Was she myopic, an airhead or just plain stupid? Whatever the case, Little Red Riding Hood was fooled by a wolf in sheep’s clothing. From any angle, this relatively-stock-appearing R35 GT-R could easily be mistaken for just another sheep in the flock. In fact, this GT-R is “the Wolf in Shep’s clothing” that had previously defied physics when it ran into the 9.40s on a pair of T28-based, AMS Alpha 9-spec turbos. That sensational performance on E85, DOT tires and a full exhaust system was enough to earn the vehicle its cover spot on our December 2012 edition (#122). Fast forward nine months later and now this same GT-R has “unintentionally” become the quickest R35 GT-R in the world. If you’ve ever wondered if a 1000-plus horsepower, R35 GTR with 8-second performance should be your next dream car, then simply read on.
Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Richard Fong and Manufacturers
As you may recall, John Shepherd’s R35 was a daily-driven, full-amenity R35 GT-R that delivered sensational performance to the tune of 9.42-second quarter-mile performance in full street trim. With the T28-based, AMS Performance Alpha 9-spec turbocharger system, ShepTrans Stage 2.5 transmission and Shepherd-built 3.8-liter engine, the vehicle exhibited a docile character until the pedal met the metal. There was nothing about the performance combination that lacked. The turbo response hit like a brick. On many levels, Shep never wanted to change the original combination.