Chicago-Based Delivery Driver Crosses One Million Miles In His 2007 Nissan Frontier
The million-mile man is all the rage right now. Unless you live under a rock, you would’ve read that a Chicago-based courier named Brian Murphy clocked over a million miles in his 2007 Nissan Frontier. Yes, a million miles! And the truck is still running well. Interestingly, this is the base-spec trim and a manual, too. Congratulations to Mr. Brian Murphy for making it to the elite club that has very few members all across the globe.
With the automotive market being so competitive these days, manufacturers are bending over backward to do everything they can to generate just a little bit of extra consumer interest in the vehicles they produce. One prime example of this is pushing to break or set various records. And, I’m not just talking about speed records for production cars either – for the record, that’s still held by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport at 258 mph – but other weird records too. Just recently, a new record for the first “blind” J-turn was set by stuntman Paul Swift in a Nissan Juke.
So what’s a “blind” J-turn? Well, that’s a J-turn that takes place using only the onboard camera for a line of site. All windows were completely blacked out, leaving Swift with only the small infotainment display to see where he was going. He managed to execute a complete J-turn in between two lines that were just 18 cm wider than the length of the Juke itself. Of course, it didn’t happen on the first try, but he did eventually pull it off.
When speaking of the maneuver, Swift said, "Looking at the 360-degree view on the dashboard screen – rather than over my shoulder through the rear window – was strange at first, but I quickly adjusted. The AVM cameras gave me a clear view of the track, so I was confident of staying within the lines."
The stunt took place at Nissan’s Manufacturing plant in Sunderland. And, for the record, this isn’t the only record now held by the Juke. It also holds the record for the fastest mile on two wheels. Nissan seems to think that the completion of this stunt is a demonstration of its brand promise (innovation that excites,) but what do you think? Is it cool or just another way to advertise the funky little Juke?
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Nissan GT-R Sets World Record For Fastest Drift
The Nissan GT-R is nearly 10 years old as of 2016, but that didn’t stop it from setting a new world record. The Japanese brand has just announced that the GT-R has set the Guinness World Record for the fastest ever drift. The new benchmark was achieved with a speed of 304.96 km/h (189.5 mph) and a 30-degree angle, using a specially-tuned, 2016 Nissan GT-R. The record car was driven by Masato Kawabata, the Japanese drift champion and title holder for the Japanese drifting series. Kawabata clinched the top spot from former record holder Jakub Przygonski during a special event that took place at Fujairah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.
Developed in Japan with support from Nismo specialists and GReddy Trust, the record-setting GT-R was tuned to 1,380 horsepower, 815 horses more than the standard 2017 GT-R. Besides the highly modified 3.8-liter V-6, the special GT-R also used a Recaro driver seat, bespoke lightweight wheels supplied by Rays, and drift rubber specifically designed by Toyo Tires for this stung. The Fujairah International Airport was chosen for its three-kilometer (1.86-mile) long airstrip, which enabled Kawabata to drift at more than 300 km/h (186 mph), a first for the tire-shredding sport.
This isn’t the first world record set by the GT-R. In 2011, Nissan’s affordable supercar set a new benchmark for the fastest 0-60 mph acceleration by a four-seat production vehicle. In its Nismo racing suit, the GT-R is also the fifth fastest production car on the Nurburgring track, having lapped the German course in only 7:08 minutes, only 11 seconds slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder, in 2015.
Updated 04/08/2016: Nissan finally dropped the video showing its 2016 GT-R smashing world record for fastest drift.
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Plenty of skilled drivers are happy to live life on the edge. A select few even take that literally. At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, stunt driver Terry Grant took to the famous track in a 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS, and drove the entire 1.16-mile course with two wheels in the air. Like a wheel-lifting Volkswagen GTI taken to extremes, the bone-stock Juke Nismo RS navigated the course with its passenger-side wheels in the air, and completed it in two minutes and ten seconds.
