A lot of people can become too solely infatuated with a car that produces 1,000 horsepower. But through all of this, it’s also important to understand that if a car packs that much power under its hood, certain compromises have to be made to ensure that it can deliver the kind of power it’s been given.
That’s why it’s no surprise that a lot of these 1,000-horsepower super cars are best left to be ridden on a race track than on an actual road.
Noted Nissan GT-R tuner Switzer Performance already has one of these models in its GT-R line-up - the R1K package - but now, the Oberlin, Ohio-based company has prepared a new program for Godzilla that comes packed with 1,000 ponies. It is also capable of being used as an everyday car. That’s right, you can have your cake and eat it too.
The vehicle is called the Ultimate Street Edition, and it’s without question, one of the meanest and road-friendly, 1,000-horsepower GT-R’s you can get.
In order to achieve that output while retaining its road capabilities, Switzer fitted the GT-R with a plethora of modifications, none more so than to the Japanese sports car’s VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is now capable of producing 1,000 horsepower on premium pump-gas. To gain all that horsepower, Switzer went to work on fitting the GT-R with Switzer-specific pistons, pins, rings, connecting rods, and specially-ground camshafts. The tuning firm also reprogrammed the ECU and added a stainless-steel performance exhaust, front mounted intercoolers, an upgraded cooling package, and a pair of liquid-cooled turbochargers that come with billet compressor wheels.
’Nano carbon’ brake pads are also being offered, as are Switzer’s lowering springs, a modified version of the car’s launch control set-up and, last but not least, a new set of lightweight alloy wheels.
"For people who want a 1000+ horsepower car that they can drive comfortably every day, to the track or the office or the grocery store, on the highway or in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we’ve built this car," says Tym Switzer, owner and founder of Switzer.
UPDATE 09/11/12: DRIVE’s Matt Farah knows a thing or two fast cars so when he was given an opportunity to get behind the wheel of Switzer’s Nissan GT-R Ultima te Street Edition, he wasted little time jumping at the opportunity. Check out what Farah has to say about the 1,000-horsepower Godzilla after the jump!
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Matt Farah Drives the Nissan GT-R