Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Racing GT-Rs, LM GT4 2017 and Oil Maintenance

Yesterday I got a call from Yamazaki-san who notified me that the parts I ordered finally arrived; he also asked if I would be interested in having an early look at the new Nismo LMGT4 that are due to release in September - an invitation that I was happy to accept as I had nothing planned for the day. The lineup ready for customer delivery never disappoints.

But, let's start from the LMGT4 first.

The wheels are the exact same spec we are all familiar with.

This year Nismo has chosen a matte black finish that I actually quite like.

While picking up my parts I had a very interesting chat about maintenance and future parts production with Yamazaki-san and Koyama-san; it turns out that last year Nissan gave the green light to restart production of the N1 block only once they had logged-in over 100 backorders from customers. 

The guys were clearly having a rather busy day and, after sticking around the office for a while, I decided to get around the workshop.

Main reason for the unusual number of customer cars was a recent SSCT (Skyline Sports Club Tokyo) event, which is basically a track day for Skyline GT-R owners.
While lots of owners (myself included I guess?) relegate their GT-Rs to mild road usage it's refreshing to see others driving them hard on track, as the pair of zenki BNR34 testifies.

The paintwork on these machines might not be perfectly detailed, but you can rest assured that they push some serious power and are put to good use.
The black model was fitted with R35 brakes.

While the owner of the Athlete Silver car took things one step further and had installed a Recaro bucket seat, racing harness, AP Racing brakes and a full Nismo aero-kit. The extended rear spoiler mounting brackets also had a very purposeful look.

Most of the customers were returning to Nismo for post track day maintenance and oil changes. I remember reading something about this in the latest maintenance special GT-R Magazine: experts recommended changing engine, transmission and differential oil right even after just a single track day or a hard driving session on the winding roads, especially on layouts with plenty of tight corners, as they put a large amount of stress on the differential. I orginally found the recommendation a bit extreme, but seeing these guys getting their fluids changed made me think. This also reminded me that I should probably go for a full fluids change sometimes after summer.

The third car that came in from the SSCT event was probably the most extreme of the trio.

The owner of this BNR32 had even removed the backseat and fitted the car with a whole lot of goodies for circuit driving; starting from a carbon fiber bonnet.

And Nismo intercooler.

The engine bay looked all business, although I'm not sure the powetrain is a complete Mine's works.

Cars moved out of the workshop quite quickly and, as soon as the two BNR34 were delivered back to customers, Koyama-san prepared this rare 4-door BCNR33 Autech Version for final inspection and delivery.

I am not sure about the look of this car, but given its rarity prices are skyrocketing and are now very close to BNR34 levels; definitely a collectors item.

And finally, I guess that the car that everybody wants to see is the one that was in the back of the workshop.

You guessed it: 1 of the 122 BNR34 M-spec ever produced in Silica Breath.

The car was undergoing some air-condition unit maintenance; a process that seemed rather complex as Yamada-san couldn't finish it during my 4 hours visit.

I'm not sure about the look of the matching Volk Racing TE37, but the car was fitted with lots of nice touches, starting from genuine carbon fiber Nismo front fenders.

These are the real deal, entirely made out of dry carbon, for a total cost of almost 4 times the standard Nismo ones. Lots of people mistakenly assume that the standard Nismo fenders found on lots of BNR34 are carbon fiber - they are actually made of FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic).
The owner survey likes the carbon look, as he also installed a lightweight rear spoiler flap.

As well as dry carbon inlet pipes.

The rest of the engine bay looked rather clean.

With hints of mild tuning courtesy of Omori Factory.

I always had a soft spot for the M-spec leather seats, especially the Alcantara inserts on the shoulder support; definitely a rather nice looking machine.

The rainy season hasn't been too bad so far this year, but with rain in the forecast almost every day my car has been in hibernation for a while now. Luckily we still get some nice days from time to time and Tokyo never ceases to amaze. 

On a different note, last Friday I celebrated my 10th year anniversary since I first arrived in Japan: looking forward to the next 10!

Until next time.


  1. the silica breath is still my favorite color on the r34 although I own a sonic silver one that I like !

    love the content and write up and happy 10th year anniversary !

  2. Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the content!

  3. FOUR HOURS? Geez that's worse than me....

  4. Is the matt finish really black, or is it dark greyish? Was thinking of going for that, dunno if glossy is more beautiful. :)
    Oh and lastly, would you know if all LMGTs have the same concave? Was thinking it will be depending on offset and width.

    1. Thanks for stopping by.
      Good question! The rims definitely look black, but given the matte finish they might look like a really dark grey under strong direct light.
      Size are the usual 18 X 9.5 and 18 X 10.5

    2. Yeah, us GT-R bros. should stick together. We're rare and awesome breed.. although deep wallet is must for us bec. of the "GT-R Tax". LOL. How's it Japan brother? Parts are crazy high especially for the BNR32 and 34.
      As for the Nismo wheels, so you didn't noticed any difference in concave for let's say, 18x9.5 vs 18x10.5?
      Thanks for the reply! It's a nice feeling to like talk to another GTR enthusiast, especially if he's in Japan. ;)