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Watch Three Differently Tuned Nissan GT-Rs Hit The Drag Strip For A Friendly Family Competition

The three GT-Rs are far from stock and make more than 3,200 horsepower combined!

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Do you know what’s better than one Nissan GT-R? Well, three Nissan GT-Rs! The ‘Carwow’ team brought three Godzillas to the drag strip to take on each other. All of them were tuned differently and made a lot more power than the stock model. The least powerful GT-R in this race made 650 ponies and the most powerful made 1,600 horses. The other was no slouch either and it made 1,000 horses. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how the races will end; but, will there be any upset victories here?

The GT-R Trio Makes Over 3,200 Horses Combined!

In the stock form, the Nissan GT-R comes with a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that puts 550 horses and 457 pound-feet of torque. The wheels are powered by a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

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The 1,600-HP GT-R came with a 4.1-liter built V-6 that put out 1,202 lb/ft of torque. It had almost $137,000 worth of mods made to it and was the favorite going into the race

Now, coming to these three examples.

The first Nissan GT-R’s V-6 engine has been re-built to displace 4.1 and it consumes ethanol. It puts out an astounding 1,600 horses and 1,202 pound-feet of torque!

The transmission is also rebuilt to handle all that power. There’s no word on it, but it could still have six speeds as the standard gearbox. It has about £100,000 ($137,000 approx.) of mods on it in total.

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The second GT-R wasn’t bored and the block was still a 3.8-liter V-6, but things like the rods and pistons were changed, and hybrid turbos were fitted. The result of this was 1,000 horses and 848 pound-feet of twist.

Power was sent to the wheels via a strengthened six-speed automatic gearbox. The mods on this were worth £35,000 ($48,000 approx.). What’s impressive here is that this car was tuned around six years ago, has clocked around 30,000 miles, and has never broken.

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The last GT-R only had an ECU remap, a new intake, and a new exhaust. Courtesy of this, it now made 650 HP and 620 lb/ft of torque from its 3.8-liter V-6 mill

The final GT-R had the least mods made to it. All it had was an ECU remap, a new intake, and a new exhaust.

Courtesy of this, it now made 650 horses and 620 pound-feet of torque. from its 3.8-liter V-6.

The 1,600-Horsepower GT-R Is A Beast

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The most powerful GT-R has an elaborate launch process to it. Mat got it right from the first race and was in a league of its own from the beginning. It just sped off the line and stayed its course till the very end. The other GT-Rs had a battle amongst themselves, but no surprises there as the 1,000-horsepower GT-R beat its 650-horsepower rival. The second race was no different either. As for the timings, the 1,600-HP GT-R took 9.2 seconds to complete the quarter-mile race, whereas the 1,000-HP and the 650-HP GT-Rs took 10.3 seconds and 11.3 seconds, respectively.

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After the drag races, the central diff in the 1,600-HP GT-R failed and it could only run in the rear-wheel-drive model. But, the team decided to retire it and raced the other two cars for the rest of the rounds

For the first rolling race, the cars were locked in in the second gear from 30 mph. The 650-HP Nissan had a better kickdown and took the lead for a brief period (it was later revealed that the car jumped the start), but the 1,000-HP GT-R eventually overtook it and won the race.

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The second rolling race had the same result, with the only difference being the lesser horsepower GT-R not getting a lead at all this time. They raced again, this time from 50 mph in third gear. The 650-HP Nissan had its nose ahead at kickdown, but couldn’t keep up and lost eventually.

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The final round was a brake test from 70 mph. The brake discs on the 1,000-horsepower GT-R had worn out and it was evident due to the wobbly steering witnesses in the previous race. That resulted in it taking a long distance to come to a halt when compared to the 650-horsepower GT-R.

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In the end, the 1,600-horsepower GT-R won the drag races, the 1,000-horsepower GT-R won the rolling races, and the 650-horsepower GT-R won the brake test. Watch the video below and share your thoughts on which car you would pick out of these three if you were to keep it got a few years with you at least.

Sidd Dhimaan
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