2,000-HP Drag Race: Toyota Celica Vs. R35 Nissan GTR

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Supercar slayer gives Godzilla a beating.

When a supercar maker such as Ferrari or Porsche unveils its latest vehicle and its astonishing acceleration figures, we gasp at how quick and ludicrous modern-day performance cars have become. Even full-size luxury sedans are achieving figures Lamborghini would have dreamed of a few short years ago, with vehicles such as the Mercedes-AMG E63 capable of 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

But we forget about the modified vehicles - cars that once started out in life as a humble coupe or family car - that have been tuned to slay the biggest supercar dragons. In the following video, a little Toyota Celica proves that newer is not necessarily better.

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That Racing Channel/YouTube
That Racing Channel/YouTube
That Racing Channel/YouTube

This monstrous machine began life as a Celica All-Trac Turbo. Known by Toyota enthusiasts as the ST185, the Celica started out with a perky 222 horsepower. But what's under the hood is world-renowned for its tunability. Fitted with a 72-millimeter turbo, the 3S-GTE powertrain produces 1,000 hp and has been stroked to 2.1 liters. It's also now capable of revving to 10,000 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a manual transmission and the '90s Japanese coupe rockets to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds. This makes it quicker than a stock Nissan GT-R, a car famed for its incredible off-the-line acceleration. This is proven in the above video, as the Celica humiliates not one, but two heavily modified GTR's, both of which produce similar power to this little Toyota.

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We could watch the GT-Rs get pummeled time and time again, but the video also dwells for a little while on a Subaru Forester that has been tuned to produce 850 horses on the wheels, proving that even the most unlikely candidate for drag racing can become a force to be reckoned with, so long as you spend enough time and money on it. The owner is aiming to be the first Forester owner in the 8-second bracket, a noble endeavor to k Subaru cool when the company itself is struggling to find relevance in today's market. But whatever you drive, whether it be a Nissan, a Toyota, a Subaru, or something else, there's always more performance hiding under the hood.

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That Racing Channel/YouTube
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That Racing Channel/YouTube

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