Home / Featured Tuner / Auto Tamer

Auto Tamer

This instant classic is the 2013 Nissan GTR Premium Edition. This car is best known for outperforming other cars with a much larger sticker price. No, it’s not the fastest production car on the road, nor is it the most attractive. One thing is for sure, no other car demands more respect than the GTR. With the 2013 version, the 3.8 liter twin-turbo V-6 has received an injection to produce 545 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a dual clutch transmission and a trick all-wheel drive system, the Godzilla is in proper shape to perform light duty work against 911 Turbo’s, M3’s, Z06’s, and sometimes R8’s.

Guaranteed To Increase Horsepower




This 100% bone stock Godzilla wrapped in 3M skin is owned by Shifting Lanes’ dear friend, John, and he is a Shifting Lanes Featured Tuner. “How does a bone stock car qualify you as a Featured Tuner” you ask? Well it’s because it has a lot more to do with the man than the car. John’s car resume is nothing like you have ever seen. He is a passionate car nut that has gone through more cars in his lifetime (in a good way) than most people go through oil changes.

Below is a partial list of the cars he has owned at one point (and what we think of them):

2005 Subaru Forester XT (6 speed w/ STI turbo swap) – Can you say sleeper?!

2005 Subaru STI (Cobb stage II) – We feel this is where John got his appetite for turbo’d all-wheel drive behemoths

2001 Porsche Turbo – Where else can you get an RR experience?

1966 Mustang Coupe – Much respect, John. What a classic!

2007 BMW 335i – My personal favorite!

2008 BMW 135i – A nice ride in a compact package.

2009 BMW 135i w/ Cobb Stage II 420hp – A beastly ride in a compact package

2003 Honda S2000 – The only drop top Shifting Lanes will publicly endorse.

2006 Nissan 350Z w/ Stillen Supercharger – Superchargers make anything better.

2003 Mercedes SL500 – What were you thinking? We all make mistakes.

2011 BMW Z4 3.5is – One of John’s favorites.

1972 Mini Cooper S – What can we say besides… Cool!

1974 Aussie Mini Cooper w/ Acura RSX engine swap – Torque steer much?

2005 Porsche 911 S w/ Matte Silver Wrap – Ok, this is just not fair!

See below for the gallery:

With this impressive car history we asked John where he found his passion from, and his story is a cookbook recipe for turning a normal little child into a useless member of society: The Gearhead.
[quote]My automotive passion goes back as far as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, I was more into classic cars. The ’57 Chevy was my first dream car as a kid and I loved everything about that car. When I entered middle school my focus went towards sports cars. I remember going for a ride in a 1997 911 Turbo in red with tan leather interior and fell instantly in love with Porsche.[/quote]
We don’t have any footage of John as a child but we like to think it was sort of like this:
When we asked him about his first car, we then fully understood how his passion was put into overdrive. Typically most people’s first car is a pile of junk that would test a person’s love for anything automotive, but his first was none other than:
[quote]The 2001 Subaru 2.5 RS. I got my first car when I was 17 and, Man! Did I love that car. AWD, 5 speed, 2 door, flat four engine… so much fun. It was such a different car on the roads with those HUGE fog lights mounted up front. I ended up doing a lot of modifications on that car.[/quote]
He has come a long way from a scrappy Subaru to the venerable GTR. He mentions that his favorite classic car is the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, while his everyday dream car is the 2015 Porsche Turbo S, and his all time dream car is the 1995 McLaren F1 GTR. With this impressive list of dream cars and his already astounding car history, the crew at Shifting Lanes are all wondering where will he go from here? One thing is certain, he’s having a blast with the GTR.
Do you have a suggestion as to who should be our next “Featured Tuner”? Let us know!

About Hansen

The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

Leave a reply

Simple Share Buttons