SP Engineering, alongside with GReddy Performance and KW Suspension, recently went to the track to set a new R35 GT-R quarter mile record. The previous record was set by AMS at 8.975 @ 169.49 mph. We were confident that we could post a faster time. For the past couple weeks, we have been working on our customer Hing's car to get it ready. If you remember, Hing's previous best runs was a 9.84 @ 148.40 mph back in 2010 and 9.25 @ 155.79 mph back in 2011.
We set out for Las Vegas on Thursday evening. We spent the night "resting" in Sin City to prepare for the next big day. We got up early the next day and made our way over to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For those who are wondering why we went all the way to Nevada to hit the track, it's because it is very difficult to find a well prepared drag strip and one that allows us to ran such times without a parachute on the west coast . With that said, we want to thank Las Vegas Motor Speedway for opening their door to us.
The team getting together to discuss our game plan. Knowing that we didn't have much time at the track, we decided to just go for it. Simple enough, right?
Here's an engine shot of Hing's car. We have shared Hing's build on our blog before, the newest being the GReddy Intake Manifold and Throttle Bodies.
His car is equipped with our SPE1000R package that is just shy of 1200 whp.
The techs are doing a final check on the car to make sure everything is in good working order and making adjustments to the tire pressure and the new KW 3-way Clubsport. More on that in another post.
Once everything is dialed in, the car is lined up for it's first pass down the track.
Hing's office for the day. Hing was very excited to get back into the driver seat.
Here's the man himself, Hing. He's surveying the track and putting himself in the zone.
The first run got us a 8.837 @ 164.61, setting a new world record! We were very happy to say the least but we knew there was much more potential left in the car. We lined up for our second pass and that was when we hit our first snag. The rear driver side OEM axle broke on that run. We expected that to happen eventually so we brought along a set of spares. We had ordered a set of DSS axles but they didn't arrive on time for this outing.
The techs got busy right away to replace the broken one with a new one.
Once the car was fixed, we continued our search for a faster time. This time around, we managed slightly better with a 8.827 @ 165.25 mph. When we went at it again, the other rear axle broke. Thankfully it was the passenger side this time. The techs went at it again and got it replaced in no time. Time was running out and we made our last pass, the fastest of the day, 8.793 @ 167.68. We raised the bar by almost 0.20 seconds!
We were pleased with our results. In half a day's time, we managed 3 consecutive runs that beat the previous quarter mile record. Our hard work throughout the years have finally paid off and the numbers don't lie. The SP team wants to thank Hing for his continual passion for the GT-R. We've said it before and we'll say it again. It's our customers who allow us to do what we do. We also want to thank Kenji Sumino at GReddy Performance and Chris Marion and Mike Kojima at KW Suspension for their help and expertise. Knowing us, we are never fully satisfied and we will definitely be back out to the track in the future. We still have a few tricks up our sleeves. 2012 is going to be a huge year!