Monday, February 12, 2018

Nismo Carbon Brake Air Guides & Winter Update

Nismo will release tomorrow (2/13) the new carbon brake air guides for the Skyline GT-R lineup.

The set, priced at 190,000¥, will be available for BNR32, BCNR33 and BNR34, and is said to increase brakes cooling performances by 20%. Definitely an expensive option, but, judging by the photos, the carbon construction looks high quality.

In other news, I can’t wait for the weather to warm up as this year we had a pretty cold winter. We even enjoyed a snow covered Tokyo in a couple of occasions, something you surely don’t see everyday!

Snow (and salt on the streets) also meant that the GT-R has been enjoying some rest, tucked away in my garage, waiting for better road conditions. I definitely miss driving it.

Being away from behind the steering wheel means that I had plenty of time to think about what’s next for my GT-R as well as my second car, and GT-R Magazine is always a great source of inspiration when it comes to ideas. This month’s issue celebrates the approach of the 50th anniversary since the release of the first Skyline wearing the iconic badge.

The issue also unveils more details about the  Nismo Heritage Parts program, which reminded me of my last visit at Omori Factory in December. During this visit I did spot both the original Z-tune development mule and an actual Z-tune undergoing some maintenance could be seen at the very bottom of the workshop area.

Turns out that it was car #015, currently undergoing a chassis refresh before being shipped to its new owner in Australia. Upon reading online seems that the previous owner had the (bad, in my opinion) idea of fitting a Vcam setup to the car, an operation that seems cannot be undone by the technicians at Omori Factory. I hope the new owner will take care of such a special car and, somehow, bring it back to its original state, like #001 below.

Finally, stopping at Nissan Crossing in Ginza somehow reminded me that, while I still refer to it as the “new” GT-R, the R35 is now a 10 years old car.

Having sat in some of the latest production cars from Nissan and seeing some of the latest concepts does make me wonder about how the next GT-R will look and feel.

Scheduled for a release in 2020 is actually not too far away; all details are still surrounded by mystery, but what we can be sure of is that it will be hybrid-powered. I also suspect that it will sit in an even higher price/performance bracket than the R35.

Call me obsessed, but as much as I look forward to seeing what’s next, I’m still absolutely in love with the BNR34.  
The last winter days are rolling by and, while January has been very busy from a work prospective, I can’t wait for spring to kick the car hobby into higher gear.

Until next time.


  1. HKS VCam isn't really a bad idea by itself, but you have to match the intake and exhaust camshafts or the engine is going to respond strangely. But it should be reversible. At least, the 30 degree advance version is relatively simple to unwind. The 50 degree advance version requires replacing pistons.