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 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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