• Nov 12, 2010
Nissan GT-R vs. Formula 3 racer – Click above to watch video after the jump

People love running the Nissan GT-R against anything else they can think of... as long as it has four wheels, it must be compared to the Japanese coupe. We've read countless stories of Godzilla taking on cars far above its power grade and price range, yet the stories and videos keep popping up. To be honest, we would compare the turbocharged Nissan to a Wal-Mart shopping cart if it meant we could score some more heavily-bolstered seat time. Autocar seems to agree with this notion, because they lined up a Nissan GT-R, a Formula 3 racecar and a rain-soaked racetrack.

Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar managed to talk himself behind the wheel of a Red Bull Formula 3 racer, and he ran it for a few laps around a wet track. He set his best time, then jumped into the GT-R. Did he manage to better his time in the purpose-built racer? See for yourself by checking out the video after the jump.

[Source: Autocar via YouTube]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What??
      You mean a purpose built, single seat race car was faster around a track than a passenger car? No WAY!!

      Colored me stunned....not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not suprising. Any purpose built race car should blow away a road car easily. I was at an autocross last year. Vipers, Lotuses, Z06s, GT-Rs, 911 GT3s. You name it. The fastest time of the day? A 20 year old Formula Ford single seater with a 90 HP Pinto engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is kinda like Top Gear driving the old Renault F1 racer around the track.

      Sure, it did it in less than 1 minute, while the fastest of all passenger cars, the Bugatti SuperSport is still over 1:16. So an even bigger gap than what we saw here.

      And then, they took down the F1 racer lap for the obvious reason... its not really a 'car' in the sense that it does not transport people from point A to point B, but rather moves from point A to point A repeatedly as fast as possible. Its not street legal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      whats that thing on the side of the F3 car?
      the little black thing that says volkswagon..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Missile launcher.

        :-D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Airbox or rather an air tube as an intake (not in the roll hoop like F1, and it's similar to some Lemans prototypes). Plus it's a great spot for ads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Induction. (Instead of over the driver's head like in F1)
        Little hole is the restrictor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NO BUDY KNEW AN F3 WAS FASTER jajajaja XD ....for every 100Kg YOU NEED 150hp to compensate it ...do the math
      • 4 Years Ago
      What was the point of this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never tire of Autocar's reviews, but this time they did a dis-service to both vehicles by attempting a comparison with no foundation. The whole segment felt, ahem, a bit watered down.

      They could have done great stuff with some stand-alone reviews of each car!

      My favorite autocar review of all time is still the McLaren F1 GTR
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BigDumbFace: Exactly.

        ...and we would have agreed to do it as well. It seems to be more of a "just to do it" type review.
      • 4 Years Ago
      57s to 68s
        • 4 Years Ago
        You lost me, but I'm intrigued.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, what a match! All wheel drive vs rear wheel drive in the rain! I did not watch the video and won't either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for sharing (we all needed to know that, certainly), and doing so while being so hilariously sure of the outcome... Hilarious given the result of the video comparison, that is.
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