Yeah, we know we’ve been posting a lot of content about the Nissan GTR lately. We can’t help it — it’s such a great, powerful ride and we know you horsepower freaks can’t get enough of it either. That’s why we’re bringing you World’s Greatest Drag Race 4, featuring the GTR and 9 other super-competitive sports cars.
The Sports Cars
The cars toeing the line in this supercharged race are:
- Alfa Romeo 4C 2015 – 237 HP
- BMW i8 2015 – 357 HP
- BMW M4 2015 – 425 HP
- Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2014 – 505 HP
- Ford Fiesta ST 2014 – 197 HP
- Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 2015 – 550 HP
- Nissan GT-R Nismo 2015 – 600 HP
- Porsche 911 Turbo S 2014 – 560 HP
- Subaru WRX STI 2015 – 305 HP
- Volkswagen Golf GTI 2015 – 217 HP
The GTR has won the World’s Great Drag Race two other times, and its only true competitor today is the Porsche. All of the cars featured here were nominated 2014 Best Driver’s Cars by Motor Trend. It’s a neat experience to see so many powerful cars competing at once. Obviously, each of them has totally different specs and performance assets. Well, now that you’ve got the specs let’s get to the action.
The Supercharged Action
The first two minutes of the video give you some specs, context and an overview of the race. If you’re jonesing for the action, you can skip ahead to the 2:40 mark, when the racers are given a 3-second countdown.
After that, a variety of camera angles shows the cars from the start through to the quarter-mile mark where the race ends. It can be hard to get used to the switching back and forth, and certainly disorienting to determine what car is in the lead or even what car they are following at any given point. You may want to watch the video a few times to really unpack the action.
Pretty early on, the Porsche and the GTR Nismo break out of the pack, as expected. The other cars don’t even have a chance. The two continue to dominate the race, crossing the finish line fairly close together. The Porsche takes it, completing a quarter-mile in just 10.9 seconds with a top speed of 126 mph. The GTR Nismo takes second with a time to finish of 11.1 seconds and a top speed of 125.5 mph. The third-place car, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, trails behind the Porsche and comes in at 11.8 seconds, with a top speed of just 122.3 mph. Coming in dead last, the Ford Fiesta ST takes 14.9 seconds and can’t even reach top speeds of 100 mph.
As you might expect, it’s pretty much horsepower that really does determine the day — although the GTR was upstaged by the Porsche this year. If you’ve been contemplating getting your own sports car, this video offers a super handy overview of what to expect from top performers. It’s a must see. If you missed any of the previous World’s Great Drag Race videos, don’t forget to check those out too!