AMS and ALPHA Performance would like to congratulate our friend John Shepherd of Sheptrans.com for taking home 1st place in the GT-R Eliminator class at the 21st Annual Buschur Racing EVO/DSM/GT-R Shootout! John took home the lion’s share of the $3000 Prize sponsored by Cobb Tuning and AMS / ALPHA Performance.

John Shepherd wins GT-R Eliminator at 2013 Buschur Shootout

Less than a week before the event, John upgraded his car from an ALPHA 12 to an ALPHA 16 powered GT-R. This maiden voyage for the yet to be released ALPHA 16 Kit proved to be massively successful. Pass after pass John improved his time and MPH but traction was proving to be difficult.  Fearing his current drag radial was not cutting it John borrowed a pair of Nitto NT05R drag radials off of a fellow ALPHA GT-R owner in hopes of improving his times even further. The tire swap did the trick as John and his ALPHA 16 powered GT-R cracked off a blistering quick 8.28@172.98mph!!!

John Shepherd wins GT-R Eliminator at 2013 Buschur Shootout

John Shepherd wins GT-R Eliminator at 2013 Buschur Shootout

John Shepherd and Alpha 16 complete the fastest et/trap speed of the GT-R Eliminator Class.

John’s GT-R is quite impressive. 100% assembled and built by John himself as a test bed for his rock-solid R35 transmissions, this GT-R showcases some of the best the industry has to offer.  Many of the products are sourced from the Alpha Performance catalog including the ALPHA 16 Turbo Kit, ALPHA Race Front Mount Intercooler, ALPHA CNC Ported Race Cylinder Heads, ALPHA Series Camshafts, ALPHA Induction Kit and ALPHA Carbon Ceramic Brake Package.

What is most impressive about this run is that John’s car really couldn’t be any more of a street car. With a 100% stock interior, A/C and street legal tires, John helped prove the capability of not only the ALPHA 16 Kit but the R35 GT-R in general.  John further explained, “I can’t stress enough how much of a street car it is. Weighing in at 3900lbs. race weight shows how amazing this platform is.”

John is not done yet either.  His car has yet to run to its full potential as he still has the stock intake manifold and throttle bodies as a bottle neck.  He is awaiting the release of the new Alpha Carbon Fiber Intake Manifold and Alpha Billet Throttle Body Upgrade to really see what his car can do. With even more power available John’s GT-R looks only to improve on his current time.

John Shepherd wins GT-R Eliminator at 2013 Buschur Shootout

John Shepherd wins GT-R Eliminator at 2013 Buschur Shootout

Shep’s Alpha 16 Equipped GT-R minus driver, suit, helmet and required level of fuel

 

John Shepherd wins GT-R Eliminator at 2013 Buschur Shootout

Almost full race weight: 3,888lbs with Shep, but not including helmet, suit and required level of fuel

 

John Shepherd wins GT-R Eliminator at 2013 Buschur Shootout

We are currently working on a video to document John’s amazing accomplishment so stay tuned!

 

John Shepherd would like to thank:

AMS and ALPHA performance

Boyan from Syvecs North America

Dodson Motorsports

Driveshaft Shop

Pfitzner Performance Gearbox

Polivoks from GT-R Heritage

T1 Race Development

 

 

 

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