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R&D on the new Nissan GT-R is in full swing at STILLEN, and just released are the functional urethane GT-R R35 body components, including 2009-11 STILLEN GT-R Front Splitter, 2012-15 STILLEN GT-R Front Splitter and 2009-15 STILLEN GT-R Side Skirts, designed to improve downforce and add unique styling.

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Nissan GT-R with STILLEN R35 Body Components

These pieces are constructed of 100% durable polyurethane, able to withstand the abuse of the racetrack as well as a night out on the town.

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As with all STILLEN urethane components, these also feature a limited lifetime warranty.  See below for additional photos and information. Pricing is available on the STILLEN Product Page.


Quick video of Steve Millen discussing the STILLEN R35 Nissan GT-R Urethane Lip Spoiler being installed. Video shot alongside a Road & Track camera crew for an upcoming feature on the STILLEN GT-R (look for some really cool updates on this soon).


Product information from the STILLEN Product Page:

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Front Lip Spoiler:

Enhancing the aerodynamic performance of such a finely tuned car like the GT-R is no small feat.  When developing the car Nissan did a great job of developing an aero package that works well, but left some room for improvement for the true enthusiast.  One of the most common complaints of GT-R owners is the car has a tendency to “push” when exercised hard on a race course (understeer).  Two ways to fix this condition are through the suspension, or increasing downforce via aerodynamics of the car at higher speeds.  Increasing the aerodynamic downforce keeps the front end of the car planted and therefore improving front grip, reducing the “push” effect.


The STILLEN Urethane Lip Spoiler adds 2″ of length to the OEM fascia, and installs directly onto the vehicle over the factory piece. This lip spoiler is designed to hold additional air onto the nose, with flares on the side corners producing a canard effect for extra control.


Another major benefit of the front lip spoiler is the durability.  Constructed out of high-quality polyurethane, this front spoiler is nearly indestructible and carries a limited lifetime warranty. This means it can stand up to the hazards of the race track or the drive around town with 100% driver/owner confidence.
Also available: 2012-15 STILLEN Nissan GT-R Front Splitter


Side Skirts:

Continuing the aerodynamic stabilization of the GT-R, STILLEN has developed new 2009-15 Nissan GT-R side skirts with a 2 inch ledge built in to apply more downforce to the car.  This design comes from the testing performed on the legendary IMSA Nissan 300ZX, campaigned in the IMSA sports car series at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring.  Tested in the Lockheed Martin wind tunnel, the Nissan engineers found that by enhancing the side ledge on the rocker it applied a incremental amount of downforce at higher speeds thus keeping the car planted and more stable through high speed corners.


Another major benefit of the rockers is the greatly improved appearance.  Offering a much more aggressive look and race proven engineering these rockers are sure to catch attention and compliments.

Just like all STILLEN body work these are manufactured in durable polyurethane, ready for paint, and offer a limited lifetime warranty.  Perfect for daily driving or track days and utilize the factory skirt mounting points to ensure a perfect fit and finish.

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After months of testing and road racing, STILLEN is proud to announce the availability of the first Active Brake Cooling Package made specifically for the R35 Nissan GT-R.

This kit has been shown to reduce rotor temperature on the AP Racing Carbon Ceramic Brake Upgrade by over 200 degrees F, and is also extremely effective for those running standard OEM Iron, or the AP Racing Curved Vane Rotor Upgrades. STILLEN is proud to offer an active brake cooling option for R35 GT-R owners looking to improve track times and lower brake temperatures. These kits are for use with both traditional iron rotors, as well as the STILLEN Carbon Ceramic Matrix Brake Kit.

During the development of the STILLEN GT R Targa rally car Team STILLEN worked very closely with the engineers at AP Racing to develop the first aftermarket Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit in the world. One of the key components of that kit was brake cooling. Carbon Ceramic Brakes have an ideal operating temperature range where they perform at their best. Carbon Ceramic Brakes work well when cold however their true performance shines through during repeated hard, high temperature braking. However, there is a temperature threshold which should not be exceeded. During the development of the kit the engineers at AP Racing asked what we would be doing for brake cooling. We were open to all input from AP and their instructions were to use external fans directing air to the rotors and calipers. They said regardless how hot the air is coming off the engine, it’s a lot cooler than the heat coming off the rotors.

To test the performance of the STILLEN Active Brake Cooling Kit, we went to El Toro Air Force Base with temperature sensors on each rotor and caliper. We performed the tests with the active cooling on one side of the car, and not the other. We performed a series of 140-0 runs as well as laps around our test track. We also put temperature sensor stickers on each caliper that act just like temperature paint for the rotor. As the temperature of the caliper increases it burns off parts of the sticker so we know how hot the caliper is running. After all of the data was collected and analyzed we determined that with this brake cooling kit we successfully reduced rotor temperatures by over 200 degrees.

