Event>> Nismo Festival 2009 – Pt2

You are looking at what the Nismo Festival was all about this year, racecars. Nissan has never forgotten that enthusiasts want to see their favorite production cars on the race track, something that helps build a strong image for the brand. The concoction of GT-R race engines that were unleashed on the circuit throughout the day was a true visual and aural experience, with crackling and backfiring VK45DEs, VQ30DETTs…

…and of course the best of them all, the mighty RB26DETT. As ever the Gr.A BNR32s are the cars that grab the most attention from enthusiasts as the sheer success these things had in Japan and around the world is what the whole GT-R legend is built on.

Other legendary rides included this Nismo Z-tune on display at the Zele International stand, by far one of the best BNR34 ever built. Actually this reminds me, this car really deserves it's own feature. Would anyone like to see more on the Z-tune?

Super GT isn't the only interesting race championship in Japan, there is also Super Taikyu, the old Gr.N series. Engines are not allowed to be tuned much, mainly small modifications like balancing and more sophisticated engine management, while chassis are allowed to be strengthened and the bodies lightened. 

This is one of the most beautiful race cars Nissan has ever built, but unfortunately at the time this Kenmery was built the oil crisis hit and the Nissan pulled out of racing. 

The widebody R33 on the left is of course the GT-R LM that competed in the 1996 Le Mans 24 h race. To enter this car Nissan had to build a street going GT-R LM, one other car we will need to do a spotlight on as there is only one in existence!

The 2009 GT1 GT-R was attracting a lot of attention throughout the day.

Here is Super GT driver Michael Krumm, who also drives the GT1 GT-R in the FIA GT.

Ever wondered what the engine of the R391 looks like? Here is the VRH50A in its full naturally aspirated glory. The engine and gearbox serve as the mounting points for the inboard push-rod Dynamic suspension. If you are into the more technical aspect of these kind of cars then you would have, like myself, drooled over this for a good ten minutes!

Before the R391 and right after the R33 GT-R LM we saw above came this car, the R390 that first competed in the GT1 class at Le Mans in 1997. Nissan was still using turbocharging at this point on this V8, the 3.5L VRH35L.

Thanks to the turbochargers the engine develops 641 HP, not a bad figure if you consider the R390 weighs just over 1,000 kg. 

Tomei had their Z33 demo car out…

…fitted with their brand new Expreme Ti titanium exhaust system. As ever with Tomei parts, quality is simply awesome and this is designed for high performance, being one of the lightest on the market. This Expreme Ti is also available for the Evo X (it weights 4.4 kg!!) with more applications to follow. The best thing however is the price, finally a titanium exhaust that doesn't need to break the bank!

More Tomei goodness in the form of an RB28 kit, RB26 oil pump and stainless steel headers. These are the kind of things I do not need to see sold at a discount!!! I took a deep breath and got the hell out of there before I did any damage…

…and went to find me a race queen to shoot!

This is one car we will be seeing tomorrow at Tsukuba. Tsukada-san of ATTKD has been working on his R32 demo car all year to make it even faster for this year's Super Lap Battle…

…which includes a fresh engine and some minor modifications. This remains one of the fastest GT-Rs in Japan.

Mine's has been doing great things with the new R35 GT-R but their two demo cars were nowhere to be seen at the Fuji Speedway paddock. The street-tuned BNR34 was present however, a car that never really got much attention as everyone was always more interested on their blistering fast circuit-spec R34. This is the best of two worlds, powered by the same 600+ HP engine as in the extreme time attack car, in a more street-tuned and road-legal package. This is actually Nikura-san's daily driver when he is not driving one of the R35s.

I really want to try these Endless brakes out one time. It's the first monobloc 6-pot caliper made by a Japanese company and they look sensational. Check out the "E" grooved discs!

Yes it was cold, I tried to ask her to strip but she gave me a weird look. Took the sticker instead and made my way…

…back to R31 House to see some more rare machinery. A wagon Skyline, way before the Stagea was even thought up! I can't get over how damn sexy this thing looked.

Things got even better under the hood, with a beautifully presented engine bay and highly tuned RB20DET.

The owner of this particular R31 is an obvious fan of Impul/Calsonic…

…so when he managed to ask Hoshino-san to sign his dashboard…

…he was beyond happy! 

He was in pure ecstasy and couldn't believe the great man himself had just signed his car. He was in this same position at the end of the day. I think he will have a grin on his face for the next year! LOL

And talking of Impul, here is a rear shot of the aggressive 2009 GT500 GT-R.

