There are certain names in the racing world that are inextricably attached to specific cars and automakers. Shelby and the Mustang. Roush and Ford. Fellows and Corvette. For Nissan, that name is IMSA racing legend Steve Millen. Most notable in Millen’s racing resume are two IMSA GT Driver’s Championships in ’92 and ’94. Drawing upon this background racing Nissans, his company is now producing a number of aftermarket parts for the Nissan’s newest racing muse, the GT-R. Don’t worry. Unlike many of the myriad other products that have cropped up for the beast that is the GT-R, these don’t suck.
A background in racing can not be underestimated when providing quality aftermarket parts. It’s the difference between a car LOOKING fast and BEING fast. And in the end, if it doesn’t make the car better, what’s the point? Not that the Nissan GT-R needed much help to begin with. Nissan didn’t skimp on the performance to begin with, but nevertheless STILLEN has focused on a few areas in which to squeeze out a little bit more. The most obvious addition are urethane body components that are not just for show, (I real pet peeve of ours), but are functional. The front lip spoiler ($489) adds 2 inches to factory fascia improves the already aerodynamic performance of the GT-R by help to correct the cars under-steer in hard corning by increasing down-force. This increased power on the front end helps improve handling and give GT-R owners even more motivation to keep their right foot planted. Those worried about the lip’s ability to withstand debris and the occasional scrape need not be concerned. STILLEN provides a limited lifetime warranty and maintains that it is virtually indestructible.
This theme is carried to the side of the car with 2 inch side skirts ($740/pair), again to help with down-force at higher speeds. The added aesthetic benefit is just icing on the cake.
Even more important than adding speed, is adding stopping power. An issue address with STILLEN’s Nissan GT-R R35 AP Racing Brake Rotor Upgrade. Mounted directly onto the OE brake hats, these discs have been tested at Nürburgring, and are meant to last much longer, while being cheaper, than standard factory replacements. The brake upgrades cost about $1169.75 for the front pair and $1169.75 for the rear.
Lastly, STILLEN has developed an exhaust system that offers increased performance. By eliminating the factory catalytic converters, STILLEN has successfully improved flow, creating power gains as well as dramatically improving sound. Constructed out of 304 stainless steel, the rear exhaust components are polished five times to ensure a brilliant finish to make sure it looks as good as it works. The exhaust is TIG welded by hand and left with the weld characteristics to effectively communicate the racing performance of the car. This exhaust comes with a lifetime warranty and costs $2,475. The stainless secondary cat delete Y-pipe is an additional $768.25.
What’s a mere few thousand dollars when you drive Japan’s King of the Road?