Not every new record is set in the glare of publicity at a major event Sometimes you get to take part in a low key affair and everything works just so well, everything comes together and before you know it – a new world record!
A recent RWYB at Santa Pod was just the setting when Jeff Ludgate set a new world record quarter mile time for a full trim manual GT-R.
Not happy with the approach taken by others to tub a car, or strip it out to within a wafer of it’s former self, Jeff has gone the other route: take a standard car and just work on what you can add to make it quicker, not what you take away.
The day itself was a RWYB event The crowd was not overlay large as one would expect for such an event and Jeff was there just for testing. The weather was good – cloudy with occasional sun. With a first very modest run in the bag of 15.3 seconds the day seemed to be going well. On the second run Jeff decided the car was running so well he wanted to really push it to see what it would do. His second run saw a 9.5 – beating Rocket Ronnie‘s old record – but even then Jeff knew the car had more.
The car is A full weight R33 GTR with a fully forged race engine built by Abbey Motorsport in 2011 and with an HKS T51 SPL turbo and full titanium exhaust. The gearbox is a Holinger six speed sequential. OSG diffs, HKS Drag Suspension, the tyres are Mickey Thompson ‘Streets’ on standard R32 GTR rims. Plus, of course, there are numerous other goodies. As Jeff describes it:
I have only had the car since last year and only bought it due to issues with my previous car. The car came without a usable engine or gearbox. It was initially built by Proceed Racing in Japan and never ran better than a 10.2. It was named by them as the Proceed Drag R now affectionately known in the UK as the Sherbet Lemon.
As the day progressed the cars on the line varied – some more extreme than others. But, when it came down to the third run Jeff was up against “an American muscle car” as he puts it. Everything seemed to go just right, the hook up off the line was perfect, great car control and smooth and perfect gear changes. With a time of 9.2381 secs with a terminal speed of 146.17 mph. The car with driver is 1620kgs.
This record adds to Jeff’s existing record for the quickest full trim R34 GTR in the world @ 9.46 seconds and 156mph with a weight of 1740kgs.
Or to put it another way: watch this!
Jeff Ludgate (Ludders) is the GTROC’s straight line and drag racing events coordinator. If you want to now more about this sport or attend a GTROC event please contact Jeff on firstname.lastname@example.org