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It took 3 years for the mazda rx-8's ecu to be cracked and modified due to the black box....I wonder how fast they can mod the GTR's. Plus, how will you retain the warranty with a cracked ecu?

Some videos and more info: http://www.autoblog.com/2007/12/08/mines-planning-nissan-gt-r-upgrades-for-north-america/

The introduction of Nissan's GT-R in North America isn't just a milestone for the automaker, but for the tuners in Japan that stand to profit from one of the largest aftermarkets in the world. MINE'S has been developing parts in Japan since 1985 and have been one of the preeminent R32, R33 and R34 tuners over the past two decades. They've already gotten their hands on the new R35 GT-R and according to a few comments by Mr. Niikura from MINE'S, they plan on bringing both ECU upgrades and other parts to the U.S. market in 2008.

Our comrades over at the GTChannel videotaped the brief interview with the man behind MINE'S and also had the opportunity to watch the tuner's GT-R and its GT500 counterpart spend some time at the Tsukuba circuit.

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http://www.gtchannel.com/content.php?cid=12052

http://www.gtchannel.com/content.php?cid=11984
 

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I read that if you fool with the ecu they will be able to see and void the warranty! I wouldn't want to fool with a 80,000+ dollar car unless they are really sure!
 

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FYI, the stock GTR has been dynoing at a lot more power than is advertised. It's supposed to be at abou 480, it's been dynoing 480 at the wheels.

Here's a dyno chart showing whp, and this is an awd car too, so there will be higher driveline losses.
 

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Nice! Although you can make a dyno show anything you want, this is consistent with previous skylines.

A rough estimate for awd is 15% driveline loss, maybe if the DSG trans is somehow different, even 10% would be super low for awd.
 

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hm.. that would explain a lot.

Noone could figure out how a heavier car could beat the z06 and 911... now it makes sense. It has to have at least 500 hp, some might be just built better and have 550 hp. But you would think that advertising a higher horsepower number would be better than underrating it so much right?
 

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$10,000 markup would be small, some places are targeting $30,000 markup.

Even if I coud afford it, I would never pay 30% markup!
 

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But plenty of other people are willing to pay that much. The shelby ford mustang was selling with huge markups like that for a while.
 
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