1. SP Engineering
Location: Industry, CA
Specialty: Nissan GT-R, Toyota Supra
The '90s were the Golden Age of tuning. Dragstrip-prepped Hondas were breaking front-wheel-drive paradigms and rear-wheel-drive Japanese sports cars were easily tuned to double their factory horsepower. Sadly, few of these shops are around today. SP Engineering survived.
Known for building Toyota Supras, Mazda RX-7s, and imported Nissan Skyline GT-Rs that pulled high horsepower numbers on the dyno, many of the shop's builds graced the covers and pages of tuning magazines worldwide. With experience in GT-Rs and monster power, the guys at SP applied their expertise on the new R35 Nissan GT-R. Among SP's numerous 1k-plus pony builds across the globe is a GT-R owned by Hing Yim. An avid enthusiast, Hing’s GT-R was the first customer-owned Nissan to break the elusive 8-second quarter-mile barrier. To put that into perspective, a $2.4 millon Bugatti Veyron Super Sport "only" runs a 9.7-second down the 1,320.