It’s not considered too extraordinary nowadays to tweak a car’s engine to deliver 1,000 HP, especially when that power can hardly be controlled on a day to day basis. There were a few attempts to deliver such massive performance, like the R1KX package for the Nissan GT-R in 2010, developed by Switzer Performance, but the car was more suitable for race tracks than regular roads.
An engine with an output of 1,000 HP requires regular and, more important, special maintenance, in order to be able to run smoothly, and this is the main reason for which such an engine can rarely pass us by on the streets. However, Switzer has reportedly managed to conceive a 1,000 HP power amplification kit called the Ultimate Street Edition (USE) that promises to be able to control the studs on regular roads.
Tym Switzer, founder and the current owner of the same appointed company, stated that: “Far too often, I talk to people who think that what they want is that last thousandth of a second, regardless of the cost. For the few that can really wrap their heads around what that means – that the car will shift abruptly, that it’ll run hot in traffic, and that they’ll have to run specialized racing fuels in order to get the most out of the car and keep it happy.
For them, our R1KX or XXX GTRs will give them what they want: the baddest, fastest GTR that money can buy.” He then added: “For people who want a 1000+ horsepower car that they can drive comfortably every day, to the track or the office or the grocery store, on the highway or in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we’ve built this car.”
Totally differing from the other super-powered GT-Rs so far, the USE GT-R reportedly shifts and idles smoothly, doesn’t emit loud sounds through the exhaust pipes, there’s no gear noise and, more importantly, can achieve as low as 20 mpg-s on the highway. All these will definitely fade if you step on it – as Mr. Switzer states, “that pussycat” transforms into “a roaring lion. Right now. On demand. With no penalties, no compromises, and no excuses.”
Considering that the car still runs on regular premium pump-gas, the original VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 motor had to undergo a few major changes and optimizations in order to be able to deliver the 1,000 HP output. These modifications include new pins, pistons, rings, connecting rods, specially-ground camshafts, a stainless-steel performance exhaust, front mounted intercoolers that collaborate with an upgraded cooling package plus a pair of liquid-cooled turbochargers featuring billet compressor wheels and a remapped ECU, all developed by Switzer.
The same brand has mounted in-house built lowering springs, a modified version of launch control, “nano-carbon” brake pads and a brand new set of lightweight alloy wheels enveloped by conventional performance tires. The price of this monster hasn’t yet been revealed.