It’s going to be the rivalry that is the topic of GTR discussion for the next few months since Nissan has publicly claimed that one of their objectives was to smoke the “benchmark” Porsche 911 Turbo. I’ve read differing reports, but apparently its already been done at Nurburgring in Germany.
My friend Rich emailed me a couple links tonight from Car Magazine in the UK. They were able to get a hold of the FIRST Nissan Skyline R35 GT-R that was imported into the UK. The owner of the car picked it up and drove it to Rockingham where they were conducting the test. The Porsche 911 Turbo was a “press car” and the commentators mentioned that the car was prepped for this test since Porsche wanted to know what the car would be tested against. Since the Porsche 911 Turbo suffers the “not my car” syndrome, the driver beats on the car for about 6 or 7 laps. His best time was 83.10 seconds (and if you watch the video, you’ll see he had many in the 84 second range).
After some goofing around (to dry the track, they destroy the rear tires of a BMW E92 M3), he jumps in the Nissan Skyline R35 GT-R. It seems like he only does ONE lap, mainly because he’s scared of trashing the car and its brand new and privately owned. But that one lap was 82.10 seconds. Yes, one (1) full second faster than the Porsche 911 Turbo. And again, this was his one and only lap. Even after getting out of the car, he felt the car could’ve gone faster if he could spend more time with it.
Anyhow, watch the video. The BMW E92 M3 makes a good drift car.
Part I: The Porsche 911 Turbo @ Rockingham, inner track, 83.10 seconds best lap
Part II: The Nissan Skyline R35 GT-R @ Rockingham, inner track, 82.10 seconds best lap