Situated minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, Virtual Works Racing is a small business that specializes in custom parts and whatever fabrication you need, especially if you're a Toyota Supra owner. The company is known in the 2J community, most notably for its intake manifolds. You might have heard of a couple of its Supras that made history as well — in '03 VWR had the first automatic Supra to get into the 8s without nitrous. It also had one of the quickest "street" Supras in the world that ran eights, yet still retained A/C, power steering, full interior, and DOT tires. Not unheard of today, but we're talking about 13 years ago! But enough talk about Supras; this is the Nissan issue, and we are stoked to show you VWR's matte blue GT-R, which we found during our last visit to Vegas.
"I've had Supras for a while, and after reaching all of our goals, I decided it was time to branch out the company and design parts for another car," Dana Westover of VWR told us. "I fell in love with the GT-R right way. It was so much fun to drive around on the street, so we set our sights on designing and building all the bolt-on parts for it." Downpipes, mid-pipes, cat-backs, and intakes were some of the first of the VWR line. Then it came time to get crazy and really do what VWR was known for in the Supra world — go big or go home!
Contrary to the Evasive GT-R that's built to be as light and agile as possible for Time Attack, this R35 is simply designed to be a straight-line monster. VWR developed the GT-R's VR38DETT with its own 3.8L long-block package, larger turbo kit, mechanical fuel system, plus a race intercooler system to keep the boosted temps nice and cool. The transmission is also rebuilt in-house using all Albins parts to withstand four-digit horsepower numbers.
"Our quickest quarter-mile time is 8.67 seconds so far with a 170-mph trap. I would like to get the car in the low eights, maybe in the high sevens, but overall our end goal with the car is to keep it as much of a pure street car as it was from the factory," Dana concluded.
It sounds crazy to think an 8-second car can be a "pure street car," but take those Hoosiers off, put on some regular wheels, and you have a wrapped GT-R with a stock exterior 'n' interior that'll light up anything in sight.