Nurburgring challenge: Nissan GT-R vs. Porsche GT3 RS

In an epic battle of JDM against Euro, the Nissan GT-R races a Porsche GT3 RS around the twists, curves, and hills of Nurburgring. This track is widely known as the widow maker, the divider amongst men, and one of the toughest racing tracks the world has ever seen. With varying cambers, long straights into tight corners, and long corners into tight straights, the likes of Nurburgring should only be tempted by the finest drivers. Those who are regulars around the ring are driving gods gracing the surface of the earth. In the following video, we get to watch two very talented drivers race against each other competing in the timeless battle of JDM vs. Euro.

First, let's take a look at the specs of each vehicle. The Nissan GT-R features a 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 that turns out 485 horsepower at 6400 RPM and 434 foot pounds of torque at only 3200 RPM. That is a very low torque number considering the size and type of engine found within the GT-R. With a curb weight of 3,814 pounds, the Nissan GT-R is a nimble subcompact sports car that handles with the precision you'd expect from a larger wheelbase. The Porsche GT3 RS features a 3.6 liter horizontally opposed six cylinder engine capable of 415 horsepower at 7600 RPM, and 300 foot pounds of torque at 5000 RPM. With a higher red line and peak power value than the GT-R while weighing 3,031 pounds, one can expect victory in a Porsche over the "Godzilla" of JDM performance.

Interesting enough, the above stated numbers are very obvious in the following race as high RPM dominates over low peak torque values. The horizontally opposed engine combined in a much lighter weight chassis also provides a lower center of gravity leading to improved handling for victory in the curves, while the Nissan GT-R's overall power dominance leads it to victory in the straights. Both of these vehicles are super cars in their own right, and both are targeted at different driving types. If you want curve domination, Porsche will never fail. If you want top speed through the straights, Nissan has perfected the thrill of speed within their GT-R design. Overall, it's a great race; enjoy!

Video content: Nissan GT-R races Porsche GT3 RS around Nurburgring

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Source: Tampa Sports Car Examiner

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