Haltech-Tuned 2009 Nissan GT-R Gives A Down Under Strip Show, Bests Inside Line's Quarter-Mile

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The 2009 Nissan GT-R's one powerful wonder of technology. The ECU's so advanced we're told it makes you feel like you're behind the wheel of the world's most advanced driving simulator, like some sort of Playstation reality game. As even the most high-and-mighty of the buff-book world have found out first hand, even with all the technologically advanced doo-dads and doo-hickeys behind the dash, the 3.8-liter V6 rated at 480 HP and a torque rating almost equal to that (430 lb-ft for those of you who are counting), this AWD Godzilla-like beast is no toy. A toy wouldn't have let Inside Line snag themselves a 1/4-mile time of 11.6 seconds using the new GT-R's launch control system on an abandoned airstrip. But that amazing time's not stopping the Aussie tuning shop of Haltech from cracking that Game-Boy-like ECU and playing around with the timing to see what they can come up with. The tuning shop from the land down under took their ECU-tuned GT-R to a local strip to find out what they could come up with on the 1/4 mile and the Godzilla fan-boys from GTRblog were there to record the showing. Their results after the jump.

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Those numbers on the time slip appear to be correct — a 1/4-mile time of 11.1 seconds and a top speed of 124.86 MPH! Keep in mind this is the Haltech's engineering team's first time — and first run — on the track with the re-tuned GT-R. The second run — well — that one didn't turn out quite as well. They only managed to equal the Inside Line numbers with an 11.6-second 1/4-mile run. Something to do with screwing up the launch control. Yeah, such a screw-up — any production car with an 11.6-second 1/4-mile run on a screw-up will more than likely remain on our "must have" list. Just sayin'...

One can only imagine what those numbers will end up looking like once the Haltech boys have finished playing around under the hood. Although we normally have to say we don't so much like tunage of the new GT-R, we know we're anxious to find out what Haltech ends up giving Godzilla. And then just wait until they get their hands on the Spec-V version in a year. (Hat tip to Jeff!) [Haltech via GTRblog]

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Drag cars and road cars are completely different, I am not sure why the US has this fascination about the 1/4 mile, and heck I am from the home of the Quarter mile, Orange County CA, Look it up, NHRA started here.

Sure a lightweight chevell can turn a fast quarter with no turbos and a small block, but look at what else is going on with that car. 12.5 inch wide drag slicks for sure from the same source you used and I would lay money down that alot of that cars body is fiberglass and the total cost of that car with his mods is over 100k spent which is more then a GTR. But would this car be fun or easy to go pick up groceries? Or hit the correct line on a racetrack, or even be able turn with those 4 inch wide front tires?

Hell if I put drag slicks on my e46 M3 I can shave about .5 a sec and pull 12.5 quarter all day long with no lightweight mods and that is only 333hp at the crank. drop another few pounds by gutting the interior and carbon fiber high 11.s are possible. But is that the point of the car? No the point is a well rounded driving machine that can turn and be comfortable on the road and on a racetrack.

Look at P cars the 911's are not fast to 60 or in the quarter, the Cayman S o-60 time is what like 5.1 on a good day? but that car will beat any piece of American iron that is faster in a straight line on a track all day long.