Monthly Archives: November 2008

We are proud to announce the release of our License Plate Bracket for the R35 GT-R. This utilizes the 24mm tow hook at the front of the vehicle, accessible via the existing tow hook opening.

Nissan GT-R License Plate Bracket

The License Plate Bracket matches the curves of the GT-R fascia for perfect fitment, and can be installed and removed in minutes.  With the post made from machined billet aluminum, the unit is strong and fits securely.

STILLEN GT-R License Plate Bracket

Don’t let your dealership ruin your front fascia by drilling a license plate holder directly into the bumper, and for those lucky enough to be in a state which requires a mounted visable front plate, you won’t have to worry about the police using that as an excuse to get a closer look at your GT-R.

First, we’d like to thank all those who came out to STILLEN on 11/18 to see the new 2009 Nissan 370Z.  The car definitely got a workout with everyone climbing in, out and all over checking everything out and pushing every button.

2009 2010 Nissan 370Z at STILLEN Debut

Special thanks also goes to Nissan for making this vehicle available to us before the LA Auto Show this weekend. Below is some of the photos from the day, as well as some quick videos of the car.

And for those of you who asked (almost all).. the “weird black thing” in the center of the rear valance is the spot for the mandatory European fog light, but isn’t necessary for the U.S. so it’s simply blacked out.

EDIT:  Here are some interesting spec sheets and 350Z vs. 370Z comparison numbers we created for the mini-event.


Video: Walking around the 370Z

 


Video: Interior of the 370Z

 


Video:  Engine bay of the 370Z 3.7L

 



EDIT: Newly released STILLEN 370Z Exhaust SystemClick here for Video!

Also newly released STILLEN Gen 3 Intake SystemClick Here for Info!

Well, the rally has been over for about a week and a half now.  I have returned home from the 2008 SEMA show and I have finally been able to sit down and breathe a little bit.  I’ve watched the videos that you will soon be seeing.  I have sorted through all of the pictures which will be making their way on to the blogs soon.  And, most importantly, I have thought about the week’s event.

Targa New Zealand 2008 Ford GT STILLEN

As I reminisce about my time on the rally a few thoughts cross my mind. First, New Zealand is the most beautiful country in the world. With everything from crystal clear ocean waters, to clouds lazily floating through the sky above lush green hill sides and farmlands. There is no place in the world like it. You could fill thousands of rolls of film, hundreds of memory cards, and dozens of photo albums and you will never be able to capture the true beauty of the country.


Another fond memory that comes to mind is the people. During the rally we meet a lot of people. From young kids who can’t stop smiling when they see the GT to the good ole boys sitting on their porches as they smile and wave like school children when we rumble by, and especially the competitors. I have been to many different forms of motor racing in my life and I have never seen such a friendly environment. One of my favorite aspects of the rally has to be talking with other drivers. Many times we found that the stages were a little delayed and the teams of volunteers (great groups of people in their own right) haven’t been able to funnel all of the cars through yet. So, we jump out of the car, have a little chat, talk a little B.S. and meet new people. Prior to one stage the owner of a 3 rotor RX7 actually took the time to open the hood on his car and tell me all about his race car. New Zealand is home to the most car crazy people in the world, and some of the most friendly and hospitable people I have ever met.

As much as I love the country, the people, and the overall atmosphere, at the end of the day/week we were in a rally and nothing can beat that.  No experience in life can compare to flying through closed roads with a fire breathing 700 horsepower engine screaming right behind you, propelling you into the unknown.  One thing to keep in mind is that we don’t know these roads that we race on.  Sure, some of the roads are repeats from previous years but good luck trying to remember every part of it.  All you can do is put your faith in your driver and do your best to provide him or her with the information they need to get you both home safely, while still pushing hard for the win.  Then of course there is always the unknown.  What lies behind this left hand turn?  A cliff?  A car?  Maybe the roads have washed out?  Or worse yet, maybe there’s gravel strewn across the road?  The unknown is one of the most exhilarating aspects of the rally.

Steve Millen Kyle Millen Targa Rally

 

I am extremely fortunate.  This year, I was able to do the rally with a man that is not only one of the greatest race car drivers… A man that has won numerous championships all around the world in many different forms of motorsport.  I was able to do the rally with my Dad.  Every son looks at their Dad as the “benchmark.”  How can you be better, faster, stronger, bigger… Whether it be a game of basketball, golf, hockey, or racing, every son thinks “I can’t wait til I can beat the old man!”  Well, after spending some time with my Dad in his element, I am pretty comfortable just learning, and seeing what I can pick up from him.  The videos you will soon see are very exciting, but they don’t show the whole story.  When we prepared the GT for the 2008 Targa we added an AP Racing rear big brake kit that moved the braking bias 2% to the rear of the car from the factory settings.  2% is pretty small and easily controllable and under normal even extreme conditions would not cause the car to spin or lose control.  Well, Steve Millen is a little different than most people.

