A 2,000-HP Nissan GT-R Gets More Than a Run For Its Money From a 1,600-HP Chevy Silverado
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A 2,000-HP Nissan GT-R Gets More Than a Run For Its Money From a 1,600-HP Chevy Silverado

A 1,600 hp Chevy Silverado schools a 2,000 hp Nissan GT-R in the art of gapping

Whether stock or modified, the Nissan GT-R is a very quick car. That said, it is not the only capable platform, especially when it comes to building a very fast drag car. In this “This vs That”, Hoonigan drag race, a twin-turbo Chevy Silverado 1500 drag truck goes up against a more powerful Nissan GT-R. The Silverado previously beat a Tesla Model S Plaid, but this time, it goes up against Godzilla. Get ready to get your hearts and driveshafts broken.

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

A 2,000-HP Nissan GT-R Gets More Than a Run For Its Money From a 1,600-HP Chevy Silverado
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The humble pickup truck was transformed into its current form in the course of just one year. Its power comes from a fully-built, 427 cubic-inch LSX V-8 engine with twin-79mm turbochargers. Turbo 400 three-speed automatic sends power to the rear wheels. In its current setup, the truck runs on alcohol and puts out 1,500 horsepower, but it can go up to over 1,700 horsepower. With an 8.3-second quarter-mile time, this Chevy is the current record-holder for the fastest full-size pick-up truck, despite weighing in at 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg).

2012 Nissan GT-R

A 2,000-HP Nissan GT-R Gets More Than a Run For Its Money From a 1,600-HP Chevy Silverado
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By all means, the Nissan GT-R looks like the more expensive build of the two. It’s all-carbon-fiber and features a billet, 4.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 with twin-68mm Precision turbochargers. There are lots of parts from the AMS catalog, including the intake manifold and intercooler, as well as Bosch throttle bodies, carbon-fiber driveshaft, and more. As it is, Godzilla makes around 2,000 horsepower, but is capable of 2,200, according to the owner. The transmission is a GR6, six-speed DCT. The quarter-mile is dealt with in 7.54 seconds. It tips the scales at 3,750 pounds (1,700 kg).

The Drag Race

A 2,000-HP Nissan GT-R Gets More Than a Run For Its Money From a 1,600-HP Chevy Silverado
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As always, it’s the best out of three, with the first run being a heads-up race at 1,000 feet. Disaster strikes as the GT-R’s carbon-fiber driveshaft gets disintegrated halfway down the runway, granting an easy win to the Chevy pickup truck.

A 2,000-HP Nissan GT-R Gets More Than a Run For Its Money From a 1,600-HP Chevy Silverado
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Luckily, replacing the driveshaft took only an hour, after which round two was underway. Apparently, the Chevy driver was worried he might lose this time and he jumped the start. The Nissan GT-R gave up chasing the truck, midway.

A 2,000-HP Nissan GT-R Gets More Than a Run For Its Money From a 1,600-HP Chevy Silverado
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Race 3 is finally a proepr race between the 2 cars
As always, the Chevy makes a better start. However, halfway down the strip, the GT-R catches up and wins by a fender

We finally get a proper race in round three. Both cars start out at the exact same time this time and for a while, it looks like the Chevy is about to win. However, halfway down the strip it almost looks like it had hit a wall, allowing the GT-R to edge ahead and win by a fender. Finally, a proper battle between these two high-horsepower monsters, and a close one at that. Although Godzilla claimed another victory, the race was worryingly close versus the less powerful pickup truck with humble origins.


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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