The stunt set a Guinness World Record for the fastest two-wheeled mile. The video has to be seen to be believed. Usually two-wheeled stunts are performed in a straight line, which limits the distance, but Grant takes the Juke Nismo RS around a rather twisty and technical course without drama. Please note: this is not the best way to conserve rubber during a race!
The stunt’s intent was partly to draw attention to the unveiling of the 2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 concept, which was teased before Goodwood. As expected, the sequel to the insane Juke-R is thematically the same, with the 600-horsepower V6 from the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo stuffed into the Juke’s diminutive body. The Juke’s updated styling has been be-spoilered and be-finned similar to the Juke-R, with new panels that are equal parts functional and flashy. The Juke-R 2.0 concept took to the hillclimb track at Goodwood with Le Mans LM P1 driver Jann Mardenborough at the wheel.
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Switzer Performance is making some pretty big claims lately. The Ohio-based tuner has declared its super-powered R35 GT-R, dubbed the “Goliath,” to be the quickest production car in the world, with a 9.41-second 0-to-300 km/h (186 mph) run that demolishes the current standing record of 13.63 seconds.
If made official, it means the Goliath would dethrone the existing titleholder from Hennessey Performance, the Venom GT. Created around the same time Switzer was beginning to establish itself, the Venom GT utilizes a lightweight Lotus platform with over 1,000 horsepower stuffed into the back to render a vehicle explicitly designed to be the quickest to 186 mph.
But according to a blog post on Switzer’s website, the Goliath GT-R trounced Hennessey’s pride and joy last month at TX2K15 when it laid down the 9.41-second pass. “’That’s with a 1 foot roll-out on the DOT tires, but they’re all in the 9s,” says Tym Switzer in the post. “Almost every 0-300 run we recorded this weekend was under 10 seconds, which beats the official record by miles. And we weren’t even trying.’”
So then – Switzer bests Hennessey’s record by more than four seconds on the Venom GT’s home turf, and it wasn’t even trying? I ain’t from Texas, but I believe them there is fightin’ words.
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Over the last couple of years, the Alpha Omega Nissan GT-R from AMS Performance has become a legend among highly modified cars, and it recently outdid itself once more by shattering the standing 1/2 mile world record for GT-Rs. The AMS Performance development car managed to hit no less than 224.91 mph during the course of just half a mile, with V-box data to back it up.
The record-breaking run happened during the WannaGoFast Florida 1/2 Mile Shootout, which was hosted at the Jumbolair Airport, in Ocala, Florida. Sporting a new 4.0-liter, V-6 billet engine block with a twin-turbocharging and a set of DOT-approved tires, the 2,000-horsepower, AMS-tuned Godzilla achieved the insanely fast 0-2,640 foot pass while still being a street legal vehicle with a fully stock GT-R frame, chassis and interior. Apart from the near-slick tires and the removable parachute and wing, the Alpha Omega GT-R looks pretty much identical to a stock GT-R.
According to AMS Performance, the record-breaking run didn’t happen without drama though, as the car’s traction control system fought to keep the model going the right way almost every inch of the 1/2 mile. In fact, rear axle speed averaged 10 mph higher than the front throughout the entire run, with AMS estimating that around 200-300 horsepower didn’t reach the pavement because of the traction control intervening.
Nissan Middle East is known for its record-setting endeavors, so when a new opportunity presented itself, the dealership went ahead and took it. After all, this is the same group that used a Nissan Patrol to haul a 170.9-ton cargo plane for more than 164 feet at the Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates in 2013. This time around, Nissan Middle East opted to use a Nissan 370Z — two of them, in fact — to set a new Guinness World Record by successfully performing the longest twin vehicle drift, covering a distance of 28.52 kilometers (17.7 miles).
The stunt was pulled off at the Nissan 370Z Drift Experience launch event held in Dubai where onlookers got the special treat of seeing two silver Zs go sideways until breaching the record mark. It was also the perfect spectacle to highlight the 370Z Drift Experience event that was launched by Nissan Middle East and Prodrift Academy to teach participants the art of drifting.
