Video: Aussie John Apostolopoulos’ Wicked Seven Second GT-R

GTR 1Street cars these days are just scary-fast running elapsed times that were once reserved for full-on race cars just a few short years ago. In the United States, guys like Jeff Lutz, Tom Bailey, and Larry Larson are the kings of street legal quickness, all running in the five- to six-second zone in their street legal rides. But in Australia, you have guys like John Apostolopoulos, a racer running in the seven-second zone in a full interior, Nissan R32 GT-R that only has 2.6-liter engine under the hood.

The GT-R has been a force both on the track and the street since it went boosted in 1989. When the R32 powered GT-R was developed to make big power and do some serious racing globally. This particular generation of Nissan came with the 2.6-liter RB26DETT twin-turbo inline-six mill from the factory, a five speed transmission, and an all-wheel drive system to put that big power down.

GTR 2Apostolopoulos’s GT-R is an all-wheel drive animal that wears radial tires and needs all the grip it can get to get down the track. CV Performance did an outstanding job preparing this Nissan to put up Godzilla-sized numbers while keeping it street worthy. The built engine gets its boost from a pair of nasty Precision turbos, and a Neal Racing Powerglide puts down the power to the ground.

This footage from FullBoost captures just how ridiculous this car is when Apostolopoulos drops the hammer at the track. On the first pass, the GT-R gets a little fussy and the run must be aborted, but on the second, the car goes right down broadway and runs a 7.91 at almost 178 mph.

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Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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