Long term tests

Nissan GT-R

Track outings in the GT-R have meant re-investment in tyres, transmission oil and brakes

Since last month I have succumbed further to my carbonfibre fetish and ordered a gorgeous set of carbon bonnet vents and canards made by Auto Select, plus a smart carbon front grille by Mine’s. All these parts were supplied by TunerLab.jp (costing £1117 in total), and were fitted, along with some Nissan LED daylight running lights, at the GT-R’s six-month service by the experts at Middlehurst Motorsport.

Because I’ve done so many track miles and have taken the transmission oil temperature over 120deg C a few times, I was advised that I should also have GO02 LLA’s transmission fluid changed, so I decided to try some from Willall (£650) that is specifically designed to protect the GT-R’s dual-clutch gearbox. According to Willall, an Australian motorsport company (willallracing.com), its fluid will not oxidise and degrade like the standard Nissan stuff, even under severe use.

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Other predictable victims of my track outings have been the tyres and brakes. As the worn OEM Dunlop runflats seemed highly questionable in the wet, I thought I would try the Bridgestone Potenzas that are standard equipment on GT-Rs in Japan and the US (£1117 for four). Meanwhile, Middlehurst supplied some grooved AP Racing front discs and I am now the guinea pig for some Ferodo DS2500 pads. The total bill for the brakes, LED lights and fitting the carbon bits came to £2608.

The new set-up was soon put to the test in a return visit to the GT‑R’s second home, the Nürburgring, on a trackday run by trackdays.de. I was pleased to see ten other R35 GT-R owners turn up, but the track was very damp. Initial impressions are that the Bridgestones appear to have a more progressive breakaway than the Dunlops, but the Ferodos don’t seem up to the job of confidently stopping the heavyweight Godzilla.

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 Nonetheless, it was an exciting (and scary) thrill being able to top 180mph on the main straight, and all 11 GT-Rs made it through the day unscathed, unlike several 911s, M3s and Lotii…

Running Costs

Date acquiredApril 2009
Total mileage5872
Costs this monthsee text
Mileage this month958
MPG this month18.7
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