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
I was cruising Eric Hsu’s site and saw this pic. I jacked it, but I know Eric jacked it from somewhere too. In fact, if I know him as well as I think I know him, he would be proud I jacked it from him. Anyhow, if I was racing in Super GT, I’d be crapping my pants right now. Currently ranked #1 in Super GT is the Autobacs Racing Team Aguri and their Arta NSX. I have a lot of respect for the NSX.. but like I said before, all hail the new King.
I can picture it now.. its like when my ex-coworker used to go on and on about his Corvette (pre-Z06, whatever that was) and how he could smoke anything and this and that.. and then he turned to me and said, while chuckling, “bet ain’t no import can do that, yuk yuk yuk..”.. so I looked up at the sky for a minute.. scratched my wanna-be goatee and said.. “well, actually.. my friend’s 94 Toyota Supra makes 750 horsepower to the wheels on race gas.. but if you ever catch him on the street, he’s probably not running race gas, in which case he’s probably only making like 650 horsepower to the wheels because he had to turn down the boost”.. it was pure joy to watch his stupid grinning face disintegrate into a look of pure sourness and disgust..
Yeah, that’s what I think of when I imagine the look on the Arta NSX driver’s face when the Nissan Skyline R35 GT-R Racecar rolls out of the semi trailer and fires up the Nissan IRL V8.. I’d pay to be there to photograph it.
If you have time, check out Eric’s other post about wack stuff he saw at SEMA.. if you’ve never met Eric, trust me when I say he writes EXACTLY how he speaks in real life.. typos n’ all 😆
0-60 in 3.5 seconds
11.7 second quarter mile
192 MPH top speed
473 hp/433 lb-ft
Autoweek has more information and pictures posted
From what I’ve heard, when Nissan commissioned the design of the cylinder heads and block, the design spec specified that it must be able to handle 1,000 horesepower. With the stock configuration putting out 473 horsepower with 11 second quarter mile performance, I can’t wait until some–one who “knows what to do with it” gets a hold of that car.
Hopefully Toyota has something lined up that will be just as exciting when the Supra makes a return. If they stick to the normally aspirated route, then they’re just plain stupid.
All hail the new King.
I had the opportunity to go to the Formula Drift Finals this year on a DSport press pass. One cool thing that Formula Drift did this time was to limit “press vests” to magazines only. Meaning, if you weren’t there taking photos for a magazine, you don’t get a press vest. The press vest allowed you to get on the in-field. I think that did a lot to keep the in-field relatively open. In the past, there’d be like 50 people cramped in the confines of 4 concrete barriers. If you didn’t head down to the in-field an hour ahead of time, you weren’t going to get a good spot. During qualifying, there was probably only like 6-8 people on the in-field.
Anyhow, I was pretty excited about going this time since Robbie Nishida qualified 1st out of the non-seeded drivers the day before. Ed was pretty excited about the prospects of the next day’s main event. Robbie ended up qualifying 7th overall, under Rhys Millen, JR, and Tanner Foust (not in that order). Unfortunately, Robbie was too aggressive during the first round against #10 qualifier Bill Sherman and spun out just before the finish line.
Anyhow, this was the first time I’ve seen the Rockstar/Nitto Nissan Silvia S15. And I must say, its my new favorite car in the Formula Drift lineup. The Nissan Silvia S15 is just a nice car, period. Throw on an aggressive color scheme, some wheels and a good ride height and it looks crazy. Prior to this car, I really liked the RS*R Nissan Silvia S15. The white/red color scheme looked really good on that car. In contrast, I’m not too cool with the Hankook Nissan Silvia S15. It just looks old or something. I think its just too black/white and the orange makes it look “dated”.
Anyhow, I think I got a fair amount of decent pics. Here’s one of my favorites so far. I still have a few hundred to go through. But I posted a few on Flickr so far. Check ’em out.
I had the opportunity once again to head out to Long Beach to shoot some pics of drifting at the Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach season opener. For those who have never been to the event or even read about it, the event actually uses a portion of the actual Long Beach Grand Prix. Last year when I went, I was using Ed’s 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM and 16-35mm f2.8L USM. I realized that at most of the track side photo spots, something in the 50-70mm range would’ve been good.. or, if you’re good, then you just pack the 70-200 and compose tight.. well, I’m not good, so something in the 50-70mm range would’ve been good for me.. so this year, I headed out with my 24-70mm f2.8L USM (yes, 24-70, not 28-70.. but that’s another story) and my 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM. During the qualifying sessions, the 24-70mm worked out pretty good.. I could’ve gone tighter, but there weren’t that many “windows” cut out in the chain-link fence so each window was packed.. having the 24-70mm allowed me to get good panning motion without slapping someone in the face with 14″ of hard lens..
In the afternoon, I picked a new spot and switched between the 70-200 and 24-70.. a 18-250mm lens would’ve worked out nicely.. anyway, I shot small JPG + RAW.. small JPG for the quick reviewing on my laptop and RAW for any images that need to be processed for whatever.. I picked out a few that I thought I’d share..
My first panning shot with my new 24-70mm f2.8L USM
Finally, a decent shot of the Q Racing/Peak Performance 240SX S14
The finals, Haruguchi vs. Foust.. Tanner didnt make it to the final run so Haruguchi won the season opener.. keep your eye on this guy.. he’s good..