Drag Race: 1,500-HP Corvette Vs. 2,000-HP Nissan GT-R

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The Nissan GT-R has more power and AWD but it's also heavier than the Corvette.

If you've never watched Hoonigan's This Vs. That, this series pits two mismatched cars head-to-head in a series of unusual drag races. In past episodes, we've watched a Ferrari 488 Pista take on a modified Mazda RX-7 with over 1,000 horsepower, a C8 Corvette battle a 600-hp Lexus GS drift car, and a Shelby GT500 get obliterated by the 1,400-hp Hoonicorn Mustang.

This latest episode features one of Hoonigan's most extreme drag races yet, pitting a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 against a 2009 Nissan GT-R that have a combined 3,500 hp. Neither car is street legal: these are purpose-built drag cars built to set blisteringly fast quarter-mile times.

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Hoonigan/YouTube
Hoonigan/YouTube

Out of the two, the Corvette looks the most imposing thanks to its gargantuan 98mm Garrett turbocharger protruding over the hood. Hoonigan's Jon Chase jokes that it would be the perfect Corvette for Darth Vader, and it's difficult to disagree. The massive turbo boosts the Corvette's LSX 427 V8 engine to an insane 1,700 hp on 21 pounds of boost.

For this drag race, the modified Corvette was detuned to 1,500 hp. All that power is sent to the rear wheels through a two-speed Powerglide transmission. To improve the grip on the loose surface, the owner also added an extra 300 pounds to the back. Curb weight is estimated to be around 3,200 pounds.

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As for Godzilla, the modified Nissan GT-R is rocking a customized 4.1-liter, twin-turbo V6 good for 2,000 hp, paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The GT-R has more power than the Corvette and has the advantage of AWD, but it's also heavier than its rival with a curb weight of 3,500 pounds. After warming up the tires, both cars go head-to-head in two 500-ft drag races with a standing start.

In the first race, the Corvette rockets off the line faster, but it doesn't take long for the more powerful GT-R to catch up and overtake. In the second race, the GT-R has a poor launch but once again beats its rival. The in-car view shows the driver struggling to keep the 2,000-hp GT-R in a straight line. For the final race, the Corvette starts two car lengths ahead of the GT-R to give it a headstart, but it's still no match for the mighty Godzilla.

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Hoonigan/YouTube

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