Richard Hammond Races Porsche 918 Against Nissan Patrol: Video
The Porsche 918 Spyder is a monumentally fast machine. Rocking a 4.6-liter V-8 internal combustion engine paired with a dual set of electric motors and seven-speed PDK transmission, this German monster lays down upwards of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough hutzpah to push the Porsche to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, with the top speed rated at 211 mph. So it’s quick, that much is obvious. But, as Richard Hammond finds out in this video, no matter how fast you might think you are, there’s always something quicker. This time around, that something just so happens to be a Nissan Patrol SUV with a few choice modifications.
You’re probably asking – “how can this rather humdrum Japanese box on wheels compete with the Teutonic insanity that is the 918?” A quick glance won’t reveal much. But take a closer look, and you’ll start to notice this isn’t just any Nissan. The biggest giveaway is in the corners, where a four piece of uber-gummy Hoosier race slicks provide the traction. Then there’s the front end, where a somewhat Godzilla-esque grille shows some teeth, plus there are sporty-looking vents lining the hood. That’s right – this sleeper is hiding a full Nissan GT-R engine and AWD drivetrain under the hood, tuned to deliver a whopping 1,900 turbocharged horsepower! Suddenly, Dubai’s local selection of supercars might have something to think about…
It looks like the folks over at AMS Performance have scratched another entry into the history books with the Alpha Omega GT-R, this time via a 7.70-second blast down the 1320 at 186 mph. Throw in the fact that this car sports a full interior and stock body, and that accomplishment becomes even more impressive.
The team battled uncooperative weather and malfunctioning timing equipment at Royal Purple Raceway in Bayside, Texas, but managed to lay down the record-setting run once the clocks were fixed, the rain clouds had dispersed, and the track had dried.
Watching the video, it appears as though the laws of physics are broken when this highly-tuned Godzilla rips out of the hole in an all-wheel-drive wheelie, followed by a mad scramble for traction as the monstrous power coming from the tweaked-out turbo V-6 makes it to the ground via large drag radials. As the clouds creep in and the lightening flashes off in the distance, you can feel the gravity of the moment.
According to the AMS website, the Alpha Omega car holds the record for fastest and quickest GT-R in the quarter mile, as well as quickest 30-to-130 mph at 3.32 seconds, 100-to-150 mph at 2.15 seconds, and 0-to-300 km/h (or 186 mph) at 7.56 seconds. When we last saw it, horsepower figures came in somewhere around 1,700, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more now in the search for extra tenths.
While AMS might save some time stripping out the interior and replacing body pieces with lightened composites, we actually like how stock this thing is (that is, if a car with a parachute could be considered "stock"). You can bet this won’t be the last time you see the Alpha Omega GT-R, and we’re excited to see where AMS takes it next.
Any time you have two supercars that pack outputs of well over 1,000 horsepower, the idea is to get these two exotics in one location to see who could outpace the other in an extreme high-powered race.
Recently, such a thing happened when a 1,600-horsepower, Underground Racing-tuned Lamborghini Gallardo matched wits with a 1,500-horsepower Nissan GT-R.
It was, as the video calls it, an "epic battle".
We’re not going to spoil the fun because this drag race deserves your full attention. The Gallardo and the GT-R have not only become tuning favorites in their own right, but the two models have been pitted against each other in a lot of similar races.
Of course, we can’t remember the last time both cars carried in excess of 1,500 horsepower when they duked it out for racing supremacy, so consider this a lucky treat for all of us.
It’s the Gallardo versus the GT-R all over again. Only this time, both come with enough power to put other exotics to shame.
So, we have already had a quick look-see at the Red Katana GT-R a few weeks ago and we were pretty impressed at how it looked on paper. Now we actually get a good look at it in action, as it runs down the quarter mile boasting all 1,000-plus horsepower when on pump gas and 1,300 horsepower on race gas.
This monster rips off an impressive time at an unthinkable speed from a street car. To boot, this car is a whopping 300 lbs heavier than the model you can pick up at the local Nissan dealer. It’s hilarious and impressive to watch the above video for two key reasons. The first reason is that a more “street-friendly” car is in the lane next to the Red Katana and takes off well before the Katana does. Within a blink of an eye, the Katana takes off and reels in the other car like it was stopped. It is simply astounding.
