When the Nissan GT-R was released there was a loud cry from fans: "Give us a proper manual!" they demanded. Given the layout of the car's drivetrain (rear dual-clutch transaxle), the logical conclusion was that a manual gearbox swap simply wasn't possible.
Of course, the "impossible" for some is a "goal" for others. Japanese tuning house Blitz has built an R35 GT-R for drifting, and of course 100% seamlessly smooth shifts 100% of the time is a bad thing.
So, in place of the standard Borg-Warner dual-clutch gearbox, Blitz has worked out how to instal one of Australia's better known automotive exports, a Holinger Engineering sequential gearbox. The Holinger's manually actuated clutch will give the D1 drifter piloting this beast a lot more options for initiating a slide than the original double-clutch gearbox allowed.
Of course, being a drifter, it also means that AWD is superfluous. Which is good for Blitz and Hollinger, as the mechanics and 'smarts' for the ATTESSA system's active torque split takes place within the original gearbox. The driver is not likely to miss the extra weight either.
Not surprisingly, the Blitz 'Manual' GT-R has scored a host of other changes. Being purely a competition car all of the 'fruit' has been stripped out in the interest of saving weight. That means there is no air conditioning, the original steering wheel with air bag has been removed, while new, lighter forged magnesium wheels have been fitted.
Blitz has also fitted a carbon fibre bonnet, trick suspension and some new gauges but development is still underway, so expect some further modifications before this drifter hits the track in anger.
While the rest of the car is being substantially modified, Blitz have no immediate plans to chase any large power gains from the GT-R's engine, preferring to leave it largly standard, aside from the fitment of a larger exhaust system.
We look forward to seeing how the first manual R35 GT-R performs on the track. Lets hope it can generate some serious smoke!
[ GTRBlog ]