Nissan GT-R: 1/4 Mile World Record Holder
Drag racing, a sport where to be the first one to the finish line is the ultimate goal. There are over 100 different classes of vehicles that participate in this sport of raw power. From stock vehicles to under four second 300 mph quarter mile, top fuel dragsters. To a true fan it is awesome and sometimes even breathtaking, especially when you feel the stands vibrate and the pressure against your chest when the dragster rumbles by.
These machines start in burnout alley, heat up their tires and fill the air with smoke and a smell only a racer could love. Then they ease up to the staging lights, AKA Christmas Tree, and wait in anticipation for that green light. A split blue lighted circle is the first light, when the vehicle is pre-staged, half of the blue light is lit, then the car inches forward until the other half lights up, meaning the vehicle has staged.
Under the blue light are three amber lights, a green light, and a red light. Once one of the vehicles has staged, the competitor has seven seconds to stage their vehicle or face disqualification. Once both vehicles are staged, then either the three amber lights flash and 0.4 seconds later the green light flashes, or the three amber lights flash in sequence 0.5 seconds apart, followed by the green light.
Once the green light flashes, it’s the signal to hit the accelerator and race to the finish. If one leaves the starting line before the green light illuminates, the red light flashes and that competitor is disqualified. The idea of drag racing is to time the green light to be the first to leave the line without lighting that dreaded red circle. This is called the hole shot advantage.
Back in the 70’s, a 13 second quarter mile was an enormous feat to accomplish by a stock or even a modified road legal vehicle. As the years passed and newer technology was implemented into these road legal machines, quarter mile times shrank into the 10 – 11 second range.
In the recent past, times for these street drivable rockets have dipped into the low 9s and speeds reaching 150 mph plus. Well known muscle cars like the Corvette, Camaro, Mustang, and Charger, along with exotic cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, have dominated in this quest for quickness.
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However, in recent history, a new make of car has risen to the challenge. A Nissan GT-R continues to impress on the strip. In 2012, a stock 2013 Nissan GT-R roared down the quarter mile in 10.87 seconds. It was equipped with a 542 hp factory built engine.
Impressed? How’s this one. Also, last year a 1,600 hp GT-R Alpha Omega prepared by AMS turned in a record breaking time, 8.63 quarter mile.
Impressed yet? On June 11, 2013, a Nissan GT-R powered with an AMS Alpha 12 turbo kit that produced 1,300 inched to the line. Gripping the pavement were Mickey Thompson drag radials and a traction control package. When it was over, a new quarter mile record was achieved. The GT-R turned in a 8.61 second time at a speed of 170 mph. Now that’s impressive, especially for a street drivable machine.
Granted; it is no thunder making dragster, but in any case the GT-R has set a plateau for other car manufacturers to shoot for.
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