About half way through the second day I started noticing that we were pushing harder, we were coming into corners a lot harder and faster and if the corner tightened up, the back end of the car seemed to quickly and abruptly turn in.  I started thinking about how or why that would happen.  Then I remembered the rear brakes were so much bigger.  In the middle of the stage I asked “Are you using the brakes to turn the back of the car?  Are you coming into these corners so hot that we’re just pushing through, then you brake a little harder to use the back brakes to turn the back of the car?”  In the most matter of fact way you could imagine I heard “Yep, these rear brakes and tires are really helping the back end.”  I was blown away.  In the few split seconds that we have in these corners he was actually able to figure out how to use the rear brakes to turn the back of the car without using too much pressure and spinning the car.  Rear braking is pretty common in forms of motorsport like rally racing or drifting but the main difference is that most of those cars are equipped to use the handbrake for the rear brakes… He never touched the handbrake!  All of his pressure application was done through the factory pedals that come in the car.

I know this blog post was extremely long and wordy but I can never fully explain the week I had in New Zealand.  The only way I can think to share my experience is to invite you down and live it for yourself.  The New Zealand Targa Rally is an unbelievable, unforgettable experience that every car guy should experience.  I can’t wait to see what Targa Newfoundland has in store for us.

The original posts from New Zealand as the event was taking place can be found here:

 

We had a blast working with GM this year with their 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab pickup.  We wanted to do something striking for their booth, as we had heard outside of some Hummers, this would be the only pickup present for 2008. The final result is below:

STILLEN Silverado at SEMA

Look for a complete outline of the build to come soon, for now here are some photos from the GM Booth at SEMA, and the final build sheet.

2008 Chevy Silverado Complete Build Sheet:

Exterior

Performance

Suspension

Braking

Wheels/Tires

Interior

Make sure you check out the other two vehicles we built for 2008 SEMA!

STILLEN manufactures a wide variety of premium quality Silverado aftermarket parts.

 

STILLEN invites you to see and touch the new 2010 Nissan 370Z before anyone else, including the LA Auto Show, right here at the STILLEN facility in Costa Mesa!

2010 Nissan 370Z

EDIT 11/19/08:  Pictures and Video of the 370Z are up as well.. CLICK HERE

On Tuesday, November 18th from 12:00pm until 4:00pm, Nissan is bringing down the new 370Z for us to host a preview for our customers, and we invite you to come out and join us.

This is a unique opportunity to be one of the first to see a production-ready 370Z in person!

STILLEN
2010 Nissan 370Z Debut
11/18 – 12-4pm
3176 Airway Avenue
Costa Mesa, California 92626
714-540-5566

STILLEN Map

For this years SEMA Show, we were asked by Infiniti to build a G37 Coupe to take to their booth at SEMA, and we jumped on board.  This year Infiniti had their own area at SEMA, and we were proud to bring a shining example of their flagship coupe for display.

STILLEN G37 Coupe at SEMA

We quickly got the 2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe into the urethane modeling shop and developed the Lip Spoiler for use with the Sport Model front fascia.  As always, components are build our of durable urethane, for OEM fitment and quality.

From there we worked on a rendering, including a 3-tone paint scheme utilizing some BASF R-M Carizzma paint to create a charcoal top with a red stripe on the factory silver paint.

While in the modeling shop we also created our signature Roof Wing, as well as a rear deck wing that covers the chrome strip and follows the contours of the vehicle.

Combined with the suspension goodies reknown from the R&D department at STILLEN, and some new performance items just released (like the STILLEN Generation 3 Ultra Long Tube Intake Kit), not only does this G37 Coupe look good, but it’s ready to hit the track.  Build sheet and products list below.  Look for more photos and studio shots soon.

2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe Complete Build Sheet:

Exterior

Performance

Suspension

Brakes

Interior

Here is more information on the other two new vehicles we brought to this years SEMA Show:

After wrapping up the final details with the STILLEN 2009 Maxima we showed you earlier, we hustled it onto a transporter last week for delivery to Las Vegas and the 2008 SEMA Show (click HERE for Autoblog’s coverage of the show).

STILLEN 2009 Maxima at SEMA

The Maxima is the featured vehicle of the Nissan booth (besides the unique Nissan Z Highboy with a Nissan powerplant installed).  A list of products installed on this Maxima are available HERE. Below is some photos from the booth.  Look for more photos and studio shots soon.


Here is more information on the other two new vehicles we brought to this years SEMA Show:

Well, the rally is over and I’m exhausted…It has been a VERY long week. We are extremely excited with how the week went. The car performed relatively flawlessly. If it weren’t for the rear suspension issues the only service performed to the car would have been fuel, brake pads, oil change, a new set of spark plugs, and two new rear tires. Even then the only reason we put the tires on was because of the rain.

STILLEN Ford GT Targa Rally

Otherwise we could have left the Michelins on for the entire week and they would have been fine. They are an incredible tire.

We are proud to announce that we won many awards. Even though I had to hand over my seat as co-driver I was able to complete over 50% of the stages before getting out of the car. Which earned Dad and I the first father and son team. We also won first V8, and first Ford. Dad is pretty sure that we came in first in our class and we know that we came 8th overall.

If a few little things hadn’t happened we are confident that we would have had a top 5 finish. But, that’s racing and you just have to roll with it. At the end of the week we are very proud of our results and our entire team’s performance.

I am really tired so I’m going to keep this entry short but I will be writing a complete wrap-up of the week’s events soon.

Thanks!

Kyle

 

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