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HKS RIDE & DRIVE PROGRAM

El Toro Marine Base Irvine, CA January 7, 2008

Peter Tarach
Apr 19, 2009
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HKS USA hosted its first-ever media ride & drive program featuring HKS-developed Nissan 350Z’s, G35’s and FX35’s for street and motor sports. A host of media were invited out to test drive these cars around a slalom course and an 1/8 mile drag strip to experience the new GT Supercharger. The Z’s and G’s were also equipped with a host of other HKS goodies including the new generation of HIPERMAX III coilovers.

The GT Supercharger is HKS’ proprietary supercharger design and represents a new standard in forced induction technology. The performance characteristics of the supercharger deliver smooth, linear power across the RPM band resulting in effortless acceleration. The compact size of the supercharger makes it possible to be mounted in relation to engine drive pulleys for maximum efficiency without the need to modify the engine bay. The supercharger’s efficiency allows a broad range of applications that deliver excellent fuel economy.

The GT Supercharger has been designed for use in street and track applications. HKS has initially developed street supercharger kits for the Nissan 350Z, Infiniti G35 Coupe, and the Infiniti FX35. In addition, a motor sports only GT Supercharger Pro Kit is in development for the Nissan 350Z and Infiniti G35 Coupe. Future applications of the GT Supercharger are planned.

What truly sets HKS apart from other supercharger manufacturers is the type of supercharger HKS developed. The HKS GT Supercharger is a state-of-the-art centrifugal supercharger system using a newly-developed torque response traction drive system. The traction drive system provides greater efficiency compared to typical gear-type centrifugal superchargers, by having a higher ratio of pulley revolutions to compressor wheel revolutions. This high rate of efficiency allows the use of compact compressor housing without sacrificing output. Also the traction drives use of rollers eliminates the common gear noise found in centrifugal gear-type, roots-type and twin screw superchargers.

The proof is in the pudding though. The 350Z and G35 GT supercharger equipped cars exhibited vastly improved acceleration over their stock counterparts which were brought along for comparison purposes. HKS proved once again that they are among the leaders in the industry for performance related products.

The GT Supercharger should be on sale as you read this while the Hipermax III coilovers will be available early this year.

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