Switzer Performance Builds 900 hp Ethanol GTR

Tuners at American firm Switzer Performance have set their sights (again) on the Nissan GT-R.  The Switzer GT-R E900 uses ethanol in place of conventional petrol from the pump, allowing the engineers to boost performance to an impressive 900 horsepower (671 kW / 913 PS).

This is a massive upgrade on the already-fierce GT-R P800 (seen in the video here), which used petrol to get 800 hp (597 kW / 811 PS).  To go that big extra step further, the tuners installed a new custom transmission built by New Zealand outfit Dodson Motorsports.  Unsure if the GT-R's transmission could take 900 hp, the new box offers a larger clutch area to guarantee "smooth shifting at every speed," according to company founder Tym Switzer.

That led to the use of commonly available E85, instead of racing fuel.  "We didn't want to just deliver a race-gas package that tethered the client to a fuel drum in his garage, but we wanted to be able to turn up the boost, also," said Switzer.

E85 is not uncommon around Switzer HQ in Ohio.  In a region dominated by cornfields, the use of E85 became apparent.  However, there are drawbacks.  "We had to modify the fuel system to handle the fuel and significantly increase the size of the injectors, also, but in the end we had a fuel that gave us everything we needed to crank up the boost on this car and deliver over 900 hp."

Sprint times were not revealed, but the company did divulge that the Switzer GT-R E900 can blast from 60 to 130 mph in under six seconds.  The upgrade package is now available from the company at an undisclosed price.

When Nissan introduced the latest R35 version of its GTR Skylines in 2008, the international press was quick to nickname the car "Godzilla" - as much for the car's size as for its fire-breathing performance - and Nissan was equally quick to call the car both "perfect" and "untunable". That "perfect" label is a matter of opinion, of course, but enough GTR buyers felt the car lacked sufficient oomph that a number of tuning firms began to lay waste to the idea of an "untunable" car, building massively-powerful GTR Nissans along the way. One such firm is Tym Switzer's Ohio-based Switzer Performance, and their massively-powerful GTR is called the P800 - a comprehensively tuned 800 hp track-weapon that's as much at home on Main Street as it is on the back straight.

Of course, there are some enthusiasts who will always want more - and when one of these enthusiasts contacted Switzer about pushing the P800 GTR to the limit, the crew at Switzer Performance got to work developing the car you see here.

"The P800 is already at the limit of what we feel comfortable for the stock GTR transmission," explains Switzer. "So to go further we really needed to beef up the transmission. We contacted Dodson Motorsports in New Zealand and explained what our goals were with the car - 900 hp, more clutch area, ad smooth shifting at every speed. The new transmission is the product of several months' co-development between Switzer and Dodson, and is exactly what we needed in order to start pushing the GTR forward beyond 800 hp."

The next thing Switzer needed to address to keep "pushing the GTR forward" was fuel. "We didn't want to just deliver a race-gas package that tethered the client to a fuel drum in his garage, but we wanted to be able to turn up the boost, also." The solution? Readily-available E85.

"In a way, the solution was all around us," offers Switzer, whose shop is located deep in Ohio's farm country, surrounded - literally! - by cornfields. "E85 isn't without its trade-offs. We had to modify the fuel system to handle the fuel and significantly increase the size of the injectors, also, but in the end we had a fuel that gave us everything we needed to crank up the boost on this car and deliver over 900 hp." The E85 delivered other benefits as well: it is significantly "greener" than the pump-gas and race-gas versions of the GTR. "With most high-horsepower cars, you can barely breathe after just a few dyno runs. With the E85, we were able to run pull after pull to dial in the tune without feeling any effects of the usual emissions. It's hardly scientific, but there was a noticeable improvement in the air quality in the shop compared to race gas."

The final product - dubbed the E900 for "Ethanol fuel, 900 hp" - is a fast, capable package that offers linear power delivery and massive midrange torque with superior transient response compared to larger-turbo/race-fuel combinations, while maintaining a bit of environmental responsibility along with its blistering sub-6-second 60-130 mph acceleration.

This first P800 also sports an Amuse carbon fiber aero package, 3-way adjustable suspension, and 20" BBS wheels that are an inch wider than stock at all four corners. Switzer's new E85-fueled E900 PKG is available now. Contact Switzer Performance for more.



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tcairlines tcairlines
Nissan should be ashamed of the new GTR. Someone needs to fall on a sword or at the minimum be given a window job. They have created a paper car that can live up to it's potential, once. The car is not a Mitsubishi so only being able to use launch control 3 times before the car chucks the gearbox (and use it once to void the warranty,) is unacceptable. Nissan shame on you for taking one of the most revered cars in world and turn it into a joke. Kudos to Switzer for trying to fix the cars short comings.
Jun 27th, 2010 9:30pm
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
I love it, the potential of the GT-R is clearly beyond incredible. I wonder how far firms will be able to go. I don't usually like "Rice" but im pretty sure the rear wing is functional and it looks pretty good, i'ld keep it.
Jun 27th, 2010 1:29am
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Lennox.... Lennox....
looks like and old skool R33 :) with that huge wing in the back 900hp of pure ethanol fuel mmmmmmm
Jun 24th, 2010 8:25am
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With 900hp, this thing will be a rocket. Since rice can be used to produce Ethanol can we call it a Rice Rocket?
Jun 24th, 2010 4:13am
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BavarianMS BavarianMS
Haha, good one. This thing really is a rocket. Im sure they are not at the limit yet when you look at what they did with the R34.
Jun 24th, 2010 5:11am
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Mikeado Mikeado
Not only does E85 have a high octane rating, it's much cleaner than normal fuel. So this 900 horsepower GT-R (how long before someone beats 1600? That's the highest I've ever heard a GT-R reaching) is kinder to the environment than the P800. Win win!
Jun 24th, 2010 2:35am
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Soorena Soorena
HorsePower's Crazy game !! I love it , Try to use NOS!
Jun 24th, 2010 2:10am
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Elmo18782 Elmo18782
Seriously, stop watching F&F. NOS is a company, not the actual gas. If you want, use n2o.
Jun 24th, 2010 8:33am
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Soorena Soorena
No shit? So instead of water we should say H20?
Jun 24th, 2010 12:54pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
If you're going to be like that, call it Nitrous Oxide. But I think if Switzer are happy to use ethanol and racing fuel, they've probably outgrown N2O.
Jun 24th, 2010 1:31pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
I don't want to be used. :P
Jun 24th, 2010 10:50pm
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It's getting closer and closer to the 1000hp mark for the GTR R35
Jun 24th, 2010 1:28am
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Jo@Switzer Jo@Switzer
That's coming, my friend!
Jun 25th, 2010 3:28am
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Love the tuning, hate the huge rear spoiler, with all that power it can't do 0-60 in under 3.3, or maybe they can play with the LC
Jun 23rd, 2010 10:48pm
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BavarianMS BavarianMS
I bet its under 3 seconds. With that much power and AWD.
Jun 23rd, 2010 11:00pm
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Jo@Switzer Jo@Switzer
We've seen 2.7, 2.8, ... 3.0 is a safe, conservative number that anyone who buys the kit will see.
Jun 25th, 2010 3:27am
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