The STILLEN brake cooling kit is offered as a separate front and rear kit.

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GT-R Front Active Brake Cooling System
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The front brake cooling kit consists of a weather resistant electric fan, mounting brackets, wiring kit and switch, and poly-urethane air diversion splitter.

GT-R Rear Brake Cooling System

The rear cooling kit utilizes polyurethane air scoops which work in conjunction with the factory NACA ducts in the belly pan to route air to the braking system, and also features polyurethane air funnels, accordion tube and all necessary mounting bracketry.

It’s important to note that during our testing we also found that with the VDC off, the rear brake cooling isn’t 100% necessary. Because brakes work better with a bit of heat in them, we prefer to leave the rear brake cooling kit off of the car when Steve Millen drives, because he does not utilize the VDC control system. If you are like 99% of the owner’s of GT-R’s and are not in fact, a professional racing driver, you more than likely utilize the VDC function and therefore, we would suggest the rear brake cooling system.

These kits, while developed to aid in the necessary cooling for the Carbon Ceramic Brake setup, this kit is also extremely effective in lowering caliper/rotor temperatures for both stock iron rotor setups, as well as the AP Racing iron rotor upgrades.

For detailed information on the design and testing of the STILLEN Active Brake Cooling Package, please visit the STILLEN website for much more information.

Got questions or ready to upgrade your brake system? Reach out to STILLEN :
CALL US AT 866-250-5542
Email us at: sales@stillen.com
Or Live Chat at stillen.com

A few months ago STILLEN received the phone call from a Nissan GT-R owner with a simple inquiry…  “Can you turn my GT-R into a track only race-car?  Something I can drive occasionally on the street but it will be primarily a car for track days.”  Well, after a two month build process, numerous track events, and many, many pleased calls from the customer, we are proud to say that we delivered!

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STILLEN Urethane Front Splitter / STILLEN Urethane Side Skirts – Stylish & Aerodynamically Functional
Yokohama Advan F7 20×10 / 20×11 w/Dunlop 660 Tires on KW V3 Coilovers w/ STILLEN Sway Bars


Over a two month time frame, STILLEN transformed a showroom stock R35 Nissan GT-R into an all out track god.  Yet to be beaten at any track event attended, this car has already started to rival the lap times of

Continuing product development on the new Nissan GT-R, STILLEN has produced an upgraded adjustable front and rear sway bar set for the R35 chassis.

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An upgraded sway bar really helps the GT-R keep flat through the corners, and the adjustability in both the front and rear bars allows the driver to fine-tune the suspension to suit driving needs at will.

STILLEN Event Tracking

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Skyline Syndicate Launch Event

March 11, 2017

By Richard Fong

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Ideal car meets are, at best, a fair weather experience. People lose interest quickly at the first sign of precipitation. When clear skies and warm temperatures are the first things to greet you as you walk out the front door, it’s a good bet that a great day and an even greater event await your arrival. This is especially true when the event is focused on the Nissan Skyline GT-R.

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Skyline Syndicate, which started as a group of friends with a passion for all things Skyline, quickly gained momentum and evolved into a brand of its own. On Saturday March 11, a meet to celebrate Skyline Syndicate’s Launch Event took place in the City of Industry, California. With the support of the Purist Group, led by Sean Lee, this social media-promoted event drew import and European enthusiasts of all walks, in addition to the fortunate few that own Skylines.

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Upon arrival, a walk through the parking lot gave attendees plenty to look at, including some gorgeous Supras, NSXs, BMWs and other desirable platforms. But the stars of the events were located close to the warehouse entrance. After passing a few R35 GT-Rs, we came upon a trio of R32 Skyline GT-Rs near the entrance to the warehouse.

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Once inside the warehouse, a few more R32s along with a Stagea lined the walls leading up to the heritage row. Parked side-by-side, a triumvirate of Skylines (an R32, R33 and R34) was staged up on display. Near the loading docks, a NISMO equipped R33 was positioned next to TK Taka’s red Hakosuka.

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Although the event was scheduled to last from 10am to 3pm, the camaraderie, conversations and anecdotes kept some attendees at the event to well past 6pm. As the sun set on the event, the Skyline Syndicate enjoyed a great start to its brand. We can hardly wait for the next event!

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

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The STILLEN License Plate Bracket matches the curves of the GT-R fascia for perfect fitment, and can be installed and removed in minutes.

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With the post made from machined billet aluminum, the unit is strong and fits securely.

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Don’t let your dealership ruin your front fascia by drilling a license plate holder directly into the bumper! Save your front end and be legally compliant displaying a front plate with this bracket.

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For those lucky enough to be in a state which requires a mounted visible front plate, with this bracket, you won’t have to worry about the police using that as an excuse to get a closer look at your Nissan GT-R.

