Neon Street King: Alpha12 GT-R
Below is a feature of our wrap project from our friends at AMF
In the short few years since it arrived on the scene, Nissan’s R35 GT-R has been widely adopted as a platform for seriously high-powered street cars. Just when you think you’ve seen every possible combination of colour, fitment and engine build in Japan’s powerhouse, something like Gary’s fluorescent yellow GT-R rolls up and changes the game. Immediately evident is the tuner-styling, compliments of one of the brightest wraps by Restyle It we’ve ever seen, but there’s more to this rendition of Godzilla than first meets the eye.
With a colour like this, you see the car coming for miles. Almost as quickly as you see it, you’re going to hear it. No, really. You are going to hear it. It doesn’t matter if your soundproof windows are up, and your music is on. If you don’t hear the exhaust note, you’re still going to feel it shake you down to your core. We suppose that’s just a natural side-effect of pushing well in excess of 1200 horses. Oh, did we mention that part? It’s as fast as it is yellow.
Pop the hood, and you’re met with enough high-end go-fast goodies to make even the most seasoned tuners stop and stare. The Alpha12 turbo kit, seen only by the tell-tale “ALPHA” on the intercooler when the hood is down, is just the beginning on this four-figure-horsepower beast. Immediately noticeable is the big and beautiful Boost Logic intake manifold, often hailed by GT-R enthusiasts as the best flowing intake manifold on the market. If you’ve got a keen eye for aftermarket GT-R parts, you might also notice a handful of T1 Racing Development odds and ends. The best part is the motor itself. From factory, the GT-R comes with a 3.8 V6. This one has been built to a 4.1 custom stroker engine made partially with chromoly, a durable high carbon steel. That extra bit of displacement in the built motor makes for some big power gains, and is capable of sustaining up to 1800 horsepower as is. At its current tune, Gary’s GT-R is putting out around 1276 horses at the wheels. That’s more than double the GT-R’s factory power.
All of that power is useless unless you can put it down. Gary’s transmission is one of four in the world fully built with Dodson Motorsports gears that are capable of handling 2000 horsepower gear-banging in those blink-of-an-eye shifts delivered by the GT-R’s paddles. The car maintains grip throughout the explosions of power with the help of M&H Racemasters, some of the meatiest tires we’ve ever seen on the GT-R, wrapped around a set of 18″ CCW C10s – one of the only tire options with enough clearance for the brakes.
To shave weight off of the GT-R’s relatively heavy platform, Gary put his car on the carbon diet. The dry carbon GT3 race hood not only saves weight, but adds a lot of dimension to the GT-R’s already fairly aggressive looks. The stylish duckbill trunk courtesy of RevoZport Racing Technology is also carbon, as are the mirrors and the roof panel.
This kind of power output comes at a price, albeit a small one to pay for the pleasure of driving such a magnificent beast. The wrap is impossible to keep clean on the bottom half of the rear, and those black panels above the exhaust aren’t just for style – they’re to stop the flames from the exhaust from melting the paint underneath.
With the exception of a cool little integrated radar system and an access port, the interior of Gary’s Black Edition GT-R remains the same it did on the showroom floor. According to Gary, the interior wasn’t the focus of the car at all. It was made to go fast. With a cabin layout like that of the Black Edition, there isn’t much we would change, anyway.
By a stroke of luck, another GT-R Black Edition owner happened to be nearby during our shoot, and we were presented with a great photo opportunity. Having the two side-by-side is a great time to admire the differences, and the journey Gary embarked on to reach this point with his build. It’s pretty crazy to think that this fluorescent yellow GT-R is more than double the power of its factory-spec counterpart.
As far as fast cars go, Gary’s GT-R is definitely up there. It’s undoubtedly one of the fastest on the road in our country, and we love it. He set out on a mission to get his dream car and make it his own, and he’s done a damn good job of doing it. There’s something about a purely function-built tuner icon like the GT-R that sits just right with us.
Story by Adam Gordon