Sis­sou beats his own 1 km record

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STE­LIOS Sis­sou is SA’s fastest man over one kilo­me­tre, break­ing the 1 000me­tre bar­rier with an of­fi­cial speed of 346,3 km/h at ODI Race­way on Sun­day, Au­gust 9 and in the process shat­ter­ing his 2014 record for street-le­gal cars.

The Gaut­eng busi­ness­man’s Bil­stein-backed 1 200kW Nissan GT-R35 en­dured a morn­ing of tech­ni­cal nig­gles at the an­nual One Kilo­me­tre In­vi­ta­tional be­fore it all came to­gether late in the day. Sis­sou launched his fi­nal at­tack on the tar­mac with the sun al­ready head­ing to­wards the hori­zon.

An en­thu­si­as­tic crowd, which flocked to the pop­u­lar Pre­to­ria dragstrip to see over 100 of the coun­try’s fastest cars in ac­tion, erupted into spon­ta­neous ap­plause as the com­men­ta­tor an­nounced the re­sult.

With his own record of 337 km/h and a strong con­tin­gent of GT-R35 ri­vals to beat, the car un­der­went fur­ther re­fine- ments com­pared to last year’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion, pri­mar­ily an up­grade to Bil­stein’s so­phis­ti­cated Mod­u­lar Damper Sys­tem (MDS) sus­pen­sion that al­lows fine­tun­ing of the shock ab­sorbers. The rate of com­pres­sion and ex­ten­sion (com­monly re­ferred to as bump and re­bound) as well as ride height can be ad­justed. This en­ables start-line trac­tion to be op­ti­mised, while at the same time en­sur­ing max­i­mum sta­bil­ity at ve­loc­i­ties be­yond the take-off speed of a jet fighter.

“The Mod­u­lar Damper Sys­tem is Bil­stein’s flag­ship prod­uct for high-per­for­mance cars. It al­lows the driver to ad­just key set­tings to achieve a de­sired re­sult, whether the car is go­ing to be used for drag rac­ing, track days, or even a gymkhana. It al­lows for quick and easy changes to bump and re­bound via colour-coded ro­tary ad­justers and with a lit­tle more ef­fort ride height can also be al­tered,” said Bil­stein’s Ted Garstang. “Di­alling in the ideal set­tings for a given cir­cuit or driv­ing dis­ci­pline can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween a good re­sult and a great re­sult and we’re re­ally proud to have played a part in Ste­lios’s vic­tory to­day.”

In­ter­est­ingly, ev­ery GT-R35 leaves the Nissan fac­tory fit­ted with Bil­stein elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled dampers as orig­i­nal equip­ment, so an up­grade to MDS is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.

A ju­bi­lant Sis­sou added: “The morn­ing was re­ally char­ac­ter-build­ing, and some­thing went wrong on ev­ery run. With the tem­per­a­tures ris­ing quickly and a bit of a head­wind I was wor­ried whether we’d be able to get past 340 km/h. But my fi­nal run was per­fect: I went for a very con­ser­va­tive start strat­egy and didn’t use launch con­trol, but when it did all hook up it was like rid­ing a rocket ship — talk about warp speed!”

As it turned out, the vic­tory was an em­phatic one with the mon­ster GTR35 faster at the 800-me­tre mark than the next fastest car was at the end of the full kilo­me­tre.

“We’ll be back next year to de­fend our crown … and not just to win but break 350 km/h!” con­cluded Ste­lios.

Ac­cord­ing to a Video VBOX dat­a­log­ger, the NXGen-pre­pared GT-R35 achieved the fol­low­ing re­sults as it pow­ered its way into the record books: •0 – 200 km/h 8,37 sec­onds •0 – 300 km/h 13,48 sec­onds •100 – 200 km/h 3,19 sec­onds •200 – 300 km/h 5,11 sec­onds •0 – 1 000 me­tres 18,35 sec­onds @ 346,74 km/h •0 – 800 me­tres 16,24 sec­onds @ 334,1 km/h •Max­i­mum speed 349,6 km/h (achieved be­yond the fin­ish line).

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Ste­lios Sis­sou pow­ered his Bil­stein-backed GT-R35 to a new of­fi­cial record of 346,3 km/h in the stand­ing kilo­me­tre.

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