190.09 MPH. 212.18 MPH. 213.06 MPH. Those were the speeds for Jeremy’s Switzer R1K GTR - the fastest car at this weekend’s Michigan Mile.
The 2013 running of the Michigan Mile at Battle Creek was one of the hottest mile events on record - and we’re not just talking about the high-horsepower exotic cars, either. Track temps. were over 138 degrees F, at one point, and there was a 25 mph cross-wind to deal with as well … all of which makes Jeremy’s drive that much more impressive!
“This is a perfect example of what we build these cars to be,” said Tym Switzer head of Oberlin, Ohio-based Switzer Performance, who built the car. “Jeremy’s car was one of the first dozen or so R1Ks we built. It’s been on the road now, as an R1K, for about 2 years, and it’s been living up to our goals of delivering a car that is fun, reliable, and keeps people behind the wheel for maximum enjoyment.”
For Jeremy, a run at this year’s Michigan Mile meant several hours’ worth of driving to get to the event, and a long drive back home as well. Once he got to the track, however, it was all about getting the most out of the car - and he did, being nearly 20 MPH faster than the runner-up: a highly-modified Nissan 300ZX that hit 194.80 on its fastest run.
“Jeremy didn’t launch the car,” explains Tym. “There was no need to abuse it. It has more than enough to hit 210 in these mile events without really hammering it, which is great considering it’s not a dedicated mile car. The R1Ks have always given a great balance of response and power, and it was data from the early cars like these that directly led to the development of our newer packages like the Ultimate Street Edition GTRs.”
You can head over to the Michigan Mile’s official Photobucket page to see their massive photo gallery - we’ve included a few of our favorites, below. For more information on Switzer’s R1K performance PKG for the R35 Nissan GTR, contact Switzer Performance.
Awesome… We missed the Switzer run as we were only there on Saturday. Wish we could have seen it.
congrats to Jeremy and Switzer Performance for the WIN
Props to Dennis Marshall of Howell, MI. for finishing 2nd on the 2013 4th of July weekend. Dennis one of the humblest and nicest guys you’ll ever meet who in his nearly 20 year older Nissan 300ZX, a car that he has been wrenching on for the past 7 years in his drive way or garage without the benefits of AWD technology or a high performance shop sponsoring him came in 2nd running 194.80. Dennis’ MPH was a little over 18 MPH behind Jeremy’s 2011 AWD Nissan GTR with Switzer’s R1K performance PKG. Dennis’ highly modified Nissan 300ZX with it’s 20 year old Toyota 1jz head and 2jz bottom end and Michigan made Borg Warner turbo with just RWD did great and was the fastest MI car in the event. Had Dennis’ father in law, Paul, not told me about it today while Dennis was wrenchin on my car I never would have known nor would all of his friends who will read about his accomplishments on FaceBook. And props to Domenic of Turbo Concepts in Brighton, MI who did the performance tune for Dennis. Next year Battle Creek should see a few more Toyota motors from the MI2K Supra Club in the field of participants. University of Michigan and Ohio State may have their rivalry on the grid iron but it looks like Ohio and Michigan have another rivalry on the tarmac at Battle Creek. Great job Dennis!
I love switzer and I will always