3,000 hp Nissan GT-R smashes half mile speed record
Godzilla is back. A souped up, stripped down, drag-ready Nissan GT-R from Extreme Turbo Systems broke the world speed record for the standing half mile by going 255.53 mph at the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack in Colorado on June 19.
The previous record was held by a Lamborghini Huracan that clocked 250.2 mph only a month before, and the third fastest half-mile record holder is another GT-R.
Nissan GT-Rs are irresistible to tuners and performance shops like AMS Performance, English Racing and Extreme Turbo Systems because they can handle many times their standard factory output. In the record-breaking 2009 GT-R, Nissan’s standard horsepower was multiplied fivefold by Extreme Turbo Systems to achieve an astounding 3000 hp.
The oxygen-reducing high altitude of Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack (approx. 6,100 feet) robbed the vehicle of a couple hundred horsepower. But the thinner air reduced drag to balance things out.
For Nissan GT-Rs, the record-shattering performance was quite a leap forward. It took the previously fastest GT-R a mile (twice the distance) to attain the same speed. 255.53 mph is mighty fast, by the way. For reference, today’s fastest-running passenger-carrying maglev train maxes at 268 mph. And the top speed of a Cessna 172 is 188 mph.
Of course, Nissan GT-R lovers are hardly surprised that the object of their obsession has broken another record. In the 1990s, the GT-R (Grand Tourismo Racer) earned the nickname “Godzilla” for effortlessly crushing all competitors in Group A Series racing. It gained a cult-like status that continues to this day for winning 29 consecutive races in the Japanese Touring Car Championship, taking three consecutive Australian Touring Car Championships, launching the JDM car scene, appearing in games and The Fast and Furious series, and playing a leading role in serious street and drag racing around the world.
For those seeking maximum bang for the buck, it’s very hard to beat a used GT-R from a Japanese used car auction or dealer. The performance is incredible, the tuning potential is unlimited and the driving experience is nothing short of exhilarating. At Japan Car Direct, we’ve had the honor of exporting a few used GT-Rs to enthusiasts abroad, including:
2002 Nissan GT-R (R34)
Fast enough to blow most supercars off the road. A gold standard by which other sports cars are judged.
1991 Nissan GT-R (R32)
The only Japanese supercar of its generation and one of the best cars Jeremy Clarkson says he ever drove.
1969 Nissan 2000GT-R
Known as the “Hakosuka” for its boxy body, it has a passionate following even in markets where it’s extremely rare.
To purchase and import a used GT-R from Japan — the absolute best market for finding the model of your dreams, contact Japan Car Direct. We’ll find what you’re looking for in good condition at a reasonable price.
It was my first time buying a car online, let alone overseas. These guys are legit!!!
Yoshi has been very patient, transparent and prompt with all queries. The car was exactly... read moreBobby Capa11/22/2022
FIRST TIME BUYER
So…. I have just ordered my second car from Yoshiro Nakajima at Japan Car Direct. Keep in mind my first car has only just gotten to the port,... read moreAlpesh Patel9/11/2022
Great service. This was my first time importing a car from Japan. Everything was well explained and the whole process went very smooth. Would highly recommend!! Thank you Yoshi!John Power9/08/2022
Importing through Japan Car Direct has been a great experience through and through. Their assistance in the auction and bidding process and arranging shipping is top notch. More importantly their... read morePeter Hagemeyer9/07/2022
Awesome experience working with Taylor, he was extremely helpful and patience. It was my first time exporting a vehicle and he walked me through step by step and didn't... read moreEric Southerland9/06/2022
Japan Car Direct made buying a car from Japan dangerously easy. 🙂 Yoshiro was a great help. He was responsive and supportive through the whole process. They have... read moreTim Meunier9/04/2022
I had an excellent experience working with Matthew at Japan Car Direct. I was a first time auction buyer and importer to the United States. Mathew walked me through... read moreAlex Spiegel8/11/2022
A great experience for my first time importing a car from Japan. Mike’s customer service was second to none and all the paperwork was in order.Bobby Crumpley8/03/2022
Matthew at JCD is the man. I’ve now imported three of my own cars through him. JCD was able to accommodate my unique needs, everything from short turn around inspections,... read moreChan Shin7/29/2022
I highly recommend Japan Car Direct. They help you find exactly what you are looking for and are with you throughout the entire process. Import was seamless. Mike was great... read moreSir Selrahc7/14/2022
Before this I have never imported any vehicles to NZ let alone one from Japan! I decided to give these guys a shot and bought a JDM Tesla into the... read moreEdward Yuan7/11/2022
Great experience. Extremely easy process and Kept me well informed. Highly recommend them if looking to purchase a vehicle from Japan.Antonio Sevilla7/08/2022
It's hard to say anything that hasn't been said from other reviewers! This was my first experience importing a vehicle. Mike Nguyen was super patient with me and my indecisiveness.... read moreLaw_of_the Za6/30/2022
I used Japan Car Direct's services to import a Nissan Silvia from Japan to Australia. Mike was very helpful from start to finish and definitely made the process stress free.
The... read morematthew martin6/24/2022
Just picked up my car that I bought through JCD. I was a complete newbie about buying a car overseas and Mathew was kind enough to basically hold my... read moreTK Mad6/18/2022