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Delving into the World of TopSecret: Crafting a Visionary Design for the R35 GT-R MY24

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TEXT: GT-R Magazine  PHOTO: 大西 靖(ONISHI Yasushi)

  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling
  • R35 GT-R demo car equipped with TopSecret's M24 full bumper kit that can transform the car into a powerful styling

The power of the 2024 model “Nismo” has been incorporated

“TOPSECRET” is a long-established tuning shop that can be said to have walked alongside successive generations of Nissan GT-Rs. The R35 model also introduced a demo car right after its debut and has been pursuing its potential. We take a closer look at the appeal of the new front bumper, which was designed for the 2024 Nismo model.

Lower and wider! A tour de force full of attention to detail

The TopSecret brand is immensely popular not only in Japan but also overseas. It is a long-established tuning shop headed by Kazuhiko Nagata, nicknamed “Smokey”.

The GT-R has been introduced as a demo car since the R32, and many specifications have been proposed up to the current R35. The gold body color is so recognizable that the shop’s demo cars can be identified at a glance.

The newest addition to the line-up is the M24 Full Bumper Kit for the R35 GT-R. As the name suggests, the design incorporates the taste of the more aggressive 2024 model (hereafter referred to as MY24) GT-R Nismo. Representative Nagata said.

“We have been experimenting with aero designs for the R35, such as making the front end long-nosed to lower the ride height and make it look cool, etc. When the MY24 was introduced, I honestly thought it looked cool. The design, with the color split at the top and bottom, doesn’t make the car look taller. It has a sense of weight and looks calm. We wanted to arrange and develop this design to make it even cooler.”

Till now, they have released three types of front bumpers for the R35, and this new “M24” is the fourth.

“We still want to make it look low. That’s why we changed the position of the daylight, lowering it to the very edge of passing vehicle inspections, and enlarged the fins. We also made other arrangements, such as enlarging the canards, but if we touched too many things, it would look bad, so we designed it with care.”

Thorough pursuit of aerodynamic performance and other features as well as powerful styling

Although the new front bumper must be fitted as a set with the company’s front wings, it can be fitted to both early models and the latest MY24 Nismo. This is also the reason why Mr Nagata wants to give the latest taste to the early models.

The fang-like ribs on both sides of the grille and the canard shape around the daylight are all sculpted in a way that shows that the MY24 atmosphere has been incorporated. Looking at this alone, some people might mistake it for a genuine MY24 for a moment. The ribs on both sides of the grille and the canard shape around the daylight are all sculpted in a way that shows it has the MY24 feel.

“I thought the aero of the MY24 standard car was …… without any modifications, but the moment I saw the Nismo, I knew I wanted to make it even cooler. The feeling is that the basic base is cool, so I had to change it a bit to my liking. If I thought it wasn’t cool enough, I would change everything in a flash.”

Representative Nagata says. However, it’s not just about looks. The cooling performance has of course been improved, and of course aerodynamic performance has been provided to ensure stable running even at speeds in excess of 300 km/h. The car also has the ability to withstand intense downforce. It is also a stone’s throw from the know-how that Nagata has acquired in many areas, such as the use of carbon mounting parts to withstand the intense downforce.

“We have worked very hard to create this new aero kit for the R35 GT-R, as we believe it is the culmination of all our aero work!”

The M24 Full Bumper Kit, Representative Nagata’s best work to date, is available in two types: carbon and FRP. Why not incorporate the powerful front mask of the MY24 Nismo into your R35 GT-R?

translated by DeepL

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