[email protected] MPH, with the engine not playing along once it hit fifth gear. The achievement that Diamonds By Wire Racing and AMS Performance earned at TX2K17 has been a long time coming, not just for the GT-R community but for AWD race cars in general. What you are looking at is the first six-second Nissan GT-R and the first six-second all-wheel-drive vehicle in the world. AMS Performance’s Alpha G Nissan GT-R has taken the records, and it’s been a thrash to get there at all.
AMS hasn’t had the best week with the car. Four days prior, the Alpha G GT-R had experienced an engine fire. They made repairs. The day prior to the record run, the car blew a coolant hose, dumped all of it’s coolant, which scratched a second engine. Overnight, the crew behind Gidi Chamdi’s car thrashed to put a third engine in. Transmission issues and a missing bumper piece just added onto the problems that the team faced, but on what was supposed to be a “test hit”, everything sounded good…right up until the GT-R sounded like it was on the limiter. Everybody outside of the car learned within a few seconds that the record had been taken…Gigi, on the other hand, had to patiently wait until the timeslip was brought to him on the return road.
The car and driver are often celebrated during these achievements, but the true glory goes to the entire crew that thrash, pull long hours and put every last little bit of themselves into making the car the best that it can be. The team is what made this GT-R go out and tear Royal Purple Raceway a brand new one. The team, together, are invested in everything that car has done and will do, and it is the team, today, that together are floating on Cloud Nine, soaking up the satisfaction of a goal achieved. And if you want to know the importance of that goal, just skip to the section where the starting line erupts once the elapsed time flashes on the clocks.