So as I hinted in my last post, the remaining stuff I had done at Nismo Omori Factory involved carbon fiber. And of course, being Nismo carbon fiber, not inexpensive.
But long time readers know me, I try to keep all of my mods functional first, with bling a distant secondary issue, although my OCD compels me to, for example, try to match up the carbon fiber weave on all the carbon parts I've added to my car.
Anyway - the first bit of carbon began when a certain someone from the UK had Trust Kikaku send over this:
Which I promptly installed on the front.
But for the rear due to the official non-removable metal cap on the license plate I gave up trying to install the Nismo carbon fiber license plate frame and bought a cheap one I found on Amazon which I installed, with very limited success. Basically it was held on by one screw, and some double stick tape. Not ideal...
So I was thrilled when the guys at Nismo sent me this photo:
Of course, I am not going to ask how it was done. But as an OEM tuning shop, I am sure they have their official connections. And the thinner frame, with the three dimensional shape, looks awesome!
But all of this is minor compared to the next two items. First, behold this:
So I had these removed, and replaced with the Carbon Air Inlet Pipe set from the Nismo catalog:
Now I know what you are thinking. Why? Aki just said he wasn't into bling... well right. It turns out that Nismo engineers realized that the aluminum air inlet pipes allowed engine heat to be transmitted to the air flowing into the turbos, while carbon fiber, coated with a heat resistant resin, would do a better job of insulating the air from engine heat and therefore, cooler air would consistently flow into the turbos. Therefore, there is a technical reason to swap out to carbon fiber piping. Especially in the case of a non-vented hood/bonnet, heat is the enemy, right? Makes sense and if I can't tell the difference during spirited driving, then I will pretend to notice an improvement. Because bling.
Have to admit, it might LOOK better than this...
The last piece is the following - which is not in the catalog BUT IS available for sale, apparently:
Yep - this is the air inlet that was developed for and installed on the Nismo R33 GT-R Clubman Race Spec car! You see, when using the aluminum air inlet pipes, you can continue to use the OEM snorkel, albeit Nismo claim it loses some effectiveness because it becomes more restrictive as you are forced to melt the underside where it otherwise comes into contact with the aluminum pipes, in order to make it fit snugly in the OEM position...
|Underside of my OEM snorkel, melted and actually flattened in 2 places
However, upon installation of the carbon air inlet pipes, the concern is that it is possible that the ABS plastic OEM snorkel might rub against and scratch the carbon piping (you can polish out aluminum, but not carbon...):
|This section rubs against each other. Maybe I can melt the snorkel more? Does it mean the carbon pipes have a wider diameter than the aluminum ones? Something to verify.
More importantly, Nismo engineers wanted to explore whether there was a way to get more air into the air box. They claim that this new design consistently delivers more air into the airbox, at any speed.
|Carbon vs ABS plastic - but shape is same to where it attaches to the airbox.
Anyway, I've decided to try this set up for a while, and see how it works out. Ideally, a dry carbon, OEM snorkel set up with sufficient clearance to the CFRP air inlet pipes would be the best I think. Especially if I could tie it into a cold air intake system like I had developed a long time ago.
Finally, a video of someone who I know can drive properly, moving my car from its place of glory next to the Nismo R33 GT-R CRS to the exit.
So is that it for a while for work at Nismo? The car may now be outwardly cosmetically in good shape, but as indicated in my previous post there are a few more minor items I need to fix up. And because Omori Factory is actually geographically the closest Nissan OEM repair facility, I will be back...when they let me...
|Bonus - did any of you sharp eyed readers spot this new sticker? The only visual proof that I've spent alot of money with them...