When you build the 3,000-hp Nissan GT-R drag car, you are out to take some names. ...
When you build the 3,000-hp Nissan GT-R drag car, you are out to take some names. The folks at the Extreme Turbo Systems last trotted out their demonic project at the July showdown in Colorado, walking away with the record 255 mph standing half-mile run.
This weekend, they showed up at the drag strip in Oregon and captured another prize—the 6.88 second quarter-mile blast at the astonishing 222 mph, both of which are world records.
Just for the some perspective, that means the ETS GT-R is faster from 0 to 222 mph than most crossovers and economy vehicles are from 0-60.
That kind of neck-breaking power is a result of years of development plus the arms race with rival tuning shop AMS Performance, whose own 2,500+ hp Nissan GT-R build previously claimed the AWD quarter-mile record back in the March. Clearly, ETS couldn’t let that stand.
The video below from That Racing Channel on YouTube shows the team make three runs, beginning with the lower power pass to check the traction levels (which still produced the 7.29 second/187 mph result).
They crank a boost up higher than ever before for a second pass, leading to the record 6.91 second/195 mph run—and the true code brown moment when the tires break loose in the fourth gear and the GT-R kicks sideways.
Driver Lucas English, who is a real unheralded star of all this, manages to reel it back in with inches to spare with the little help from the drag chute.
Since it is the cool, damp morning, the ETS crew opts not to dial back a power and instead wait for the clouds to break and a sun to warm up the track surface.
When it does, they are finally able to put it all together and lay down the indisputable 6.88 second/222 mph world record quarter-mile run.
At a current rate of progress, the AMS-ETR war should produce the 5-second Nissan GT-R sometime next year. We will be waiting.
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