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Driving The Pilatus R35

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We stumbled across a great article today on the Any Given Reason blog today titled "Driven – The 700hp carbon clad R35 GTR".

It's a great article by Andrew Coles about what it's like to be thrown the keys to one of the most hardcore road registered tarmac rally cars in Australia and one of our best known customers' cars, the Pilatus R35.

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The Pilatus R35 was the very first car in the world to receive one of our detachable paddle shifter systems for the R35. The car in Seb's very capable hands won the Mt Alma Mile, has carbon composite brake disks, and is road registered.

The article starts out with ...


"‘Do you want to have a drive?’ When this question is asked of me, the answer is almost always invariably ‘yes’, said without a moments hesitation. But when this completely unexpected question was asked in relation to Seb’s R35 GTR, my initial reaction was a strange combination of extreme trepidation, nervousness and excitement."


One of our favourite lines from the article is this ...


"I was lucky enough to spend about an hour behind the wheel, however this car is simply too fast for the public road so my time was mostly limited to the kind of motoring that doesn’t really require 700hp."


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This section of the article is also brilliantly written ...


"As a tool for setting fast lap times (try low 1.12’s around Mallala) and covering ground quickly, Seb’s GTR is like nothing else on this planet. Our in-car footage recorded 1g of lateral acceleration off the line, and a 0-100 time of 2.8 seconds. That is simply astonishing; those sorts of figures were the reserve of dedicated open wheel racecars less than a decade ago, and this in a car that can be driven on the public road. But the fun in this car is what you can do with it; the car itself is simply a tool for completing a job. In terms of pure enjoyment, the R35 is no more fun to drive than an old classic roadster with big Weber carbies. But for those rare occasions when you can really unleash it, it will simply blow you away. And that, in itself, is enough of a reason for me."


Congrats on a great article Andrew.

Check out the full article at Any Given Reason, the article on our site about the car, and the page of videos of the car at the links below ...

Article on Any Given Reason ...

http://anygivenreason.com/2011/09/06/quick-spin-the-700hp-carbon-clad-r35-gtr/

You can find The Tuners Group's article about the car in our customer cars gallery ...

http://www.tunersgroup.com/Cars/

You can view incar video of the car here ...

http://www.tunersgroup.com/Videos/pilatus_r35.html

created on 2013-03-15 07:10:46 by TTG

updated on 2013-03-15 08:06:16