We gave you the heads up earlier this month that we were in development of the STILLEN 2012-15 Urethane Protective Skid Plate for the new 2012 DBA-R35 GT-R’s (we already offer a STILLEN Urethane Protective Skid Plate for 2009-11 Nissan GT-R [R35]), and we’re proud to announce that these have been completed and are now shipping!

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Here’s the product text from the STILLEN website:

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It’s every GT-R owners worst nightmare, scraping the front bumper on anything from driveways, dips, speedbumps, and pulling into that parking spot with the raised curb and making contact.
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This piece is specifically molded to the GT-R’s front bumper, and installs with 3M automotive acrylic foam tape and self-tapping screws to the underside.
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STILLEN has developed a urethane Skid Plate which protects the OEM fascia and paint from scrapes and light bumps. Durable urethane construction ensures no cracking, and doesn’t require painting, although can be color matched if desired.
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As with all STILLEN urethane body components, these are proudly designed and made in the USA at our Costa Mesa, California facility.
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Order your skidplate today, give us a call at 866-250-5542, chat live at STILLEN.com or shoot us an email at sales@stillen.com if you have any questions or concerns.

GTR Brakes

STILLEN Announces CCM-X – The next generation of Carbon-Ceramic Matrix Brakes for the Nissan R35 GT-R

The STILLEN R&D team continues to develop industry-leading performance products with long-standing technical partner AP Racing. Their hard work has resulted in the release of the next generation in Carbon-Ceramic Matrix (CCM-X) brakes for the Nissan GTR. This kit utilizes a new High Thermal Capacity (HTC) process which helps pull the heat from the CCM disc surface deeper into the 3D core to allow the discs to operate cooler through more efficient use of internal venting and air flow.

We have also homologated a new Pagid RSX1 pad material designed specifically for our new CCM-X discs for easier bedding and higher performance, these pads are ideal for use on the street and for track days.

The CCM-X disc assembly hardware has now been updated to include anti-rattle springs that still allow the full benefit of a floating disc, yet eliminates the “noise” associated with this style of disc.

During extreme performance testing at Auto Club Raceway in Fontana, CA, performing back-to-back repetitive testing runs pushing the limits of brake temperatures, the new combination of HTC CCM-X discs and Pagid RSX1 pad material reduced disc temperatures from an average of 1488F to 1346F, that’s 142 degrees cooler than the previous generation CCM. These real-world tests confirmed the results of our brake dyno testing at AP Racings lab in Coventry, England.

Once found only on the world’s most expensive supercars, Carbon-Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes have been developed for the first specifically-tuned aftermarket application – the Nissan R35 GT-R. These 400mm disc assemblies are larger than the standard OE iron discs, yet reduce weight by nearly half. This is rotating and unsprung weight, leading to improvements in all performance categories: acceleration, handling and braking.

After three decades of using carbon-carbon brakes on racing vehicles (even longer on fighter jets), AP Racing CCM discs are the next technological platform. Advancements in materials, process technologies and nanoparticle technology make it possible to use a special carbon fiber precursor along with new, patented process techniques. The unidirectional precursor is needled into a 3-Dimensional, continuous carbon fiber preform. This differs from lower cost technologies that use loose, chopped strand fibers and thin woven face plies bonded on as a friction surface. A true 3D matrix is stronger, more robust and provides longer life than the more brittle alternative. As a comparison, think quality hardwood versus particle board or MDF with a veneer.

Converting the 3D preform to carbon-carbon is done under high heat and pressure via methane cracking during a special carbon vapor infiltration (CVI) process. After initial machine work, a final conversion process results in a full matrix carbon-silicon carbide (CSiC). We call it Carbon-Ceramic Matrix, or CCM for short. The discs are then sent through the final machining, grinding, and balancing. Of course, the CCM discs are now so hard that only special diamond tooling can be used!

Who uses these ultimate CCM discs? The most up-to-date version is found on the Koenigsegg CCX and McLaren MP4-12C. And now – STILLEN and AP Racing have optimized a specific set for your R35 GT-R and its factory brake calipers.

The STILLEN-AP Racing CCM-X brake upgrade kit includes:

  • Front & Rear CCM-X brake disc/hat assemblies
  • Front & Rear Pagid RSX1 street & track use brake pads
  • Caliper spacers
  • Active brake cooling package required by Track Users (Not Shown – Sold separately and can also be used with Iron Rotors)

Note: Due to the dramatic reduction in overall mass, brake temperatures will run higher than the O.E. iron disc system given the same usage. STILLEN strongly recommends using AP Racing PRF brake fluid, one of the best high temperature fluids available. PRF is used in the most demanding Motorsports applications around the world.

