Everybody who grew up playing the original Nintendo Entertainment System knows the Konami Code: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. It’s seared into my memory from years of Contra. Well most of us are now grown, and we’ve moved on to bigger, more expensive toys, like the Nissan GT-R. And the GT-R has a cool secret code of it’s own.
I’m beyond excited about the GT-R. It’s an ultimate performance machine on par, and better in some cases, with cars more than 5 times it’s price. I mean, $75,000 (plus almost $10k in dealer markups sometimes) for a history making supercar is a bloody steal. I didn’t think it could get any better, then I found out about the launch control system.
Officially, the Nissan GT-R goes from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. That’s blistering. But say you wanted to shave off a few tenths of a second, what’s a speed freak to do? There are three switches on the dash, they allow you to change the settings for torque, suspension, and traction control. The torque switch can be set for R (for Race mode) or snow, the suspension for R or comfort, and the traction control for R or off. You can use these switches to imput the Launch Control Code.
How It’s Done
First, put the car’s transmission in manual instead of automatic. Then, switch the first two switches (torque and suspension) to R mode. And flip the third switch, the VDC traction control switch off, but hold it in the off position for 5 seconds. And now you just “do a burnout”. Hold the brake pedal down, and floor the throttle. The engine revs will rise to 4500 rpm and hover there. Release the brake and the GT-R will be off with intensity, hitting 0-60 in under 3.3 seconds.
That’s it. The Nissan GT-R’s launch control system, the real life Konami Code. Now all you need is a real life Nissan GT-R.
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