Entries for January 2009

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Sean the GTRNRD4LFE put up the GT-R Challenge section of the DSPORT magazine DVD on Youtube. Check it out if you missed the event. Or even if you were at the event, the video probably has more detailed coverage. Just excuse my dumb ass smile at the very end of the video. I had no idea what else to do after winning the GT-R Challenge and $500. I ran a 10.4sec 1/4 mile in a time attack car with street tires (Nitto NT01), road race alignment with -3.5° camber, short shifting (finished the run in 5th gear like a dumb ass) and a stock BNR34 Getrag 6 speed. You can probably ignore the other Hollinger and OS sequential tranny cars on drag radials going slower (they weren't built at XS were they?). The car that did surprise me was the RB Motoring R32.4 which is an R32 GT-R with pure BNR34 GT-R running gear including the BNR34's ATTESA, Getrag transmission, subframes, and all. It was running pretty damn strong with Sean piloting the car. I think he was running 11.0s with stock mounted HKS GT-RS turbos pretty much all day long.

IDRC GT-R Challenge 2008


Sean the GTRNRD4LFE put up the GT-R Challenge section of the DSPORT magazine DVD on Youtube. Check it out if you missed the event. Or even if you were at the event, the video probably has more detailed coverage. Just excuse my dumb ass smile at the very end of the video. I had no idea what else to do after winning the GT-R Challenge and $500. I ran a 10.4sec 1/4 mile in a time attack car with street tires (Nitto NT01), road race alignment with -3.5° camber, short shifting (finished the run in 5th gear like a dumb ass) and a stock BNR34 Getrag 6 speed. You can probably ignore the other Hollinger and OS sequential tranny cars on...

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Dyno Belt


I woke up at 3:30am this morning. What a bitch. Later today I have to go and fix the belt for the rear roller on the XS Engineering DTS dyno. It's lasted tens of thousands of runs and 7 years now, but it broke while I had my R32 GT-R on it. Why did it have to break on my watch?!?! That means I'm responsible for fixing it. What a bitch. I didn't even get to finish tuning my GT-R because the front turbo broke. God damn Garrett piece of shit. I've never had one break out of the box, but it's gotta happen sometimes (mass production). What a bitch.  Life's full of bitches, but  I don't think that's what Ice Cube was referring to when he said "Life ain't nothing but bitches and money."

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Back Home Comments


It's good to be back home, but this jet lag fucking sucks. The 17 hour time difference is rocking my sleep pattern pretty bad. I used to be able to handle it just fine when one day of recovery was all it took and I was good to go the next day. Now I'm on the 4th day of recovery and I'm still hurting. Jet lag recovery is directly proportional to hangovers recovery time vs. age apparently.

I've enabled comments for now. I'll try it out for a while. I realize that I post a lot of things that people may not agree with since there's a whole generation of SPEs (forum bred self proclaimed engineers) and FFFs out there now. Fuck them (or you if you're an [Read the rest of this article...]

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KW R35 GT-R Suspension Website


George at KW sent out an email telling a little bit about KW's suspension development for the R35 GT-R. KW Germany made a micro site that breaks down some of their development including some cross comparison testing of stock suspensions vs. KW V3’s and KW Motorsport 3way, photos, track layouts and online movies. Check out the movies at Hockenheim and Nurburgring. The Rammstein style German headbanger music they rock in the videos is cool.

Since KW set XS up with some triple adjustable motorsport coilovers for the BNR32 Time Attack car, I have started...

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R35 GT-R Nismo Club Sport Kit


The R35 Club Sport kit was on display at the Nismo booth at TAS. The complete Nismo Club Sport kit costs a cool 5,460,000 yen (US$60,279). The kit is also available broken down into three different sub-kits: chassis package (dampers, springs, wheels, and tires for 2,205,000 yen or US$24,343), carbon bucket seats (two front seats for 1,890,000 yen or US$20,865), and titanium exhaust system (cat-back exhaust and rear diffuser for 1,890,000 or US$20,865 yen). It is designed as a direct bolt-on kit for your R35 GT-R. I'm sure the usual quality Nismo R&D went in to the development of the kit, but what REALLY tripped me out was t...

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Unagi in Mishima


Saya and I rented a little Toyota Passo and drove out to Hakone to check out the hot springs. On the way back we stopped by Mishima to eat at this little restaurant that serves one of the best Unagi bowls in all of Japan.

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Track Day @ Fuji Speedway Jan 11, 2009


On Sunday Roland and I hopped on to the DSPORT tour bus again to go check out the Carmate and Nitto Tire drift ride along. More on the drift day later (probs with sd card). The DSPORT Tokyo Auto Salon tour is actually pretty good, but my schedule did not allow me to go on the entire tour. Today they went to the Nissan R35 GT-R VR38DETT engine factory in Yokohama which was undoubtedly pretty cool too. I do recommend the DSPORT tour for next year if you are thinking about going to the Tokyo Auto Salon. I met some cool people on the tour too.

After Fuji was rebuilt a couple...

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R35 GT-R Soundtrack


I hopped on to the DSPORT tour bus on Saturday and went to Super Autobacs in Tokyo. This store is crazy big and smokes the two Super Autobacs in California. Anyhow, I saw some R35 CDs. These were disco, house, euro trance, and love ballad CDs. Not quite my taste, but interesting how the R35 is affecting the car culture. You don't see CZ9A EVO X CDs...
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R35 GT-R Aero Buyer's Guide TAS 2009


I was walking around the Tokyo Auto Salon today (press day) with Roland from Pi UK and I kind of got bored of the cars. There was definitely some cool shit, but I think I am jaded overall. There just aren't enough hardcore engine parts, dope looking big turbo engines, and buff ass BNR32/BCNR33/BNR34 GT-Rs anymore. I guess that was the TAS of about 10 years ago. Anyhow, I saw a near stock R35 GT-R and I was thinking to myself, "Jeez, I am so fucking bored of seeing stock R35s at shows, in mags, at meets and everywhere else, that I should do the R35 owning public a small favor and post up some R35 aero parts so I can stop looking at stock R35s." So, here's a quick and dirty aero parts buye...

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World's Biggest Engine


Ken showed me a magazine the other day that showed the world's biggest engine. Being the engine geek I am, I did some googling and found out that the world's biggest engine is a Wartsila-Sulzer two-stroke turbo diesel RT-flex96C. It is available in an inline-6 (RB26000?) to an inline-14 cylinder configuration in 1 cylinder increments. Here's some stats on the 14 banger version:

Bore:   960mm or 37.8 inches
Stroke:   2500mm or 98.43 inches
Speed: 92-102rpm
Peak cylinder pressure: 19.6 bar or 2...

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Castrol Top Shop Challenge Results

by Eric Hsu

Click above to read about my take of the Castrol Top Shop Challenge.

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Happy New Year 2009!


Happy new year everybody. My goal before the new year, aside from completing the MX-5 calibration work (see below), was to get this new and improved blog up and running. With some help from Aric and the gigantic knowledge base we call the web, I was able to get this up and running today with the exception of the links you see on the top of this column and below the header. The evil scripts, adware, and bots that have infested the JDM Insider site are no longer lurking on this blog. BTW, this blog's new web address is: http://www.beyondthedyno.com/Blogs/Eric. Pleas...

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