Turns out, drifting’s a pretty big deal in that part of the world and according to Nissan, these tire-burning events routinely attract over 15,000 people at a given point and time. That’s a big reason why Nissan Middle East wanted to leverage the sport’s popularity in the region to showcase the 370Z, a car it says is well-suited for these kinds of escapades.
Nissan Middle East Managing Director Samir Cherfan said as much, describing the new record as proof of Nissan’s capability to build record-setting vehicles, including the 370Z. “The Nissan Z is a very popular car in the drifting scene, and this new record is yet another proof on the ability of this car to make drifting look so easy,” Cherfan added.
Seeing as it just accomplished a pretty impressive world record, it’s hard to argue against Cherfan’s point.
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It looks like the folks over at AMS Performance have scratched another entry into the history books with the Alpha Omega GT-R, this time via a 7.70-second blast down the 1320 at 186 mph. Throw in the fact that this car sports a full interior and stock body, and that accomplishment becomes even more impressive.
The team battled uncooperative weather and malfunctioning timing equipment at Royal Purple Raceway in Bayside, Texas, but managed to lay down the record-setting run once the clocks were fixed, the rain clouds had dispersed, and the track had dried.
Watching the video, it appears as though the laws of physics are broken when this highly-tuned Godzilla rips out of the hole in an all-wheel-drive wheelie, followed by a mad scramble for traction as the monstrous power coming from the tweaked-out turbo V-6 makes it to the ground via large drag radials. As the clouds creep in and the lightening flashes off in the distance, you can feel the gravity of the moment.
According to the AMS website, the Alpha Omega car holds the record for fastest and quickest GT-R in the quarter mile, as well as quickest 30-to-130 mph at 3.32 seconds, 100-to-150 mph at 2.15 seconds, and 0-to-300 km/h (or 186 mph) at 7.56 seconds. When we last saw it, horsepower figures came in somewhere around 1,700, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more now in the search for extra tenths.
While AMS might save some time stripping out the interior and replacing body pieces with lightened composites, we actually like how stock this thing is (that is, if a car with a parachute could be considered "stock"). You can bet this won’t be the last time you see the Alpha Omega GT-R, and we’re excited to see where AMS takes it next.
Records are always meant to be broken. It’s just that some take longer than others. That’s a nice tenet to hold on to when talking about a recent record-breaking lap time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed involving the Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack. The Japanese supercar not only made an incredible impression at Goodwood, but it also stamped its authority on the event’s existing supercar record lap time by completely obliterating it.
The record-setting lap time was set at the event’s Michelin Supercar run. 2011 GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, was behind the wheel of the GT-R Time Attack when it set the blistering lap time of 49.27 seconds, beating out the Noble M600 for the record lap.That’s an incredible achievement for a young man whose only racing experience came in the form of video games.
Making Mardenborough’s lap time all the more impressive was how he was able to navigate the GT-R Time Attack to a faster lap time than some pretty incredible supercars driven by the likes of former F1 drivers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan.
Think the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Pagani Huayra, and the McLaren P1 posted faster lap times than the GT-R ’Time Attack’?
None of them did.
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Le Mans has a long history of record making and breaking. Since the 24 hour race first began in 1923, it has been a true mecca of speed and innovation. Now Nissan has attacked this legendary course and set a new Le Mans record speed for electric-powered vehicles by achieving a velocity of 300 kph (186 mph) during qualifying with its ZEOD RC. The record was reached in the first run of the second night’s qualifying by driver Satoshi Motoyama as he blasted down the Mulsanne Straight.
The ZEOD RC uses a unique dual-powertrain configuration with both an electric motor and an internal-combustion engine. Nissan has big plans for this new machine and is looking to break many more records over the course of the weekend’s race.
Nissan wasn’t the only company looking to make waves at Le Mans this year either. Toyota challenged the Audi team that dominated for the last several years, and Porsche has returned to challenge for an overall title as well with F1 ace Mark Webber at the wheel. This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was quite an exciting time for motorsports.
