels. This run came out okay, as the Alpha Omega GT-R broke its record, hitting 221 mph. Throw the shoot, load up the car and take it home, right? Nope, not the AMS guys.

Apparently, 221 mph in a mile wasn’t good enough, so the AMS techs hopped back under the hood and cranked the boost to an insane 29.5 psi. This put the Nissan GT-R at an intense 1,250 wheel horsepower. After a mile the monster GT-R hits 233.1 and its driver Ivan reaches to pull the parachute.

Obviously the GT-R didn’t like Ivan taking the credit, so after catching a dip in the runway, the rear of the GT-R lifts up and slings itself sideways, sending its pilot into a deadly 200+ mph slide. At that point we were thinking that a farewell story to this power GT-R was in order, but somehow Ivan manages to calmly keep this monster in check and keeps it from completely spinning out of control.

We watched this video repeatedly looking for any sign of panic from the driver, but there was absolutely none. His eyes simply stayed focused, as he steered the 1,250 horsepower GT-R out of its slide. Hats off to the driver for keeping his cool and getting this car back under control. Check out the video and see if you could have kept your bowels, let alone the car, in check during the spinout.

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2012 Nissan GT-R "The Hulk" by Severn Valley Motorsport

2012 Nissan GT-R "The Hulk" by Severn Valley Motorsport

Just when we thought we found our favorite customized GT-R in AMS Performance’s monster of a Nissan GT-R called the "Alpha Omega". Capable of blasting along a quarter mile in just 8.97 seconds with a ridiculous top speed of 216.9 mph, the Alpha Omega vaulted to the top of the list as far as most awesome GT-R’s are concerned. Well, now we have to reconsider because UK tuner Severn Valley Motorsport has released their own souped up GT-R, affectionately billed as "The Hulk."

One monster GT-R deserves another monster GT-R.

The Hulk, which has been painted in a metallic Imperial Green Pearlescent finish, also comes with plenty of aerodynamic carbon components, including the new front bumper, the GTC Carbon bonnet, carbon gas bonnet lifts, and a host of carbon items - the rear diffusers, side skirts, and rear arch extensions - from Wald International. The S2 Active split wing from Aeromotion was also fitted into the Hulk, as are carbon race mirrors mounted on pillars, carbon exhaust surround, front and rear side markers, LSD doors, L.E.D angle eye day light running lights, and a new set of 20" Volks Racing light weight wheels wrapped in Toyo R888 315/30/20 tires. Inside, the Hulk was treated to a full carbon interior package, Cobra front carbon ultra light race seats, Alcantara fabrics, a six-point roll cage that was custom built to SVM specs, and Takata four-point race harnesses.

All that said, the real meal ticket of the Hulk is what lies under its hood. With an extensive performance upgrade that includes fitting their own 4.2-liter SVM HULK Spec Forged Blueprinted Unit, SVM was able to boost the street-legal GT-R’s output all the way up to 1,250 horsepower with a sick top speed of 218 mph, which by the way, is a new top speed record! The record was achieved at RAF Marham military base in Norfolk, UK and was confirmed by Racelogic Vbox data.

Full specifications after the jump.

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Video: Nissan GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS runs the quarter mile in 8.63

Video: Nissan GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS runs the quarter mile in 8.63

AMS’s ridiculously amazing Nissan GT-R Alpha has just received an Omega upgrade and broken the quarter mile world record yet again. The last time AMS took a shot at pushing the limits of the quarter mile was about six months ago when they acquired a time of 8.97 seconds at 169 miles an hour. Now, with an impressive 1,602 all-wheel horsepower on tap, the insanely awesome, updated GT-R Alpha Omega has run the quarter mile in an astounding 8.6263 seconds with an exit speed of 173.8 mph on the first run of the day. This impressive result was achieved on March 17, 2012 at the Lonestar Motorsports Park.

Even before the Nissan GT-R Alpha dominated the quarter mile, the car had already hit an impressive top speed of 216.9 mph in October 2011 at the Texas Mile. The car has also set a new record for 60-130 mph acceleration at a blistering 3.31 seconds - a time even more impressive than the most powerful supercars out there.

AMS seems to be unstoppable at this point, and we can’t wait to see more details on this killer package!

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2011 Nissan GTR 35RX by GReddy

2011 Nissan GTR 35RX by GReddy

GReddy takes pride in the fact that they are a company "founded and managed by racers and enthusiasts" and their latest take on the Nissan GT-R is proof of that fact.

