It Turns Out All The GT-R Needed To Be Fast Was 1,500 Horsepower
My experience with the original Switzer P800 GT-R was so impressive that I ended up working with the company briefly in 2010 before the 246-mile daily commute started to get a bit tiresome. Naturally, they waited until I was out of the building before completing a GT-R with a staggering one thousand horsepower measured at the wheels.
That previous milestone now looks, shall we say, conservative.
Quoth the Switzer press release,
The Goliath car was built to explore the limits of Switzer’s package architecture, building off of the same hardware upgrades as the Ultimate Street Edition, as well as the same intercoolers, plumbing, and exhaust hardware used in the USE, as well as the P700, P800, and record-breaking R1K-X Switzer GTRs. “The other component to this exercise,” explains Tym, “was to see how much power we could make on our engine program’s standard-bore/stroke 3.8L VR38 build that’s been so reliable for us over the past four years.”
Keep in mind, this is not some chopped-up dyno-queen/ringer car. Grinding or welding on the chassis was not permitted, so Goliath’s firewall, frame rails, and power steering systems are totally intact. The factory AC system is completely intact, and “is a must”, according to Switzer … which makes sense, considering how many of these cars end up in extreme climates.
We’ll see what we can do to get behind the wheel of this highly unreasonable GT-R. Keep in mind, it’s winter in Ohio, so the accidental-death factor will be high.
Reminds me of those idiotic Hennessey vipers Car and Driver tested ages ago with their 700-1200 hp engines that couldn't keep from blowing up every quarter mile unless tended to by 12 techs with two spare engines and a half dozen diffs and transmissions back in the truck...
I just don't see the point. Though I suppose it is a bit like climbing mountains just because you can. I'd much rather have 120hp in a Lotus 7 replica that weighs 1200lbs minus my fat ass, skinny tires, and no electronics at all. Would certainly be a lot more fun, and your license would last a lot longer.
Am I being a bit pessimistic in assuming that the service intervals might be short at 390hp/l?
Don't forget: the F1 cars from the Turbo Wars also were fueled by a mixture of indolene, heptane, toluene and liquid manganese, plus up until 1987 most cars carried the fuel in vessel that could maintain a very cool temperature as the fuel was cooled by liquid nitrogen as the car was filled. This resulted in a fuel that measured 91 RON but had the effect of about 130 octane gasoline in the combustion chamber. Watch the starts on an old Youtube video - it's a rolling Superfund site!