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The Nissan GT-R Goliath prepared by Switzer Performance delivers a total of 1,500 horsepower, so the fact that it managed to hit a top speed of 402 km/h (250 mph) is not too surprising. What is very surprising, however, is that it needed only one mile and just 22.6 seconds to hit this incredible speed. This makes the Goliath the world’s fastest GT-R in a one-mile sprint.
Apparently, there are only two other cars in the world that scored similar results: a Ford GT that managed to hit a top speed of 267 mph and a Chevrolet Camaro that hit the same 250 mph.
For those of you who do not know much about the GT-R Goliath, it keeps the same 3.8-liter, V-6 engine as a stock GT-R, but Switzer updated it with new intercoolers, plumbing and a new exhaust hardware. All these changed lead to a final output of in excess of 1,700 horsepower — almost three times the initial output of the GT-R.
In the past few months, AMS Performance’s GT-R Alpha Omega car smashed record after record. On July 13, 2013 the GT-R Alpha made history one more time: it managed to run the quarter mile in under 8 seconds, making the AMS GT-R the first 9, 8 and 7 second R35 GT-R!
Just 2 days before achieving this incredible result, theGT-R Alpha managed to run the quarter mile in 8.25 seconds at a speed of 185 mph. Still a very impressive result, but as the car seemed to be capable of much more. After two days, it was pushed to its limits once again and this time it managed to run the quarter mile in 7.984 seconds at a speed of 186.14 mph.
What’s even more incredible is that the car used to brake the record is a "full street trim car," with only some minor drag race parts added, like the parachute and the 18-inch drag wheels.
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In 2012, a stock 2013 Nissan GT-R ran the 1/4-mile in 10.87 seconds - a pretty good time for a stock car developing a total of 542 horsepower. In the realm of GT-R tuning, however, things go by a little bit faster, thanks to outputs that nearly double the stock horsepower.
For example, last year a GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS with 1,600 horsepower under the hood ran the 1/4-mile in 8.63 seconds. Now, a 1,300-pony GT-R broke the record and managed to run the quarter mile in 8.61 seconds at a speed of 170 mph.
The GT-R breaking the record was equipped with an AMS Alpha 12 turbo kit, Mickey Thompson drag radials, a Syvecs SGTR ECU package developed by Switzer and a ShepTrans driveline to help keep the wheels spinning.
So, you don’t believe a 1,300-horsepower GT-R can beat a 1,600-horsepower one? Well, the above video will show you just how much driver talent and other mechanical advantages above and beyond horsepower help out.
A Nissan GT-R Alpha 12 by AMS Performance with 1,700 horsepower under the hood recently became the fastest GT-R in the world when it was capable of hitting an incredible top speed of 382.16 km/h (237.46 mph). This heavily modified GT-R is also capable of running the 1/4-mile in 9.44 seconds and a speed of 161 mph, goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.99 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.50 seconds and from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 12.37 seconds.
Updates made by AMS include an updated twin-turbo kit and increased boost pressure. On top of that, AMS also went out and reinforced the block to ensure that the car’s engine could handle all the horses galloping underneath the hood. A base AMS 12 can develop a total of 1,318 horsepower, while in the 12+ version cranks the final output to up to 1,700 horsepower.
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The Nissan GT-R proved once again what an amazing car it is. A model specially developed by Topspeed Motorsports – no relation – broke another record at Road Atlanta. With Leh Keen behind the wheel the sports car managed an awesome lap time of 1:23.8. This does not represent just a new Road Atlanta record for a GT-R, but also a new National Auto Sport Association (NASA) TTR-class record.
Topspeed Motorsports did not announce what model was used for this new record, but we do know the tuner is indeed developing some amazing models. For example, one of its GT-Rs delivers an amazing 1,019 horsepower. In order to obtain this amazing update the tuner installed a new AMS Alpha10 turbo kit and a new GTC Ti exhaust system. The engine received new Carrillo pistons and connecting rods, new fuel injectors, and intake.
While we are waiting to learn what model was used for this new record, all we can say is enjoy the video!