THE SHOWDOWN! 1000hp R34 GTR vs F1 car – ROLL RACE! At the Adelaide Motorsport Festival

So our show down didn’t go quite the way we had hoped, but we made best with what we had at our disposal.

With WTF86 smashing it’s left hand drive shaft to bits and no time to repair it, we needed to find another car to run against the Footworks Arrows F1 car…

A quick look around the time-attack pits at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival had us eyeballing Matt Longhurst’s 1000hp R34 GTR. A few minutes later we had strapped Todd Hazelwood, an upcoming professional racing driver for the Australian Supercar series, into the driver’s seat of Matt’s incredibly fast time attack GTR.

Even though the R34 had substantially less horsepower and much less torque than the 86, with all-wheel-drive, we hoped the additional traction would make up for the lack of horsepower.

Statistics at a glance:

1994 Footwork “FA15” F1

Engine: Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5L V8. 620 hp (462 kW at the engine) at 10,750 rpm

Weight: ~515kg (dry, without driver)

1999 Nissan R34 GTR

Engine: Billet block RB26 stroked to 2.8L. 1000hp (at the crank)

Weight: ~1300kg (without driver)

It’s unfortunate that our driveshaft gave up on the day (the failure was not the differential as accidentally mentioned during the video interview), however we still were able to obtain critical data from the car’s first outing. But as they say, that’s racing!

Still, the end result was a seriously cool spectacle, one which is unlikely to ever be repeated again!

Special thanks to Josh Kean, Todd Hazelwood and Matt Longhurst.

This competition was a collaborative effort thanks to Caradvice and Adelaide Motorsport Festival, so a HUGE thanks to them both for making this happen!

Be sure to subscribe to Caradvice, and if you’re in Australia – come to Adelaide Motorsport Festival next year, with any luck the 86 may finally get it’s day on the track, with more power to race that F1 car 😛

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