Three contemporary Nissan race cars, one a rolling laboratory, another from the international motorsport circuit, and a third from Australia’s V8 Supercars, recently did battle in an exhibition run in Australia. The exhibition was a good ol’ time attack around a common race track, but with the slower vehicles being given a head start.
The three cars in this particular time attack include the Leaf NISMO RC, the GT-R NISMO GT3 and the Altima V8 Supercars race car. The Leaf is the weakling here, with its electric motor only delivering 80 kilowatts (107 horsepower). The GT-R is the middleman, with its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 producing close to the stock GT-R’s 545 horsepower. Finally, there’s the Altima V8 Supercars race car whose 5.0-liter V-8 is dishing out around 650 horsepower.
Just as fun as the track action is the banter of the Aussie commentators. They rail on the former Nissan factory driver Neil Crompton who is behind the wheel of the GT-R, and also poke some fun at the near-silent Leaf racer. We won’t spoil it by telling you which car crosses the finish line first, although it should be noted that the outcome of such events is almost always scripted.