FIRST R35 INTO THE SIXES

NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

It’s been one of the most hotly con­tested bat­tles in im­port drag rac­ing in the past few years, with a small hand­ful of R35s gun­ning to crack the six-sec­ond bar­rier. Fi­nally, we have a name to pen in the record books. Gidi Chamdi is no stranger to R35s or to own­ing the world record with his orig­i­nal AMS-built Al­pha 20, but, af­ter that car crashed in 2015, the team de­cided to up the ante and build the Al­pha G, the most ex­treme GT-R ever to leave the AMS work­shop.

The new car fea­tures an AMS V2 Pro Se­ries bil­let block, bil­let/car­bon in­take, and twin Gar­rett GTX tur­bos, which are ca­pa­ble of up­wards of 70psi of boost and in ex­cess of 2500hp (1864kW). Gidi de­buted Al­pha G at TX2K16, rat­tling off a few high sevens. Head­ing into TX2K17, the team once again se­cured the record with a 7.14 at 212mph (315kph), but the six re­mained elu­sive. TX2K17 saw Al­pha G plagued with en­gine is­sues early on, in­clud­ing a fire and an overnight en­gine swap, in­di­cat­ing that the team was go­ing for broke. With the fresh en­gine, the car went 7.08 fol­lowed by the 6.93 at 196mph.

Don’t think that this will spell the end to the R35 drag bat­tle — if any­thing, it might be the trickle that opens the flood­gates.

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