Switzer Performance is getting better with every upgrade program it offers for theNissan GT-R . Back in January, the tuner unveiled the GT-R Goliath and now it’s back with an even more amazing upgrade. Switzer is describing its new project as the "most track-focused Nissan GT-R" to date.
The new GT-R ClubSport is based on the previous Switzer-built Ultimate Street Edition from which it gets the engine and turbocharger upgrades. This new package adds in a big-brake package, a track-tuned suspension system, a new aerodynamic body kit and a set of racing seats. Switzer also fitted the ClubSport with more track-oriented Toyo R888 tires and grip-happy carbon-nano brake pads that are specially formulated to reduce fade and improve bite.
The price for the upgrade is $29,900, not including the price of the GT-R, and the standard Switzer Performance Ultimate Street Edition GTR upgrades. The tuning work takes anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks.
Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan ClubSport GT-R by Switzer.
Nissan ClubSport GT-R by Switzer in Detail
Just like with the GT-R Ultimate Street Edition, the new ClubSport version delivers a total of 1,000 horsepower on premium pump gas. The updates are nearly identical and include: Switzer-specific pistons, pins, rings, connecting rods, specially-ground camshafts, reprogrammed ECU, a stainless-steel performance exhaust, front-mounted intercoolers, an upgraded cooling package and a pair of liquid-cooled turbochargers.
And, as this is a track-oriented car, the new ClubSport GT-R also needed a track-oriented suspension and brake system, a new set of wheels and some sticky Toyo R888 rubber.
Gallery Nissan ClubSport GT-R by Switzer
You’re looking at the newest, most track-focused Nissan GTR to roll out of the new, Oberlin, Ohio Switzer Cars factory yet. This is the first of many Switzer ClubSport GTRs. Before we get into what makes the new Switzer ClubSport GTR so special, though, let’s talk about some of the philosophy and history behind the Switzer boys’ latest track weapon.
Switzer’s R35 GTR Nissan tuning program began in 2008 with the first P700 test car. “The whole point of that initial GTR package was to enhance the characteristics that made the R35 a great track car,” explains Tym Switzer. “The goal was a linear power curve, minimal turbo lag, and predictable throttle response. We didn’t want drivers to be caught out mid-corner because they were getting mixed messages from the car.”
The Switzer P700 PKG was a huge hit with early clients who tracked the cars, and demands for more power led to the development of the P800 GTRs, the P800 Track Animals, and, eventually, the ethanol-fueled E900s.
Those cars met with great success at several trackday events, and provided the Switzer crew with the hundreds of hours of data logs and tuning lessons that enabled the company to deliver the world’s first “no excuses” production hypercar – the USE GTR.
With nearly 1000 hp on tap and a reputation for bulletproof reliability, the Switzer Performance Ultimate Street Edition GTR has established itself as the street-legal performance benchmark. Despite the USE’s towering street cred, though, one question gets asked again and again: what’s it like at the track?
“We can never escape that question,” said Tym, laughing at last week’s Switzer trackday meet-up at Mid-Ohio that served as the new ClubSport’s first public showing. “We don’t have it easy, either. Our clients expect more than a quarter-mile time when they talk about ‘the track’. We have to be able to meet and exceed their expectations on the road, at the drag strip, and at places like this.”
The ClubSport GTR combines the Switzer-built Ultimate Street Edition engine and turbocharger upgrades with Switzer’s big brake package, a track biased suspension system, lightweight, downforce-generating bodywork, and lightweight, composite racing seats. The ClubSport is further separated from the standard USE by it’s more track-oriented Toyo R888 tires and a more aggressive carbon-nano brake pad compound that’s specially formulated to reduce fade and improve bite.
The ClubSport components add $29,900 to the price of the “standard” Switzer Performance Ultimate Street Edition GTRs, and can be added to any Switzer GTR with a 3-4 week turnaround. Contact Switzer Performance or your are Switzer Cars dealer for more information.