As you might know, Switzer Performance paid a visit to Michigan’s Milan Dragway last week. The Switzer crew set off from Ohio with a trio of high-horsepower, wikked-fast customer R1K-X GTRs for a day of standard “shakedown and evaluation” drives. The question on everyone’s mind by now is obvious: How fast were they?
Fast enough to bring home a new 93 octane (98 RON) quarter-mile GTR record of 9.42 seconds at 153.30 mph – that’s how fast!
In addition to that 9.42 second GTR record, a second Switzer R1K-X GTR ran a positively blistering 8.99 second pass at 165.54 mph on race gas a few minutes later, earning its place in the growing “8 second club“.
“We were satisfied that the cars did what they were supposed to do,” says Tym Switzer. “We followed our standard evaluation processes on each car. They got a few warm-up runs on pump gas to get up to temperature, then 1 launch each on pump and race. After that, the cars were ready to go home.”
Record-setting performance from customer cars is one of the things that sets Tym Switzer’s Oberlin, Ohio-based operation apart from most tuning firms, who rely on “shop cars” to generate the headline figures. Switzer, though, is one of the rare firms that doesn’t have a shop car. “We never had room,” explains Tym. “Besides that, it’s not our business model. We build the cars our customers want. When they want to push the envelope, we analyze the hardware, recommend options, and do our best to look out for their best interests. The development for cars like the R1K-X is pushed forward by our customers so that they can be the ones to break records. When we do it, it’s typically accidental or incidental, not planned.”
One of the new features Switzer was evaluating at the Milan trackday in particular helped the cars set fast times: the new Switzer Signature 6 Wheel Set. We’ll have more on that, tomorrow, but it’s worth noting that the fastest times were achieved on the cars equipped with the optional wheel/tire package. For more information on the R1K-X GTR conversion (or if you just can’t wait for more news on the 6 wheel set) contact Switzer Performance.