I wish there was a way to find out what the Z-Tune ran, so that it could be compared to the goal of 7'45" for the new GT-R.
The C6 Z06 was slower? It ran ~7'43", so the V-Spec II Nur ran ~7'39"? That's kind of a stretch imho. The new 997 GT3 runs that, and not only does it weigh a good bit less than an R34, but with ~415hp, it's got an advantage in grunt, too.From the numbers I've found the new Z06 did it four seconds slower then the V Spec II Nur. But I haven't found anything official.
I also figure a better handling/more compliant suspension will give the GT-R an advantage in handling, as well as driver confidence.something else to note, as i reiterate this schtick here: if Lotus is also developing, at least heavily influencing, the chassis/monocoque (as this is part of the suspension system, really), the GTR will be feather-light, relatively speaking. perhaps lighter than the 350Z. this should take care of the Z06.
Exactly. If a development driver says that a car is a bit hairy to control, as in the case of the C6 Z06, that might be something of a bad sign. The GT-R will probably be easier to deal with in comparison, due to awd and a more conventional suspension setup. True, the GT-R may get active ride, but it's more conventional than a transverse leaf spring.as far as the feeling part goes, two cars can do a track in the same exact time and feel completely different in the process. one car may be easier to push to the limits for example.
The thing is, Jeremy and Co. didn't explain how the leaf spring suspension actually used a transverse mounted monospring made from composite. It's nothing like the leaf spring setups on the prams and midieval oxcarts Jeremy mentioned. The monospring is actually kind of advanced, since it saves so much weight. It still handles very well, too. Unfortunately, a downside of having only one spring for both sides of the car is that it doesn't react well enough to bumps.This just reminds me of an episode of Top Gear when they went on for a good ten minutes about how the corvette still has leaf spring suspension.
Hmm, I don't know about that. There are race GT-Rs(not JGTC) that used the same type of fender in the past. Check out the Falken R34 GT-R that they used for the Nurburgring 24hr race.You know, inspiration for the Z tune's fenders came from the 350z fenders believe it or not. Try to notice the similarity. I bet you they took the 350z fender and just fitted it onto the R34 by reshaping.
I don't know. The 'pinch' in the GT-R fender does look like the 350Z's fender, but the GT-R's 'pinch' actually sticks out from the original body lines and has a small outlet for hot air in the back. I'm not sure that the Z's fender really serves any purpose like that.I noticed it and asked a few ppl on IM, and they agreed. There's nowhere online that says it, but there is a striking similarity. Since the Falken GT-R has been running with it since 2001, there must be some reasons to it. Can it be then that the aerodynamic design went on the 350z and then back to the GT-R?