Photos from Testing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA:

GT-R doing a fly-by past STILLEN R&D Testing Equipment

GT-R doing a fly-by past STILLEN R&D Testing Equipment

Under the extreme conditions that the Carbon Ceramic kits are tested, rotors can glow bright orange

Under the extreme conditions that the Carbon Ceramic kits are tested, rotors can glow bright orange

STILLEN R&D Logging Equipment

STILLEN R&D Logging Equipment

To get the best results, brake changes from old CCM to the new CCM-X were done at the track so outside conditions wouldn't be a big factor in test results

To get the best results, brake changes from old CCM to the new CCM-X were done at the track so outside conditions wouldn’t be a big factor in test results

CCM Kit Under stock 2012 R35 GT-R wheels

CCM Kit Under stock 2012 R35 GT-R wheels

STILLEN CEO Steve Millen under hard braking past a waypoint cone

STILLEN CEO Steve Millen under hard braking past a waypoint cone

Steve Millen, Kyle Millen and other members of the STILLEN R&D team discussing the difference in brake performance

Steve Millen, Kyle Millen and other members of the STILLEN R&D team discussing the difference in brake performance

Few things stick out in my life as such happy times as ripping open the giant Slot Car box at Christmas with the TYCO logo and the huge “Zero Gravity Cliff Hangers” or “US1 Trucking” emblazoned on the side, shoving aside other gifts and wads of torn and crumpled wrapping paper to clear enough room and take over the living room.

Getting the track set up, plugged in, the hum of the power supply, finally jamming a finger down on the trigger and watching the little car shoot down the track at what seems like 900mph with tiny sparks visible under the chassis, not having a chance in the world at making the turn and spiraling off somehow getting airborne and disappearing in the depths and darkness behind the Christmas tree in the corner.. Controller surprisingly hot in my hand and a curl of smoke coming up through the vents..

For those who hung on to those good times and continued on with Slot Car Racing, no doubt Scalextric is a name you’ve heard of and trust. They specialize in bringing realistic vehicles to the slot car world, and this year they’ve taken on recreating the STILLEN R35 Nissan GT-R in striking detail.

The Nissan GT-R is done in a 1:32 scale, and even be modified just like the real thing, changing anything from tires to gears to swapping motors. Check out the detail in the pictures below:

Steve Millen and STILLEN have a history with Scalextrix, as they also did the STILLEN Ford GT a couple of years back after it competed in the New Zealand Targa:

So if you are a slot car enthusiast, or know of one, this is a perfect Christmas item to add to the vehicle fleet!

Well, the week long Targa rally has come to a close here inNew Zealand.  It was a great week and Steve and Jen did a very good job.  Before arriving for the start of the week we installed larger fuel injectors, a new tune, and some stiffer springs in the shocks.  We figured this would be a fairly natural and reliable progression.  We had no idea what the other GT-R teams had in store!  Tony Quinn arrived with bigger turbos and an engine that had been bored and fitted with larger pistons, 410mm brake rotors and more.  Proctor had a stroker motor with stock turbos as well as larger brake rotors.  Steve said that as Proctor’s GT-R launched off the line he would spin all four wheels.  Dodson’s R35 also came in with heavy modifications and increased horsepower.  Last year, we were all on a similar playing field and ran tight all week.  This year everyone brought the big guns.

Steve and Jen pushed hard all week and were able to bring the car home with a fourth place finish.  The event winner, Tony Quinn in his R35, won the event for his fourth time.  Glenn Inkster in his high horsepower Mitsubishi Evo 6 came home in second place just a few seconds behind Quinn despite having a couple of offs and having to take a tire penalty.  Glenn Smith rounded out the top 3 in his 600+ horsepower Mitsubishi Evo X which looked like it had just come out of a video game!

Steve was pushing hard the last day of competition and had a bit of an off.  He was able to carry on with the stage and never actually stopped moving.  We don’t think he lost more than a few seconds after it was all said and done.

These Targa rallies are a great way to test as well as develop new products.  This year we brought down a few new STILLEN products like adjustable camber arms and some other performance components as well as the new generation Dunlop Sport Maxx tires.  These Targa events are run on roads that would normally be open to the public so you can really see how the parts are going to perform in all conditions in the real world.  The new Dunlop tires are an amazing tire and proved to work well all week long.  In an event like the Targa where you only get 8 tires to last the week it’s important that your tires will offer supreme grip without wearing too quickly.  The Dunlop Sport Maxx tires worked great in the wet and dry conditions all week long!

The 2011 Targa New Zealand rally ran the way these rallies are supposed to be run.  There were hot days, there were rainy days, and all in all it was a lot of fun!  Steve and Jen did a great job and really fought hard for a top five finish!  On the drive North after the rally was over we had already started planning for next year and coming with ways to improve the car to make it even more competitive for next year!  We have some pretty wild ideas forming and we’re excited to show you all what we come up with!

Check out the video below for a taste of the action, and more photos below!

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All 2011 Targa New Zealand Coverage

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