Editorial : August 12, 2008
After talking for less than 30 seconds, the customer says to me, “Hell, let’s go get one, man.”
I drive him out to his house in the Type-R, and there it is…Godzilla, just sitting there like any other car would. It was surreal just looking at it. Unbeknownst to me, things were about to get a LOT more surreal.
As we walked up to it, he says, “How about this, I’ll drive your Integra back, you drive the Nissan.”
…Uhhh…okay…At this point I check to make sure I’m not still asleep.
Sitting in Godzilla for the first time, I was in awe. It may have the styling of your average Nissan interior, but once the beast wakes up and gets moving, its a VERY different feeling. Before we leave, our customer comes over and holds up a series of three different switches on the console, then mutters under his breath, “Let’s put this bad boy in race mode for ya.” And off we go.
On the way back to the shop, I’m following behind the Type-R (surprisingly comfortable), unsure if it would be a faux pas to get on it a bit. After a few miles of cruising, our customer waves me by enthusiastically… It’s on.
The car kept pulling, and pulling, and pulling, gear after gear. Before long, halfway up the RPM range in fifth gear, I realized I was at a speed that would cut me some jail time. I let out, goosebumps all up and down my body. It was absolutely amazing.
Bottom line: No car I’ll ever drive will ever stack up to this car (in my mind, that is. I’m sure others will have opposing thoughts on the matter). R35 GTR is hands down the most well balanced, awesome car I’ve ever driven, or will ever drive. It’s not the fastest car I’ve ever driven, or been in for that matter, but to hell if it’s not the most well-balanced/responsive/fun car I’ve ever driven.
It is perfection. Simple perfection.
This was one Saturday that will be burned in my mind for a long time to come. I’m not looking forward to the drive home in the Type-R tonight…Depression is bound to set in halfway home. Oh well, time to step up and make it faster I suppose.