Ah, Russia! Land of the Tsars, vodka bottles with paper caps, and home of the “don’t give an eff” attitude towards personal safety. When you’ve gone to the effort and expense of collecting a bunch of exotic cars in one place for the purpose of one-mile drag racing, you can’t let a little rain get in the way, and that’s exactly what we have here in yet another Dragtimes video from the former Soviet Bloc.
At any dragstrip here in the US of A, even the lightest sprinkling of dew brings a halt to the fun until the precipitation stops and the asphalt is dry as a bone, but these guys are in full DGAF mode, starting off with a modified 670-horse Nissan GT-R against an equally-powerful (but handicapped by rear wheel drive in the wet conditions) stock Ferrari 599 GTO.
The Ferrari gets worked, losing 13.047 to 11.606 in the quarter mile and 30.100 versus 28.984 in the mile against the Nissan, with the AWD GT-R still only able to muster a 2.252 60-foot time on the damp track. Next up, it’s a 730 horse Lingenfelter ZR1 Corvette against the same Ferrari, and once again the Italian Stallion gets shown the tail lights. The Chevy runs a mere 13.163 in the quarter, with a 2.672 60-foot, and 29.356 in the measured mile, while the the Ferrari does 13.371 and 30.678.
Looking at the Corvette’s numbers versus the Nissan’s numbers, it’s easy to see how much of an advantage twice as much rubber laying down the power is in the short run, but even considering the insanity of running 300+km/h on wet pavement (that’s MPH and change in good old American units of measurement), the Corvette’s horsepower advantage still wins out, given enough room to roam.
We salute you, brave Russian drag racers, with your total disregard for luxuries like helmets, dry pavement, and sanity! Keep making videos, and we will keep watching…