|Extra slots for cooling? I'll call it da Smurf.|
Originally, the second generation of the GT-R was scheduled to arrive in 2015. Part of the reason for the delay is that the chief engineer and product specialist of the GT-R, Kazutoshi Mizuno had left the company. We now know that Mizuno took a leave of absence because of health problems, but has since returned to the company. He is again at the helm of the GT-R's development team, and was involved with the GT-R's recent class-winning effort at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
We have the Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GT-R Black Edition, Ford Shelby GT500, McLaren MP4-12C, Jaguar XKR-S, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Subaru BRZ, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 -- all gathered together on an abandoned airstrip at El Toro Marine Base to find out which car is the fastest. Obviously these nine competitors display a wide range of power and performance, not to mention price tags. So why are we lining them all up again for one gigantic, over-the-top drag race? It's simple... Because We Can!
|Red Katana Nissan GT-R : 8.97@163mph|
Its owner calls it “the Red Katana”, and it’s one of the first R1KX model Switzer GTRs to hit the drag strip Last weekend at Norwalk, Ohio’s Summit Motorsports Park, the freshly-completed “Katana” ran an 8.97 1/4 mile at over 163 miles per hour … and that, dear friends, is quick!The short story on this car is that it’s a fully-customized GTR, featuring a quilted leather-lined interior that’s been decked out in high-quality carbon fiber and alcantara, making the inside of this GTR as nice a place to be as any Porsche or Ferrari. : all those high-end luxury bits actually ADD weight to the car, and this particular GTR weighed in almost exactly 300 lbs. heavier than it was in factory trim.
|Nissan Juke R|
The 2012 competition marks the third Best Driver's Car appearance for the Nissan GT-R. In each of its two prior appearances, Godzilla came up just short and has two silver medals on its mantel.Check out the video introduction for the 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition below.
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“Try to think of the Nismo brand as an affordable alternative to Mercedes’ AMG division,” Palmer exclusively told us. “Normal Nismo versions will get a power hike of around 15 per cent, but the focus will be more on distinctive styling with the red highlights. We’ll also tune the suspension and steering, so customers can get more out of the power they have.”
|Nismo GT3 Nissan GT-R|
Palmer also hinted that the GT-R and 370Z would get the RS treatment, but we’d have to wait until the next-generation 370Z appears in 2014 for that.Palmer says to expect the RS versions to be much more track focused, with the Juke-R referenced as a starting point. The Juke-R is a pretty radical vehicle, so its not something I would expect to be a starting point. Perhaps he meant the NISMO Juke as a starting point ?
Wallace Spearmon is confident he can beat Usain Bolt in a race. Of course, he is talking about an auto race."We both have the same car, a Nissan GTR," Spearmon said after Tuesday's 200-meter heats. "I kind of told Bolt about it and he went out and bought one and now he has a sponsorship deal with them. Lord knows what will happen to his car after a while, but my car is faster right now."Will Spearmon get a Nissan sponsorship deal, too? "I highly doubt it," he said. "Unless I win a gold ... and break some records."Or beat Bolt. The odds are against Spearmon, but the American sprinter said he likes his chances out of the car and on the track. "I just feel good. I feel confident. ... It should be interesting."
We designed the Alpha GT-R Race Intercooler to be the best-performing, most efficient GT-R intercooler on the market. It certainly had to be in order to meet the requirements of our stable of World Record setting, 8 second Alpha GT-R's! If your GT-R produces in excess of 900 horsepower or if you drive in a hot weather climate, the Alpha GT-R Race Intercooler is your best option for producing power safely and efficiently. After testing, re-testing and a host of refinements, this race-proven design is perfected and now available for your Nissan GT-R.
