Can Godzilla handle the S?
Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned drag race? Especially when it’s a gas-powered ride racing an all-electric car? We’ve covered drag races between electric and gas cars before, with some of our favorites being the Tesla Model Y versus Challenger Hellcat Redeye race which ended with some interesting results. The race you’re about to see takes place between a Tesla Model S Performance and a Nissan GT-R. The cars compete in both a traditional drag race, and a rolling start race, and the outcome might surprise you.
Firstly, let’s chat about the cars. The Nissan GT-R in its current form has been around for ages and we are all familiar with its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all fours via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the zero to sixty sprint takes 2.7 seconds. It will top out at close to 200 mph.
The Tesla Model S Performance on the other hand is powered by two electric motors that produce a combined 778 hp and 841 lb-ft. Power is sent to all fours and the zero to sixty sprint takes only 2.4 seconds, but with the new Cheetah mode enabled, that number is most likely to drop even further. The Tesla might have more power, but it weighs over 1,000 pounds more than the Nissan.
Now on to the race! In the first heat, the GT-R has a clean launch but is just not quick enough for the Tesla, which catapults out of the starting blocks and keeps pulling on the Nissan. The Tesla beats the Nissan by about two and a half car lengths. The second race is a rolling start, which gives the Nissan GT-R a better chance. As the cars start to pull, the race is tighter, but the Tesla’s instant throttle response is just too much for the Japanese car, and the GT-R is beat by a car length. The Nissan put up an admirable fight, but we think a tuned version would easily stick with the Model S Performance.