• Jan 15th 2009 at 7:58PM
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Click above for a gallery of the Blitz Nissan GT-R

You'd have to go to great lengths to improve on the Nissan GT-R, but judging by the number of R35s on hand at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan's top tuners are making a serious attempt. One GT-R that caught our attention comes from the aftermarket firm Blitz, which ditched Godzilla's all-wheel-drive system and fitted a manual gearbox in an attempt to make the GT-R a credible contender in Japan's D1 drift series.

With the complex ATESSA-ETS setup and rear-to-front drivetrain removed, Blitz has created the first rear-wheel-drive GT-R and addressed one of the main complaints about the R35 – it's weight. While the stock seats remain (Blitz plans to fit a set of Bride buckets later on), it's nixed the air-conditioning and a number of other components, along with replacing several interior panels and the hood with carbon fiber pieces. A Hollinger sequential unit replaces the dual-clutch gearbox and a NISMO GT R34 LSD resides in the rear. The twin-turbo'd 3.8-liter V6 remains unchanged, but the exhaust has been swapped in favor of a Blitz cat-back.

In addition to a set of gauges to keep tabs on boost, oil temperature and oil pressure, Blitz fitted its own ZRR dampers at all four corners, along with a set of BRW09MAG forged magnesium wheels, sized 20x9.5-inches (+38) up front and 20x10-inches (+18) in the rear. Each is shod in super sticky Dunlop SP Sport DSST Ctt (we think 600s) rubber, with 255/40s on the front and 285/35 out back.

The Blitz GT-R is still under development, so it won't be campaigning in D1 until 2010. Not that it matters, we're just enamored by the sight of an R35 with a clutch pedal. Check out the gallery below for some shots under the Blitz GT-R's body.


[Source: Blitz, Autoblog Chinese, GTRBlog]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't mind the fact that they turned a GT-R into no more than a GT-T or a GS-T, but what is up with that gaudy steering wheel?

      The only time flames are ever appropriate inside a car, is when it's on fire.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A sequential unit is not what people tend to think of when they hear "manual transmission." It's just not the same as rowing your own gears.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's nothing magic about a sequential manual gearbox.

        You can nearly always upshift on them without clutching, but then again, you can do that on a non-sequential manual too. If the gearbox has straight cut gears and a throttle cut, then you might be able to downshift without clutching. If it doesn't have those things, then you'll have to clutch to downshift.

        The simplest sequential manual gearbox is like those on a motorcycle. You do change gears with back and forth motions of the lever, but you still need to treat it like an H-pattern gearbox in the other ways.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah the autoblog article is VERY misleading (quite frankly, it's wrong) when it claims that the transmission was "replaced with a manual." It's no more manual than the DSG system currently employed-from the driver's perspective an SMG works the same as a DSG (except less smoothly) and you'd still be paddle shifting or flipping a shifter up and down to select gears with no clutch pedal.

        The reason (this part isn't really a reply to Dustin-just explaining) why it was fitted with the Hollinger isn't so someone could use a clutch pedal, it's because the Hollinger unit deals much better with high horsepower and torque-making it ideal for tuning the engine to obscene levels without having to worry about the stock GT-R gearbox blowing up. Those transmissions are rated for 1000+ horsepower in pretty aggressive use.
      • 6 Years Ago
      285? isn't that a bit narrow for that kind of power? I mean, My dad's tundra only makes about ~290hp at the wheels and his 275's get real loose real easily.
        • 6 Years Ago
        but ur dad's tundra probably isn't on high performance tires...
        • 6 Years Ago
        trucks have to weight on the bed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's basically the idea behind drifting. You WANT the rear tires to break loose, so the rear end of the car can easily swing out and "drift."
      • 6 Years Ago
      So epic
      • 6 Years Ago
      Though they aren't Z/Y/W rated either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would now rather be a GTS-T. Like the ECR33 GTS25T. Basically a GT-R without ATTESA-ETS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw that car last week at the show and I had to do a double take when I looked in the interior. I'm glad my R32 GT-R just needs a simple fuse-pull to convert it to RWD. I already deleted the useless HICAS system. It's on, Godzilla!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That Hollinger sequential is worth more than both my cars put together. Wow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Take it to the NUR.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can anyone tell me why you'd want sticky tires under a drifter? Or why someone would use an AWD techno-wiz to start, rather that half as much spent on a Z, add turbos and an LSD- done! would look WAY better too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see. much enlightened, thank you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Half of drifting is "losing" control, the other half is regaining it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You need to have grip so the front doesn't let go as well. If the front lets go, drifting becomes crashing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You typically want a LOT of grip. You then just over power it to make it go sideways. You want to go faster then the other person and get more angle and tire smoke and yeah. Cant do that with a car with no grip.

        Tires have to be decently hard though otherwise they just disappear and some compounds once over heated lose all their grip.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Whatever tires you use to drift are going to be liquid most of the time, so a soft one isn't going to last very long. HOWEVER, contrary to what many people believe, you do want as much traction as possible in a drift car. You're still driving a car into corners at 100mph, it still has to handle. Try drifting your car on all season tires vs. snow tires in the snow and see what I mean. Not much fun without traction.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a RWD smaller motor'd turbo car with a manual transmission and lots of less fanciness. I know it'd be borderline G37 but why not just make it the next g37 or something? 3.0 TT.

      IDK. Kind of a random ramble
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