Exclusive BenefitsProvides 92.5% more air volume than stockThick 4.5” deep coreVertical flow and twice the fin density than most aftermarket cores for superior cooling3” billet CNC inlet and outlet ports for improved strength and air flowDurable 4-ply silicone couplers and Murray Turbo Seal Clamps to withstand extreme pressureShroud and bridge plates to channel air into the intercoolerFits without trimming factory crash beam and bumper coverPressure tested to 50psiHigh quality aluminum TIG-welded constructionAvailable with or without AMS logoKit IncludesFront Mount Intercooler4-Ply silicone couplersMurray Turbo Seal hose clampsShroud and bridge platesMounting bracketsFasteners and mounting hardwareHorn relocation bracketsSpecification22”x14”x4.5” core dimensionCast & sheet metal aluminumFits without trimming factory crash beam and bumper coverRequires minimal trimming of plastic OEM shroudWorks with Alpha GT-R piping or any aftermarket 3" intercooler piping following stock routingApplications2009 and newer Nissan R35 GT-R900+ horsepower GT-RsHot climates
Contact:Switzer PerformanceOberlin, OH – 09AUG2012 – Switzer's P600 is the Super-GTR Nissan Could Have BuiltSince introducing the car to the US as a 2009 model, Nissan has been steadily improving the R35 GTR in a number of ways - which is a good thing, considering they've raised the car's base price from $76840 to $96820 over the last 4 (four) years! That's a 25% jump in price, for those of you without calculators handy. Does the $20,000 jump in price make the GTR an also-ran in the budget supercar game? "Hardly," answers Tym Switzer, of Switzer Performance, "the GTR, even over 90K, is still an incredibly fast and well-balanced platform. For a hundred-thousand dollars, though, a lot of people seem to think it's missing something." That "something" can usually be summed up in one word: more."It's not just about more power," continues Tym, "it's more in general. More sound. More handling. Just more fun, really. The ride on the run flat tires is really harsh, and they're heavy, so the car has much higher unsprung weight than it needs to have. That sort of thing makes the car feel even heavier than it is from behind the wheel, and that's not fun." To help his customers get that little bit "more" that they're looking for from their GTR, Tym and his Ohio-based crew have built a number of 800-1000 hp street cars and even more powerful dragsters, but Tym is the first to admit "that kind of power and performance isn't for everyone."There was demand, though. Demand from customers who'd just bought their GTRs and felt like it was almost perfect ... but not quite. What was there to do for them?Tym's answer is the car you see here. It's a 600 hp pump-gas conversion that improves the look, feel, and sound of the factory R35 by combining Switzer's free-breathing SS90 stainless-steel exhaust system and lightweight forged aluminum wheels with the company's high-flow drop-in filters and trick engine and transmission software to create a GTR that goes faster, corners better, rides more smoothly, and (to paraphrase a bit, in the name of professionalism) "sounds flipping awesome!"With over 50 more hp and nearly 100 lb-ft of torque over the factory GTR, Switzer's P600 models blast to 60 in about 2.6 seconds, and is more than 2.5 seconds quicker than the stock car from 60-130 mph. That's a 0.12g increase in linear acceleration across that 60-130 pull - about 24 lbs. on a 200 lb. man - for a difference that can truly be FELT as well as measured!"This is really only our second 'complete' model for the street," continues Tym, "after the Ultimate Street Edition. It follows the same principles as that car, in that it was built to be driven every day. It doesn't burn more oil or much more gas than the factory car. It idles smoothly, it maintains the factory cats, and because we've kept the turbos within the manufacturer's temperature and rpm ratings, there is no question of reliability down the road."Switzer stands behind those claims of reliability with a 2 year warranty on the P600 - the same as that on an Ultimate Street Edition, which features the same Switzer suspension and brake upgrades as the P600 shown here. "This P600 is really a great value," says Tym. "For some people, it'll be more than enough on its own, but for other customers it'll just be a first step towards building an Ultimate Street Edition. Either way, this is a car that really stands on its own as the sort of supercar GTR that I'm sure the Nissan guys would have liked to have built before the lawyers told them to slow things down."Switzer's P600 PKG, as shown here, adds $15990 to the sticker price on the Premium 2013 GTRs, making the finished, 600 hp street beast a real option for someone looking for a "special" GTR that's a little more unique than the factory's "Black Edition". For availability and scheduling information, contact Switzer Performance in Oberlin, Ohio.
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