Texas tuner building turbocharged Camaro to topple Nissan’s GT-R Nurburgring lap time


Texan tuner East Texas Muscle Cars will use a V6 Camaro as the basis for its GT-R challenger

Texan tuner East Texas Muscle Cars will use a V6 Camaro as the basis for its GT-R challenger

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A performance vehicle tuner based in Texas is stirring up some controversy, with claims that the now renowned Nissan GT-R supercar "wasn't running street tires at the 'Ring". On top of this, the turning firm, East Texas Muscle Cars, is going further by declaring that it will be developing a new street-legal turbocharged 2010 Chevrolet Camaro that will be able to beat the GT-R's Nurburgring time, and on street tires at that.

The goal is a lofty one for East Texas Muscle Cars as the Nissan GT-R's current time around the 'Ring is a blistering 7:26.70 - quicker than the considerably more expensive Porsche Carrera GT supercar. In order to overtake the GT-R, the company plans on taking a base V6 Camaro, rather than a V8 model, and adding a Squires Turbo Systems turbocharger. New rods, pistons and a forged crank will also be installed to improve overall power, and estimates reckon that the turbocharged V6 Camaro will have a final power output of around 500 horsepower.

Of course, power is not the Holy Grail in conquering the Nurburgring, as Nissan has deftly shown with its GT-R's lap times around the 'Ring where handling becomes paramount. East Texas Muscle Cars will be giving its highly modified Camaro bigger brakes, Pedders bushings and coil-over suspension in an attempt to sort out the Camaro's handling.

Whether or not the car will be able to beat the Nissan GT-R around the Nurburgring is yet to be seen as it is still in development, but a company spokesman has already stated to Edmunds that it will be running Bridgestone street tires, insinuating that the GT-R's lap time is already dubious in the company's eyes. This is not the first time that the GT-R has come under scrutiny for its Nurburgring lap times, with Porsche earlier this year accusing the Nissan engineers of altering the car to achieve its lap times.

Anyone interested will be able to check out the car at this year’s SEMA event where it will be displayed in the Squires Turbo Systems booth.

 
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