Nissan’s GT-R NISMO produces 600 horsepower. This one – tuned by Switzer – makes 1,212 hp

Right out of the box, the Nissan GT-R is a thing of space-aged engineering and automotive magic. That’s the best way we know how to describe the art of squeezing 545 horsepower out of the 2014 model. Hell, we’ll soon see the 2015 GT-R NISMO, which pushes the limits even further to 600-hp and a 0 to 60 time of only 2.7 seconds. That’s insanity.

However, the world is covered with more than six billion people. There’s a chance, albeit a small one, that somewhere out there, there’s someone who is even crazier than the engineers at Nissan. We think we must’ve found them at Switzer.

The video below doesn’t show a GT-R winding its way up twisty mountain roads, or setting land speed records across the Bonneville Salt Flats. No, it’s just a Nissan and its four tires spinning on a dynamometer.

Watch closely, though, and you see delicious flame-filled backfires and a cloud of soot finding its way out of the car’s quad exhaust. That’s because Switzer has engineered this particular GT-R to produce 1,212 horsepower at the crank, and a solid 1,087-hp at the four wheels. Talk about doubling your money.

To push the car beyond the 1k hp mark, Switzer had to rebuild the engine and transmission. The package costs a little more than $70,000, not including the donor car. By our math, that’s still a bargain for a car that can keep up with the Bugatti Veyron.

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