Latest Project R35 GT-R Articles

WATCH: Easy and Effective R35 GT-R Aerodynamic Improvements!

Check out how we increased the downforce on our GT-R by 13% and reduced the drag coefficient all the way down to an amazing .25 with just a few simple bolt on parts. All CFD verified!


 

Project R35 GT-R, Really Improving the Aero with Verus Engineering

By Mike Kojima

While its somewhat bulky looks are deceiving, the DBA R35 GT-R is one of the most aerodynamic cars currently in production with a Coefficient of drag of .26.  This puts in in the top 10 of production sedans with low drag coefficients. 


 

WATCH:  IMPROVING the R35 GT-R! Part4 - Brembo Brake Rotors and Pads

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Join us on our multi-part journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ!

In Part 4 of our series we install Brembo rotors and pads!


 

IMPROVING the R35 GT-R! Part 3 - Whiteline Bushings and SPL Arms, Links & Spherical Bearings

by MotoIQ Video

Join us on our multi-part journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ!

In Part 3 of our series we install Whiteline bushings and SPL Parts arms, links and spherical bearings!


 

WATCH! IMPROVING the R35 GT-R! Part 2 - Forged Performance Sway Bars

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You've read the article, now watch the video! Join us on our journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ! In Part 2 of our series, we install a set of Forged Performance sway bars.


 

WATCH! IMPROVING the R35 GT-R: Part 1 - KW Suspension 3-way Adjustable Clubsport Coilovers

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You've read the article, now watch the video! Join us on our journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ! In Part 1 of our series we install a set of KW Suspension 3-way adjustable Clubsport coilovers and show you the process of adjusting a 3-way shock.


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Putting the Suspension All Together With SPL Parts and Whiteline 

by Mike Kojima

Now we are in the home stretch for upgrading our GT-R's underpinnings with our quest to improve its on-track staying power and to reduce its propensity to understeer. In previous editions, we did the suspension basics and upgraded the brakes on the car. Now it was time to finish this part of our project off.


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Upping Stopping Power with Brembo and Race Technologies

by Mike Kojima

As you can see so far in this series, we are doing a lot of things to fight the weight of the GT-R.  At 3800 pounds, the GT-R wheels throw around a lot of mass with a great deal of speed and grace, but it can only do it for short periods of time before the weight takes its toll, mostly on the brakes and tires.


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Getting More Grip with Advan and Toyo!

by Mike Kojima

One of the issues with the R35 GT-R is that it is a big heavy car that gets an amazing amount of performance out of its tires.  The stock tires are a 285/35-20 in the rear and a 255/40-20 in the front. For most cars, this is an impressive amount of rubber but for the 3850 lb GT-R, the car works exceedingly well at first, but the tires quickly fade away.  With some ham-fisted driving, the fading away happens pretty fast.


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Getting the Ultimate Custom Car Cover with Covercraft

by Mike Kojima

The MotoIQ Megashop is in a pretty dusty industrial area in So Cal. Dust gets into our shop and mixes with the normal shop dirt of metal filings and other stuff that naturally flies around when you work with cars.

So unfortunately, some of the nicer cars in our fleet end up being quickly covered by a mixture of nasty shop dirt and neighborhood dust that can turn a freshly cleaned and detailed car into a pigpen in as little as a week. 


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Starting the Suspension Revolution with KW Suspension and Forged Performance

by Mike Kojima

It's been a long time since we even mentioned anything about our Project R35 GT-R. We had plans for the car but never could find the time to work on it. The other issue was that the R35 is a world-class supercar, and it is very hard to improve on a car like this without messing it up. It is easy to make it worse with ill-conceived aftermarket parts. 


 

Project DBA R35 Nissan GT-R: Front End Protection with Premium Shield

By Mike Kojima

We have written articles about getting the paint on our various project cars protected with various films in the past with a great amount of success.  Like all things protective film technology is continuously improving and we were lucky enough to sample one of the latest in protective films on our Project R35 GT-R.

Our friends at Service Group Distribution are into film technology and they are the ones that introduce us to new stuff.  We got a call from them where they wanted to demo their new Premium Shield film for us.  What better car to try it on than our new DBA GT-R?


 

Project DBA R35 Nissan GT-R

By Mike Kojima

Our Project GT-R was originally going to be an early 2009 CBA model.  We had acquired a low mileage first generation CBA and were about to start applying the normal MotoIQ tricks when we got to drive a 2014 model second generation or DBA GT-R at a dealer and were pretty amazed at the difference in refinement and performance that the newer car had over the old car.

The CBA was no slouch at all but the DBA was much faster, handled noticeably better and was much more refined from a NVH standpoint.  Most of the differences came about during the car's mid cycle facelift in 2012 when the model changed from CBA to DBA.  Even though most of the major changes happened in the switch from CBA to DBA, Nissan has been hard at work refining the GT-R and each model year comes with a list of continual refinements.


 

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