6.937 seconds at 196.27 mph – let that sink in for a sec. It’s an impressive quarter-mile feat, no doubt, made more so considering it was done with a car that is in many places still street legal. But when you hear tuning house AMS Performance in West Chicago were the ones who built and tuned the car – the so-called “Alpha G” R35 Nissan GT-R campaigned by Diamonds By Wire Racing – you kinda knew this day would come. It’s an achievement they’ve been chipping away at for years.
It happened – fittingly – at the 2017 edition of TX2K at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, with hot shoe Gidi Chamdi behind the steering wheel. But it almost didn’t when Alpha G’s engine caught fire (literally) at the beginning of the weeklong speed festival and the team needed all hands on deck to get her up and running again as quickly as possible. After an overnight thrash, the team did its part and the rest was up to Chamdi, whose first pass was with full boost and resulted in the quickest quarter-mile ever by an AWD car.
While she’s street legal, Alpha G is in no way a run-of-the-mill GT-R. AMS have engineered their own CNC-machined cylinder blocks, heads, and internals, but save for the roll cage in the cabin and racing slicks at all four corners there’s little else that betrays the true potential of this R35. An AMS GT-R now becomes the first into the 6s, after being the first into the 9s, and then 8s, and then 7s. Our hats are off to AMS Performance for the incredible job – check out below the videos of the momentous accomplishment. Great job, fellas!!!