The battle for tuner top speed supremacy is at an all time high. It seems like every other week there is a new world record broken in one discipline or another. The two most popular cars used for these competitions are the Nissan GTR, and Lamborghini Huracan. Just a few months back, Gidi Chamdi drove his Underground Racing-tuned Huracan to a mind numbing 250mph in just a half-mile sprint. By doing so, he took the record away from Richard Fowler, another UGR Twin Turbo Huracan owner. So it’s been the Lambo’s holding the top spot in regards to the top speed. However, one GTR Tuner was bound and determined to take that title away, and they did just that this past weekend at the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack.
The GTR I’m referring to is not the Alpha G by AMS like you might expect me to say, considering they were the first 6-second GTR. Instead, it’s the other monster that you might also be familiar with, the Extreme Turbo Systems (ETS) GTR. We reported on this particular GTR just a few months back after it put on quite the show when it put down a 2,700 wheel horsepower dyno run and then went out and became the second GTR to break the 6-second barrier. And now it’s back, and back with a vengeance I might add.
The incredibly talented crew at ETS took this silver GTR with the bright pink accents out to the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack outside Denver, Colorado. There was no question that the car was capable of great things (again 2,700 wheel horsepower). But I don’t think they expected the car to perform as good as it did at this particular event. Even with the high altitude and extremely thin air, they managed to go out and make a pass at 255.5mph, faster than any other GTR on record. And mind you, that is in just a 1/2 mile run.
Prior to this record run, the fastest GTR ran 255.2mph, and technically that’s only a difference of 0.3mph. However, that was accomplished in a full mile run, where the ETS GTR did it in half the distance. I can’t help but think how fast the ETS car would’ve been going if it had another half mile to run. I know when I first learned about Gidi Chamdi’s record run, I was convinced that it would be the first car to hit 300mph. But now I can’t help but think the ETS GTR might be gunning for the same thing. And let’s not forget the wildcard, the true king of top speed as of this writing, the M2K Ford GT that hit 293.6mph at a mile long event earlier this year. Like I said, competition is at an all-time high. And from what I can see, there are no signs of slowing down and that means it’ll only be a matter of time before someone reaches the elusive 300mph mark. I wonder who it will be.