The second part, which carries even more weight, is the slip delivery. An older gentleman that probably delivers 10-second slips all day every day and likely is not too often impressed, was overwhelmed by the numbers this beast pulled. The driver then alerts the man that the car is not only street legal, but also weighs 300 lbs more than a stock GT-R. The slip delivery man has a few choice words of astonishment for the driver’s efforts.
You may want to make sure the kids are out of the room, the ending has a little salty language. By salty, we mean a few Eff-bombs…
Enjoy...and try not to drool.
We all understand the perils that come with engaging in something as dangerous as drag racing. But even if you’re pretty much risking life and limb at the thrill of the ride, a lot of people still strap on their seat belts to push the proverbial pedal to the metal.
This video, however, illustrates just how quickly things can go wrong in a drag strip. A pair of Nissan GT-Rs were primed and ready for some racing action but shortly after the green light turned on, the driver of one of the GT-Rs immediately loses control of his car, sending it spinning out of control and barely avoiding the cement walls not once, not twice, but three times!
Luckily, the driver managed to reign in his Godzilla before heading to the finish line with his car still intact and, more importantly, his body still in the right place.
Here’s to hoping the driver is more careful next time around.
When most people just see a Nissan GT-R, they are in awe of this seminal feat of engineering. This car offers super car performance and practicality that perhaps makes it the best daily driver on the road today. Yet the Chicago based tuning company, AMS Performance, looked at the GT-R and set themselves a monumental engineering challenge. Cue dramatic music; they set out to build the fastest GT-R . To make this daunting challenge even harder the engineers from AMS kept the GT-R’s stock interior and amenities like air conditioning.
To accomplish the task, they endowed a GTR with 1,500 horsepower. That’s 300 more horsepower than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. This car is like showing up to an 8th grade science class with a Polaris missile while everybody else has a stomp rocket.
So did these engineers from Chicago accomplish their lofty goal? The answer is a resounding yes. This car posted the fastest GT-R quarter mile in history, posting a time of 8.97 second a astonishing 169 miles an hour.
Check out the video of this record breaking quarter mile run!
What does one do when they want an even playing field in terms of automobile racing? Well, get two cars of the same brand and same model line-up, head over to a clean piece of road, and start burning rubber! Of course, there’s always a want and a way to make it a little more interesting. In that case, get these same two cars and give them a chance to be fine-tuned by different tuning houses in an effort to determine how each one will try to outperform the other.
That’s what this video is about and that is exactly what these car fanatics did. And so, after everything’s said and done, the two machines are out for their day in the sun. Both are Nissan GT-Rs. One was fine-tuned by Novidem, while the other was worked on by Cobb. One could say that in addition to finding out which GT-R will reign supreme, we’re out here to also find out which tuning house can stick it to one another.
So, here it is, the battle of the upgraded Godzillas. GT-R versus GT-R. Novidem versus Cobb. Something definitely has to give.
If looks could kill, this car can definitely take a bite out of you – and yeah, it’s got some power behind that bite too.
This car is the Project Zed dragste, a car powered by a Nissan 350Z and is created, owned, and driven by John Bradshaw. The car is currently headed to the FIA European Finals at the Santa Pod Raceway where it is set to unleash its fury on those lucky enough to witness it.
This car is more than just a menace on the hood – it’s got some massive power underneath it too. Then again, having a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces as much as 1,900 horsepower can be considered as a monster, right?
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Do you remember the drag racing video we brought you a few weeks ago that featured a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering tuned Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 walking all over an 800 HP all wheel drive Nissan GT-R modified by Switzer Performance, well here is the “revanche,” an old French world which means the act of retaliation or revenge and was brought to us by our Russian friends at Dragtimes.info. While last time the Nissan had a hard time puling away without jumping the gun, this time it is Godzilla who lays claim to victory on the icy highways of Moscow. Either way, both the Switzer P800 and LPE ZR1 are amazing cars capable of doing 202 MPH in traffic. What would be interesting to see is how both cars would fare from a launch. Sending 800 HP though the GT-R’s transaxle might be enough to make the affordable super car take a bow.