Godzilla steps up to take on F1 car as Toyota 86 is forced out
With their 1300-horsepower Toyota 86 out of action, the Car Advice crew turned to a Nissan GT-R to take on a Formula One car.
At the end of last month, we told you about a bizarre drag race that was scheduled between an insane Toyota 86 and an actual Formula One car.
Now, if you were waiting to hear about the result, you’re going to be (slightly) disappointed. That’s because the aforementioned drag race never actually happened. Unfortunately, according to caradvice.com.au, the 86 destroyed a CV joint while competing in the afternoon time attack session, leaving it unable to compete in the much anticipated drag race showdown.
Luckily, the guys at Car Advice didn’t want to admit defeat and quickly found another vehicle to race against the Footwork Arrows F1 car.
After a quick scout around the time-attack garages, the Car Advice crew laid eyes on Matt Longhurst’s 1000-horsepower (746kW) R34 Nissan GT-R (shown above) – the lap record holder for tin-tops around the shortened Adelaide Motorsport Festival circuit.
While the Nissan boasted less power and torque than the 86 that was originally lined up to race, its all-wheel-drive nature was expected to balance things up a bit. In fact, Longhurst’s GT-R was only seconds slower than the F1 cars around the track all afternoon.
Moments later, Todd Hazelwood – 2017 Super 2 Dunlop series champion – took his place behind the wheel of the time-attack Godzilla and the race was ready to begin.
You can find out who won in the video below. Before you watch it, here are the respective stats of each vehicle at a glance:
1994 Footwork “FA15” Formula One car
- Engine: Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5L V8. 620hp (462 kW at the engine) at 10,750 rpm
- Weight: ~515kg (dry, without driver)
1999 Nissan R34 GT-R
- Engine: Billet block RB26 stroked to 2.8L. 1000hp (at the crank)
- Weight: ~1300kg (wet, without driver)
Who’s your money on?