STILLEN is announcing plans to compete in the 2009 Targa Newfoundland Competition Tarmac Rally being held from September 12-19, 2009. This is a 6-day 1,400 mile paved road rally through the winding roads of Newfoundland.
With Targa Newfoundland fast approaching, STILLEN has begun preparation on the 2009 Nissan R35 GT-R rally car. For the past 7 years Steve Millen has made the annual trip to New Zealand to compete in the Dunlop Targa Rally with a Ford vehicle.
2009 marks the first time in 14 years that Steve Millen and Nissan will head back to the races together. With multiple world championships, race wins, and world records together this will be a tough team to beat.
The car is being prepared at here at STILLEN in Costa Mesa, CA. To prepare for the rally we have a long list of modifications to make. Some of these modifications are to be kept top secret, others are very exciting and we just can’t contain ourselves. Some of the modifications will be:
Lightening – We will be removing as much weight as possible from the car. This will include, lighter racing seats, light weight dry carbon fiber body panels, and more.
Performance – With a long list of performance parts including but not limited to performance exhaust, intercoolers, tuning, and more we hope to gain A LOT more power from this already impressive car.
Braking – This one is kind of top secret but still noteworthy. Let’s just say that AP Racing and STILLEN are working on something very special that will blow a lot of people away.
Suspension – The corners of the car will be shrouded in secrecy but we have plans for shock upgrades as well as adjustable sway bars.
Follow along the build as Team STILLEN develops their Nissan GT-R in to a full fledged tarmac rally race car.
EDIT: Work has begun to gut the R35 GT-R – See here for photos and info