John Shepherd of Sheptrans.com is known in the EVO/DSM/GT-R world as one of the go-to guys when it comes to R-35 transmissions. He recently used his own personal GT-R to demonstrate its capabilities, driving to an outstanding 8.28 at 173 MPH at the recent 21st Annual Buschur Racing EVO/DSM/GT-R Shootout held at the famous Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Shepherd’s insane machine wears a huge list of performance parts from Alpha Performance, one of the noted performance shops in the Nissan GT-R domain. Alpha-equipped vehicles hold an incredible list of accomplishments including the World’s Quickest and Fastest GT-R machine, and their record speaks for itself within the community.
The most amazing thing about this car is that it’s a true street car that races on drag radial tires. Shepherd’s GT-R is motivated by one of Alpha’s 16 turbo systems, their CNC ported cylinder heads, custom camshafts and induction kit.
The car still has a stock interior that’s graced with air conditioning and weighs in at a super-fat 3,880 pounds. Yes, you read that correctly – this thing is almost two tons of fun. There is yet more performance on tap as the car still wears the stock intake manifold and throttle bodies, and Shepherd is awaiting the release of Alpha’s new carbon-fiber intake manifold and billet throttle bodies to work further on increasing the GT-R’s performance.
On this pass, the car was still lazy out of the hole on the radial tire, clocking a 1.45 short time on the way to 0-60MPH in 1.78 seconds and 60-130 MPH in 2.91 seconds, a true testament to its street car roots. Those of you who are drag racing fanatics know that the elapsed time can be made or broken by the short-track performance, so it’s safe to say that there’s still quite a bit of performance left on the table with this incredible car.