HKS had their R34 GT-R Driving Performer, a car I drove back when it was first built a few years back. Another one worth a feature as it's one of the smoothest single-turbo GT-Rs I've sampled.

Hope you liked taking a walk through the paddock at the Nismo Festival. I'll concentrate on more track action next, not to mention the finale of the day. Don't miss part 3!

Zele International

Super Taikyu

Tomei Powered 


Autech Tsukada ATTKD



-Dino Dalle Carbonare



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yes yes we want more feature on the z-tune!!



So amazed words can not describe.

So much "Awesomeness"!

Can't wait for Part 3!


i think its about time there were a feature on the z-tune.


Love the Z-Tune


Wow....so awesome!


that '31 wagon.. :O :D

..gotta get building one asap!




I loved the Omori Factory booth and the build up of the RB engine. Great event and I hope to go again next year as well as I will be living in Japan then.


skyline wagon wallpaper please =D


OMG more on the skyline wagon pleeeeease.


great post and pics


I think the MIne's R35s are absent because they are still testing their new VR38DETT complete engine. Looks very promising!


moar on z-tune!!




love nismo, love the z-tune. I WANT TO SEE MORE!!


yes to Z tune ^^,


I love Nissans. Awesomeness.


Definitely more on the Z-Tune please.


that first one deserves to be on my desktop, and more Z-Tune :)


we'd always love to see more of the Z-TUNE but hadn't you shooted it at the time of MODIFY MAG??

SUPER GT WALLPAPERS PLEASE (love their bodykit "stamina"... )


Yes please Dino, a full feature on both the Z-Tune and the R33 GTR LM!

Please a wallpaper of the Red R31 Wagon! That thing is sex on wheels!


R31s are so nice ...


More on the Z-TUNE and HKS GT-R's please.


ofcourse we want more of the z-tune. and street going GT-R LM would be awesome. would like to know more about it :)


Either i've not been observant but for many years i've not recalled a Pulsar / Sunny GTi-R ever been featured during this NISMO event.

Unless it's always being hidden away from the limelight.

Nevertheless great job with the pics... Makes me drool.


Great article and yes to all the suggestions for features!


"I tried to ask her to strip but she gave me a weird look."

Well what did you expect? Haha, she does looks cute though. Anyway, this event must be a blessing for you Dino, seeing all those different Skylines and all. Also the guy who build that Impul R31 must have went to great lengths to build that car. Sure enough it had paid off immensely for him, can't imagine how it must have been for him that day!!!


HAHAHAA that japanese fan boy cracks me up



yes more the Z-Tune please Dino


sick ass widebody clarion r33...anymore pics of this one? and yes more on the z-tune! thx.


Please feature all the R34 and R31 wagon!!


Yes to the Z-tune!


Beautiful =D

Iasked for BNR32's and you delivered :p


more z tune PLEASE !


Features on the Mine's R34 and the Z-Tune R34, PLEASE!


The HKS R34 too!


Hey Dino, I was wondering why it seems as though the Super Taikyu series is never really publicized? It's hard to find any info or coverage on the series. Living in America makes it hard to find anyone who even knows anything about the series. What do you think about that? Do you ever cover these events? Thanks.


More on the z tune please dino.And the bacjk of the R390 and R391 is pure car porn.And a spotlight at least on the R33 GTR-Lm since that car is awesome. And the bloke who got his R31 signed i reckon will be smiling not for the next year,the next decade.


Do you even have to ask if we'd like a feature on the Z Tune??? haha

That first shot is screaming out to be turned into a wallpaper too. It looks so angry.

Be cool if Nissan/Nismo brought over the old Gibson Motorsport / Winfield Grp.A R32 that raced in Oz for the Japanese to see what was going on down these parts of the world. They might also get a surprise at how it goes :)


Z-Tune feature yes indeed, the best R34 factory tune, no doubt.


Great writing and pictures jammed with stuff to inquire about! the exhaust side of the R390's turbo looked really small compared to the intake side, whats with that? Feature on the R31 House Skyline 'van' please...

Can't wait for the super lap battle either!


I think that we need more in depth coverage of the ATTKD R32 GT-R, the Impul/CALSONIC R31 replica/fan car (interview the owner too), and the Impul/CALSONIC Gr.A BNR32 GT-R.


NISMO Festival > Toyota Motorsports Festival


more on Z-tuned please. Love that car


Z-TUNE FEATURE !!! that is seriously one of the sexiest skyline's built IMO.






Feature on the Z-Tune please... or any Skyline you can get your hands on!


Dino, you gotta to the Nismo Z-Tune feature. Love IT!


Please feature all of the three cars you mentioned!!!! Please!!!



luv ur work btw!