A question I frequently get asked is “Where can you use that sort of performance/power?” Considering a standard 2009 GT-R is already ridiculously fast with 485hp and Stealthzilla now produces 717hp, that is a reasonable question.
Part of the answer is, it isn’t always running 717hp. One of the joys of the Litchfield-mapped EcuTek remap software is the ability to select maps on the fly, ranging from a miserly 95 octane map to a “maximum attack” 99RON one and having variable boost levels available within all of those.
Another part of the answer is, obviously, “I take it on track”, which regular readers will know I do. Often.
However on UK roads, it is true that occasions to deploy the full 717hp are few and far between, but that just makes it more fun when they do occur. To help me keep my licence intact and stay on the right side of the law, Stinger has supplied me with a Stinger VIP system for review.
I wrote an article about their advanced speed trap protection systems a couple of years ago, when I flew out to Amsterdam to visit their HQ. Holland is the international ground zero for speed cameras (it was a Dutchman who invented the GATSO after all) with the politie sneakily hiding cameras in wheelie bins left by the roadside amongst other underhand tactics.
So it makes sense that the most advanced countermeasure systems should also come from Holland. Stinger is the only company that uses a military grade patch antenna for radar detection. This covers the broadest spectrum with the highest sensitivity -more than double the range of conventional horn antennae- but with the highest measurement accuracy of the actual frequency being received, hence minimising false alerts, the bane of traditional detectors.
The clear colour screen shows when it is picking up a signal and what type of radar it is. A trip up to Bedford Autodrome recently, showed the value of the colour coded system, with green meaning all clear, yellow: caution, and red: pay attention, imminent threat.
I found myself being more aware of my speed and when red was showing, double checking that it was legal and decent (not that it ever isn’t, of course). The alerts verified which GATSOs had active cameras.
Where the system really showed its worth, was in a small village close to the Autodrome that had recently installed a very discreet SPECS (average speed camera) system to enforce its 30mph limit. My TomTom’s GPS did not have it on its database, but the Stinger did, and moreover it monitored my average speed (again colour coded for a quick glance) to make sure it stayed within the limit and notified me when the SPECS zone finished.
Where legal, you can add optional laser protection and like the radar detection, should you travel into a country where such systems are illegal, you can delete all such functionality from the software with the touch of a button.
As with all premium products, quality costs and Stinger are certainly at the very highest end of the price spectrum, with the VIP system starting from £2,250+ VAT including fitting, although there are Stinger systems starting from £1200.
It certainly adds peace of mind, particularly when travelling through less familiar territory. It doesn’t give you licence to speed, but acts as a smart reminder to watch your speed, which is especially useful in a car as deceptively quick as Stealthzilla.
[Details of Stinger systems can be found at www.stinger.com and www.stingerdsi.co.uk]
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