I’ve known Andy (McDuck) since 2004 back when I was knee deep in the 350Z world. When he picked up his first GT-R in 2008, he kept the car mostly stock, but eventually had Forged add a Cobb AP and Y-pipe. Those of you that know Andy recognize his impeccable taste and astute attention to detail. He also takes his time to thoroughly research the various modification options available, and we were pleased when he again chose Forged Performance for this build.
Andy’s second GT-R took the form of another red beauty but this time, it was a 2012 Premium. Once again, he set out on a responsible and structured plan of enhancing the performance of this car. Last summer, he saw a set of Volk G12′s on another customer’s car and he HAD to have them. Shortly after that, he chose the Cobb AP, FP Spec dyno tune, and a Y-Pipe again. Although that held him over for several more months, the time had come for more.
The goals we were given were simple: 600-650whp (Dyno Dynamics), while keeping the stock block and stock cats and keeping things absolutely rock solid reliable. The car needed to start, idle, and commute just like an OEM GT-R would. We retained the stock cats to keep the fumes emitted down to OEM levels. As a side note, I’ve yet to find an aftermarket catted downpipe that can hold up to sustained aggressive street and track use without overheating and disintegrating. We find the OEM cat’s to be very durable, and well suited to achieve the power goals stated.
All parts were ordered and segregated in advance, which allowed us to have Andy’s car wrapped up, including testing, tuning, and final quality checks in just 6 business days. Upgrading turbos on the GT-R is the single biggest performance improvement you can make, and no matter how many of these we’ve done it’s hard to get over how hard a stock framed and catted turbo car can pull to redline. Cold, warm or hot…just push the start button and the engine roars to life instantly. For comparison, a bone stock 2012 measures about 420whp on our dyno. Maxed out on stock turbos we see around 540whp…Andy’s car, however, now makes 647whp at just 18.5psi of boost pressure running through the stock catalytic converters, and sounds incredible. I’ve heard every exhaust on the market, and the GTC 102mm Titan continues to be my favorite in terms of looks, sounds, and performance. Mission accomplished.
Jamielle picked him up from the airport in Atlanta, and Andy drove the car back to his home just south of Charlotte. Couldn’t have been happier.
We’ve got a few more of these builds scheduled, in addition to a preview of our upcoming FP900 GT30 upgrades as well. Hope you all enjoy the video and a few pics of the install