Godzilla has been defeated by a front-wheel-drive family hatchback.
We're used to seeing Nissan GT-R sports cars with obscene amounts of horsepower and torque smash new quarter-mile records at the drag strip. But it's not every day you see Godzilla get challenged to a drag race with a humble front-wheel-drive Honda Civic family hatchback. Except this Civic is not so humble.
According to the following video, the custom hatchback is fitted with a K20 inline-four engine with a massive S300SX-E turbocharger and uprated cams from Drag Cartel. With 31-psi of boost, this setup is producing over 700 horsepower, which is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transaxle with a limited-slip differential. It also sports a high-flow Ultra Race intake manifold from Skunk2.
These modifications allegedly make this Honda Civic one of the top 70 fastest FWD cars in Europe. Even with these extensive modifications, you wouldn't think a front-wheel-drive Honda Civic would pose a threat to the mighty Nissan GT-R on the drag strip. It isn't known what modifications were made to the GT-R, but the stock version is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 generating 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque in the entry-level model and 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque in the GT-R Nismo.
Despite having less traction thanks to its front-wheel-drive setup, the Honda Civic rockets off the line at the Santa Pod Raceway in the UK at a breakneck pace.
Going head-to-head with the GT-R, the Civic posts an impressive quarter-mile time of just 9.539 seconds. This was even faster than the GT-R, which completed the quarter mile in 10.460 seconds. Yes, Godzilla was defeated by a front-wheel-drive family hatchback. But as we know, with some modifications the GT-R is capable of smashing the quarter-mile in less than seven seconds.
Recently, the world's quickest GT-R, which also happens to be the quickest AWD drag car in the world, posted an astonishing quarter-mile time of 6.47 seconds, crossing the line at 219.94 mph.