There are more ways to make a supercar than ever, with electrification adding some much-needed spice to the performance formula. Three electric motors help make the Ferrari SF90 Stradale the most powerful road model ever produced, and Carwow’s latest YouTube video pits it against a worthy challenger – the tuned Nissan GT-R.
The GT-R also produces 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), getting a major engine overhaul from JM Imports. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 also produces 848 pounds (1,150 Newton-meters) of torque. Ferrari also produces 1,000 hp, but does so by pairing a 4.0-liter V8 engine with three electric motors. The Ferrari drops in torque – 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) – but is also lighter, weighing in at 3,483 pounds (1,570 kilograms). The GT-R is heavier at 3,858 lbs (1,750 kg).
The first drag race got the pair off to an even start, but the GT-R put Ferrari firmly in second before the pair crossed the finish line. The second race was no different, even with Ferrari getting a better launch. The GT-R is just faster, completing the quarter mile in 9.5 seconds. Ferrari did it in 9.7 seconds.
The two then competed in a pair of rolling races. This is where Ferrari shines, likely getting a boost from its electric motor. In both fights, the Ferrari accelerated faster than the GT-R at the start, but Nissan closed the gap before crossing the finish line in second, just behind the SF90 Stradale. However, the GT-R shined in its third rolling race, which required a bit of preparation to win.
The final brake test was a big surprise, with the older, heavier GT-R stopping at a shorter distance. The owner of the tuned Nissan upgraded the brakes to carbon ceramic, allowing him to beat Ferrari in the final round. The Nissan GT-R and Ferrari SF90 Stradale make 1,000 horsepower, but they do it differently. Those differences translate into small differences in drag racing – making for a thrilling watch.