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Can a Big Turbo Corvette Take On a Highly Modified GT-R?

A big turbo, big block chevy and a twin-turbo GT-R go at it in an epic drag race

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When It comes to rivalries, there are few battles that are as epic as Godzilla versus Kong. This one may very well be the automotive analog of that. The YouTube channel Hoonigan brings us another drag race and this one is truly epic. We have two highly modified drag cars – a 2005 C6 Corvette and a 2009 R35 GT-R. Both make well over 1,000 horsepower and are ready to throw down in a 1,000-foot drag race. Can big turbo and big displacement keep up with Godzilla’s twin-turbo fury?

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As you would expect, both cars represent very different ways of making big power. The Corvette is equipped with an LSX 427 (7.0-liter) OHV V-8 and a 98 mm single turbo, which sticks out like a satellite dish. You literally cannot put a hood because of how big the turbocharger is. Jason – the owner of the car – says the “Vette” makes 1,700 horsepower at 21 pounds of boost. For this drag race, the power has been turned down to 1,500.

On a prepped surface Jason runs 30 psi, which is good for around 2,000 horsepower.

The gearbox of choice is a two-speed power-glide. The car weighs 3,300 pounds (1,497 kg) without the driver, but today it has 300 pounds worth of ballast in the rear for extra traction.

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In the other corner, we have a Nissan GT-R named Kimbo. The car is known for blowing an intake manifold in the past, at the GT-R World Cup, but it’s all sorted out now. The VR38DETT engine has been enlarged from 3.8 to 4.1 liters thanks to a stroker crank.

It retains the stock six-speed DCT gearbox, although it has been built to handle the 2,000 horsepower the car now makes.

It also has a lot of carbon-fiber and fiberglass components and weighs around 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg) with the driver inside. The car also has all-wheel drive although it’s rear-wheel-biased, so it will definitely have the advantage off the line.

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The GT-R is supposedly tuned down a bit, although the driver doesn’t say by how much. The Corvette is down on power, but its big block should mean more engine torque. Both cars weigh about the same, but the GT-R’s all-wheel-drive and quick-shifting DCT gearbox are tough to beat.

It’s the best out of three races and the first one is a head-to-head 500-foot drag between the two. The Corvette actually has a better reaction time, which allows it to take the lead, but the GT-R quickly catches up and takes the win with ease.

The second race was exactly the same – 500 feet, heads up, but the Corvette “gets the head” (this time intentionally). It seems both cars struggle for traction, but the end result is another win for Godzilla. The GT-R wins by about three and a half car lengths.

For the sake of entertainment, the drivers decided to do a third bonus race. This time, the Corvette gets two car lengths. Check out the video above if you want to see how that goes. Also, which car would you take for a drive if you get the chance?

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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