By on August 4, 2013


Three-plus years ago, your humble E-I-C pro tem was quite impressed by an 800-horsepower Nissan GT-R. After a couple of years racing in the NASA Performance Touring “E” class, where “big power” cars have 160 horses at the crank, having a chance to boot the proverbial ten-second car around for a while was quite a hoot.

At Switzer, however, I suspect they look at those old 800-horsepower days the way Justin Timberlake does at his N’SYNC records.

Switzer’s sales honcho, human gorilla weight-lifting enthusiast Neil Switzer, announced yesterday that a new build of their ethanol-fueled “X” engine had bopped the 1760whp mark on the dyno. There’s a lot of yakking on the forum as to whether it’s a stock block, a sleeved block, a cyrogenic block, a new block, and so on… but right now Switzer isn’t being forthcoming on the details.

Stuff like this both makes the point that the “glory days” of internal combustion engines are far from over and kind of trivializes all the cool stuff from the Sixties and Seventies. Hemi Darts, Cammer 427s, Yenko Chevrolets… all utterly feeble next to this two-thousand-crank-horsepower doorslammer of a car with air conditioning and two LCD screens on the center stack. This thing would be competitive in NHRA Top Fuel meets of the Sixties, and you could drive it home with the trophy.

Will the day come that all-electric street cars run as hard as the Switzer GT-R? Probably, but I’ll tell you this: I don’t want to be anywhere near the kind of capacitors you’d need to make it happen.

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18 Comments on “This GT-R Only Makes 1,760 Horsepower, But That IS At The Wheels, You Know...”

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    “and kind of trivializes all the cool stuff from the Sixties and Seventies.”

    I don’t understand or agree with this feeling. The GTR is impressive, but it only exists in the present.

    Does Usain Bolt trivialize Bob Hayes? Does an Ipad trivialize the CRAY-1? Did a HEMI Dart trivialize the Cadillac V16 or the Bentley 3 Litre?

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      As someone who hates old things, yes. Absolutes trump relative IMO.

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      Technically yes, just as Usain Bolt trumps every man before him every car lusted for by an objective of X is trumped when another car beats it. Honeatly the fabled muacle cars from that era had net SAE numbers south of 300 except at the very end when some could claim legitimate 320-350. Modern camries could destroy shelby mustangs. It doesn’t make them less important, it means they’ve been supplanted.

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    I love reading about what can be achieved, but it’s sad something like this will never be affordable in my lifetime (I’m guessing I have about 40 years left…).

    Us “budget” guys, I think, will have to stick with litrebikes for the foreseeable future.

    I’d love to see a car that can do 9 or 10 sec 1/4’s stock, be reliable, and be under $40k new.

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    Call me when Tesla has a car that makes that much horsepower and I can actually transfer the power to the ground.

    I wonder what it would take to get a Model S to 300mph?

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    With apologies to author Peter Benchley (and fictitious character Martin Brody),

    “You’re gonna need a bigger dyno.”

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    +1 on the dyno, and thank the great engine gods (and WSBK) for amazing liter-bikes!

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    “At this point we’ve reached 80 percent of the car’s potential; there’s still another 20 percent still to come.”

    -GT-R Chief Engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno on the R35 GT-R…in 2012.

    Read more:

    I’d love to hear his reaction to what these tuning houses are able to do. It is very possible that a 1700-plus WHP car blows itself up inside of 10k miles, while the “pedestrian” stock 545hp GT-R runs with regular Japanese reliability to 100,000 miles and beyond (no one who owns one of these uses it as a daily driver, so there’s no way of knowing even since 2009 what kind of odometer readings this thing can get).

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      Sam P

      Have you looked at GT-R forums regarding reliability? Just for grins, I took a look since I could afford the initial cost on a nice used ’09.

      The above forum is a must read. The reliability/running costs are much more in line with high-end Porsches, Ferraris, and Maseratis than “reliable Japanese cars” like a 370Z or a WRX STi.

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      You’re not going to get 4Runner reliability with a GTR. Even when stock, they will grenade something fancy and expensive.

      The only really reliable sprots car was the NSX, and that’s mostly due to its relatively tame output of less than 300 hp.

      Make sure you don’t do anything to void the warranty.

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    Dear God…I dont even think the legendary RB26 came anywheres near this number.

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    Justin Timberlake was in a band before Wings?

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    Does any of this make the car appreciably faster or move around a track better, or does it just melt/explode tires and drivetrain bits?

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    Yes, but how much of that power is due to the N0S stickers?

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