1,500HP Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Vs Nissan GT-R Drag Race: Video
Drag racing doesn’t quite enjoy same popularity among our friends in England that it does on our shores, but the goal is still the same: Get from one end of a quarter mile stretch of tarmac to the other as quickly as possible. The owner of this 1,500-horsepower R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R seems to have found a pretty good way to accomplish that task.
The setting is Santa Pod Raceway in Bedfordshire, and this Skyline has no problem outrunning anything that dares roll up to the opposing lane. An R35 Nissan GT-R, a lesser R-34, and a high-strung Mazda RX-7 are all left behind in the wake of this blue beast. Even in bracket races, in which the opposing car gets a head start, are no problem. To add insult, it rattles off an incredible 8.3-second run at 163 mph on its final run.
The R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R’s 2.6-liter, twin-turbo RB26DETT engine is notable, not just because its name sounds like a Star Wars droid, but also for how robust and easily tunable it is. Tuners regularly extract 600 horsepower from these things with no internal modifications. Further modifications could yield a relatively reliable 1000-horsepower and up, as this example proves.