Check out this Nissan GT-R NISMO race a Dodge Demon in a drag race.
We have DragTimes (by way of Motor1) to thank for this latest drag race between everyone’s favorite Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and a far rarer beast, the Nissan GT-R. But not just any GT-R--this is the NISMO version with an extra few horses, a few fewer pounds, and some fancy NISMO suspension tuning.
Not that suspension matters a whole lot in a drag race.
On paper, the Demon should be a shoe-in. It’s got a 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8 that puts down 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.3 seconds with a quarter-mile time advertised at just 9.65 seconds.
On the other side of the line is the Nissan GT-R Nismo, powered by a 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 that puts down 600 horses and 481 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 3.6 seconds with a quarter-mile time that usually comes it at just below 11 seconds.
There are a few things to note for this particular race, however. The DragTimes guy informs us that the Demon has drag radials in the front but racing slicks in the back. The Nissan is on stock tires, but it has AWD, and as we all know, all-wheel-drive can make for consistent and fast starts.
One last thing: the race takes place at Speed Vegas, which is a proper race track and not a drag race track. This will prove to be crucial since the Demon’s ludicrous power might struggle to find purchase on regular pavement that hasn’t got a good coating of toasted rubber on it.
In our first race, both cars seem to start fairly well, but then the Demon struggles a bit, delaying its shift up from second. The NISMO pulls ahead by a few car lengths before the Demon can start to close the gap. By the time they reach the finish line it’s neck and neck with no clear winner.
The second race is a complete watershed for the NISMO. If you look closely, you can see the Demon leave a pair of tire tracks off the line that’s a clear indicator that it spun out. The NISMO easily pulls ahead as the Demon struggles to find purchase and then it can never close the gap.
Once again, AWD proves to be the victor. We’re sure things might have been different at a drag track, but in the real world, power isn’t everything.