One thousand metres in 18.35 seconds!

2015-08-13 06:00
Stelios Sissou is SA’s fastest man breaking the 1 000 metre barrier with an official speed of 346.3 km/h in his Nissan


Stelios Sissou is SA’s fastest man breaking the 1 000 metre barrier with an official speed of 346.3 km/h in his Nissan GT-R35. Photo: NISSAN

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Stelios Sissou is SA’s fastest man over one kilometre, breaking the 1 000 metre barrier with an official speed of 346.3 km/h at ODI Raceway last Sunday.

The Gauteng businessman shattered his 2014 record for street-legal cars in his Bilstein-backed 1 200kW Nissan GT-R35 at the annual One Kilometre Invitational.

An enthusiastic crowd, which flocked to the popular Pretoria dragstrip to see over 100 of the country’s fastest cars in action, erupted into spontaneous applause as the commentator announced the result.

With his own record of 337 km/h and a strong contingent of GT-R35 rivals to beat, the car underwent further refinements, primarily an upgrade to Bilstein’s sophisticated Modular Damper System (MDS) suspension which allows fine-tuning of the shock absorbers. The rate of compression and extension (commonly referred to as bump and rebound) as well as ride height can be adjusted.

This enables start-line traction to be optimised, while at the same time ensuring maximum stability at velocities beyond the take-off speed of a jet fighter.

“The Modular Damper System is Bilstein’s flagship product for high-performance cars. It allows for quick and easy changes to bump and rebound via colour-coded rotary adjusters and with a little more effort ride height can also be altered,” explains Bilstein’s Ted Garstang.

According to Stelios, he went for a very conservative start strategy and didn’t use launch control.

“But when it did all hook up it was like riding a rocket ship - talk about warp speed! I’ve already decided that we’ll be back next year to defend our crown … and not just to win but break 350 km/h,” concluded Stelios

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