Stock C6 Corvette Z06 Hangs with Tuned 2018 Nissan GTR

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Corvette packs far less power, but at 800 pounds less, it is able to get a win and stay close in a loss.

The video above comes to us from the BabaYagaRS YouTube channel and it features a series of high speed roll races between a stock C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and a modified 2018 Nissan GTR. If you are remotely familiar with the two cars, it might seem like an odd battle, as in stock form, the all-wheel drive Nissan with a self-shifting transmission has a 60 horsepower advantage and when modified, that number gets even bigger.

However, the Corvette has a big weight advantage and in these two roll races, we see how much of a difference weight really makes when you are racing from a roll.

The Competitors

The camera car in the footage above is a stock Chevrolet Corvette Z06 from the C6 era, so it is motivated by the 7.0-liter LS7. That naturally aspirated V8 sends 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque towards the rear wheels by means of a 6-speed manual transmission.

Red Stock C6 Corvette Z06

The other car in the footage is a 2018 Nissan GTR. We don’t know the trim level, but it doesn’t appear to be a Nismo model. This means that it is powered by a twin turbocharged, 3.8-liter V6 that delivers 565 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque in stock form. However, this particular car has been modified with an intake setup, cat-back exhaust and a Cobb tune. We don’t know where the power numbers end up after the upgrades, but it is safe to assume that this GTR is packing at least 100 more horsepower than the Corvette while also having a quick-shifting dual clutch transmission and the traction advantage of all-wheel drive.

2018 Nissan GTR Tuned

The only problem for the Nissan is that the Corvette weighs almost 800 pounds less and in these 45 MPH roll races, the all-wheel drive doesn’t help as much as it does from a dig.

The Racing Action

The video begins with the Corvette and GTR going head to head from a roll. The Nissan blows the horn three times and the two cars hammer down, with the GTR pulling out to a small early lead. As speeds climb, the GTR disappears and we don’t see it again until the two cars lift, at which point the Nissan goes flying by. That is the only time that the Corvette was far enough back for us to get a shot of the GTR on the road.

GTR in Front of Corvette

In the second race, the GTR gets the early lead once again, but this time, the Z06 is unable to close the gap before the run comes to an end. Once again, they are pretty much side-by-side, but the GTR appears to take the win.

While the action is hard to track from the in-car, there is roadside footage of each run as well. From that angle, we can see that the Corvette takes the narrow win on the first run and the Nissan got the win in the second.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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