The new GTR 35RX by GReddy is powered by a 4.3 liter stroker VR engine that has been tweaked, pushed, and pulled for amazing results. It starts with a Twin Turbo upgrade kit and a Type-29R Cross-flow intercooler kit that rev the power all the way to 1,084 HP, while a Ti 94mm full Y-back titanium exhaust system ensures the engine growl sounds just right. Other features for the 35RX include a tuned GR6 transmission cooled down by a DCT transmission cooler kit, a Dodson/Exedy clutch kit, a Dodson first gear upgrade, and WPC treated full gear set and clutch steel plates. The power is sent to MT drag radial tires with Ray’s Engineering Volk Racing G2 wheels. Visually, the first thing anyone will notice is the giant BOMEX rear wing, but GReddy is also working on a top secret front bumper for the kit.

All of the hard work put into the Nissan GTR 35RX by GReddy came to a head on September 18, 2011, when it recorded a 202.5mph top speed at the Fuji Speedway with World Champion Time Attack Challenge pilot, "Tarzan" Yamada behind the wheel. The vehicle currently does the quarter mile in the nine second range, but GReddy is still working on it to achieve a time in the eight second range.

UPDATE 01/18/2012: GReddy has unveiled an official video presenting their 35RX GT-R during a testing session. Fearless Option Video driver, Tarzan Yamada, takes to the Fuji Speedway for the high speed test, achieving over 200mph! Enjoy!

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2013 Nissan GT-R's Nurburgring lap time a full 8 seconds faster than its predecessor

2013 Nissan GT-R’s Nurburgring lap time a full 8 seconds faster than its predecessor

The 2013 Nissan GT-R has been rumored to be significantly improved compared to the current model. The engine will deliver a total of 560 HP (up 30 HP over the 2012 GT-R) and the suspension will also be significantly improved. So far, those modifications were not made in vain. It is rumored that, at its first testings around the Nurburgring race track, the 2013 GT-R has scored an impressive 7min 16secs lap time. If that time turns out to be accurate, that would make it 8 seconds faster than its predecessor’s time of 7:24.

According to Kazutoshi Mizuno, the father of the GT-R, the new model is "on average 3.1 - 4.9 mph faster through every corner there, and 3.1 mph faster on the final straight where the car now reaches 183.9 mph."

More details about this car will be revealed when it makes its world debut next week. A Track Pack and a Club Track Edition will follow shortrly thereafter.

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2011 Nissan GT-R by SP Engineering

2011 Nissan GT-R by SP Engineering

The Nissan GT-R by AMS Performance may currently hold the record for the quarter mile with a time of 8.97 seconds, but SP Engineering isn’t giving up on breaking the eight minute barrier with their version of Godzilla. Their packages for the stealth sports car come in a group of five, ranging from 650 HP to the big daddy with 975 HP. Most of these packages have been capable of a sub nine second quarter-mile, but work still has to be done to break eight.

The first update for the Nissan GT-R’s 3,799 cc V6 engine provides 650 HP on 91 Octane and 725 HP on race fuel. It is achieved with the addition of a TiTek titanium race exhaust and mid-pipe and a Titek 90mm cast stainless downpipe. among other additions. This package is followed up with the SPE 750 that takes the power up to 760 HP on 91 Octane and 900+ HP on race fuel with the use of turbochargers, as well as an SPE fuel system and an SPE cat less downpipe. The third package is the SPE 900 bringing the output up to 800 HP on 91 Octane and 950 HP on race fuel with the use of a Greddy turbo kit and intercooler.

The last two packages are the most impressive. The SPE 1000 pushes out 950 HP on 91 Octane and 1100 HP on race fuel with the use of an SPE long block kit and the SPE twin turbo kit. The fifth and final engine upgrade is aptly named Godzilla and takes power up to an exhilarating 975 HP on 91 Octane and 1,350 HP on race fuel.

Like what you see? Hit the jump for full details on all of these packages as well as exterior modifications provided for the Nissan GT-R by SP Engineering.

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Nissan GTR sets fastest quarter mile!

When most people just see a Nissan GT-R, they are in awe of this seminal feat of engineering. This car offers super car performance and practicality that perhaps makes it the best daily driver on the road today. Yet the Chicago based tuning company, AMS Performance, looked at the GT-R and set themselves a monumental engineering challenge. Cue dramatic music; they set out to build the fastest GT-R . To make this daunting challenge even harder the engineers from AMS kept the GT-R’s stock interior and amenities like air conditioning.

To accomplish the task, they endowed a GTR with 1,500 horsepower. That’s 300 more horsepower than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. This car is like showing up to an 8th grade science class with a Polaris missile while everybody else has a stomp rocket.

So did these engineers from Chicago accomplish their lofty goal? The answer is a resounding yes. This car posted the fastest GT-R quarter mile in history, posting a time of 8.97 second a astonishing 169 miles an hour.
Check out the video of this record breaking quarter mile run!

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