Option Magazine Nardo Ring Challenge! Top Secret, Powerhouse Amuse, & Phoenix Power R35 GT-R Shoot out!

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[Ben] I’m nearly able to finally release the results of Option’s Nardo challenge where a new FASTEST top speed record was made for Japanese sports cars.
I’m still sorting through 1200 pictures I took while there with the teams. Here’s one that’ll get a feel of the challengers just moments before they made their first high speed runs on the famed Nardo ring. Check back tomorrow for results of how fast these hyper tuned GT-Rs went. I’ll be rolling out many pictures over coming days and weeks.
We’re proud to represent the products worldwide for all 3 challengers:Powerhouse Amuse Top Secret – Performance Engineering Service and Phoenixs Power

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Option Nardo Italy: So…who has the fastest top speed Japanese car? R35 GT-R at 234 MPH

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[Ben] Here’s the speed: 377kmh (234mph) However there’s a bit more to the story. Nobody likes ties but what we were left with as we left Nardo was nearly a tie. Even worse, in both cases both cars Top Secret – Performance Engineering Service and Powerhouse Amuse were unable to reach their true potential due to facing the same unexpected computer error at 7500rpm in 6th gear. As a result both cars pulled to 7500rpm in 6th gear and both maxed out electronically rather than reach their potential. They had more speed in them. The Top Secret car was the winner with a speed of 377km/h whereas the Amuse car reached 373km/h. The difference of 4km/h is attributed to slightly different final drive gear ratios between the two. Ask anyone there and we all believe they both could have passed 400km/h if not for the ECU problem. Call it a tie if you want, but the winner was ultimately Top Secret by a very small margin. Smoky remains on top as having the fastest Japanese street car ever made! We all hope to find the true potential of these cars next year with Option’s next Nardo attack!
More behind the scenes updates from Nardo coming from us soon.

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Nardo Italy GT-R Battle – Powerhouse Amuse vs Top Secret

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[Ben] Nardo Italy Battle - Powerhouse Amuse vs Top Secret – Performance Engineering Service. Here’s another exclusive picture…this time a video screen capture taken from the passenger seat. You can clear see “Smoky” Nagata and Matsui-san in this picture. It was such an amazing experience to be with all 3 companies that we support and to see them at the top of their game battling on the world stage!

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Option Nardo Top Speed Challenge: Phoenix Power R35 GT-R

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[Ben] Web exclusive Nardo coverage.
Lets start with 3rd place. Clocking 356.99kmh (221.2mph) was the incredible Tokyo Auto Salon favorite Phoenixs Power R35 GT-R
This car was the first car Daijiro drove. It sounded like a jet plane from far away but as it approached us after the first high speed lap we realized there was a problem. At 221mph the sheer forces destroyed the front diffuser! This was a humbling way to start the day and it surely reminded me of the extreme risks running at those speeds. Daijro was lucky that this was not another catastrophe as he’s endured his fair share of life threatening danger as a racing driver. The Phoenix Power GT-R was the only of the three cars utilizing the stock final drive gear ratio so it was essentially able to reach full potential before the crippling aerodynamics injury knocked it out of commission for the remainder of the event. This picture was taken as soon as the car came in and you’ll see Daijiro describing the incident in the background for Option Video as Phoenix Power and Top Secret look on.

 

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Asso Alfa Romeo 156 by John Babbitt

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Asso Alfa Romeo 156

Coming across pictures of factory Alfa Romeos is a treat in itself. For auto enthusiasts here in the United States, Alfa’s, like so many others, are a forbidden fruit. The pure joy of owning such cars are what dreams are made of. Then there are gems like this. As I’ve said before, there’s nothing better than the look of Japanese tuning. When it is applied to non- japanese cars, something truly special is created.

Asso Alfa Romeo 156

It just doesn’t get much more special than this. The Asso 156. The seductive factory look is enhanced greatly by widening the fenders a smidge, as well as the carbon fiber additions that also increase the necessary downforce for track days. Asso 17″ wheels wrapped in Potenza rubber mask Asso brakes with Brembo F50 calipers painted to match the beautiful ‘papaya’ orange body. Suspension and all reinforcement parts are also Asso equipment.

Asso Alfa Romeo 156
Engine wise, a carbon-kevlar induction pipe with a carbon fiber filter shield and BMC air filter are coupled with an Asso muffler and a Force-G piggyback. Putting it all down is a Kaaz LSD.

I personally can’t wait for the return of Alfa Romeo here in the states. But until then, mere pictures will have to do. Enjoy! -jbab

p.s.- The car used to be red, so the engine bay pic below is of the same car.

Asso Alfa Romeo 156

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Customer Car – Marco’s GT-R In Italy

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Marco in Italy is doing it right. Although many people think that JDM is not represented well in Italy, Marco proves all of that wrong. Having come from a S14 Silvia modified for drifting, we’ve been working with him continually on his R35 GT-R over recent years. He runs his car often at the circuit and the experience of his car running with F40s and other amazing Italian machines must be incredible. I get excited just seeing the pictures!

With Marco’s most recent modification we got him the Varis VSDC (Varis Semi Dry Carbon) vented hood which can be seen in these photos. You’ll also notice the Advan RS-D wheels as well as a number of other modifications which go unseen.

Marco will be one of the first to get the upcoming Do Luck carbon fiber racing front diffuser. Seeing how he enjoys his car out at the track like this, I’m supremely confident that he’s getting his money’s worth out of these racing parts and experiencing his GT-R to the fullest!

GT-RR Customer Car GT-R R35

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