This Nissan GT-R hillclimb racer is more wings than a World War 1 biplane.
Hillclimb racing cars need a lot of downforce. Why? Because going up a mountain means thinner air. Thinner air means less air moving over all your various aerodynamic bits and pieces, and less air means less downforce. So to make up for that, a hillclimber needs to have even more aerodynamic bits than most other race cars.
Also, hillclimb racing means going up a winding mountain road at very high speeds. Losing control means falling down the side of a mountain, and that’s a little bit more fatal than crashing at the Indy 500--but only a little bit.
For these reasons, hillclimb racers tend to have big wings. REALLY big wings. But even other hillclimb racing cars pale in comparison to this Nissan GT-R from Franco Scribante Racing.
The first thing you notice about this GT-R is the fact that it has wings at both the front and back. Usually, it’s just the one wing at the back, but no, this car has two wings. We could call it a bi-winged-car, or a bi-car, for short.
You’ll also notice that these wings are--to put it mildly--huge. Both front and rear wings span more than the entire width of the GT-R, and the rear wing’s vertical stabilizers hang almost past the tail lights. It's impossible to describe how enormous these wings are. There is enough wing here to allow this car to take flight were it to be angled for lift instead of downforce.
There’s also a huge front spoiler, a huge rear diffuser, and God only knows what little aerodynamic tweaks are hiding in the body.
In their debut Facebook post, Franco Scribante Racing says this car produces 1,600 hp at the wheels and is capable of producing 2,200 hp at the crank. We have no idea how this is done from a stock 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 which normally puts out 565 hp, but we’ve seen other GT-Rs with similar numbers before. Those cars seem impossible too.
This winged beast will be going to South Africa's Simola Hillclimb next month where we’ll be able to see it in action. Just so long as they remember to log their flight plan, otherwise this thing won’t be allowed to race.