Feature Flick: Switzer-Tuned Nissan GT-R vs. Hopped-Up Suzuki Hayabusa
Russian-based DragTimesInfo keeps pumping out videos of exotic cars (and bikes) running down a tree-lined, makeshift dragstrip. Not only do they record quarter-mile times and speeds but one-mile results as well. This time they lined Suzuki's Hayabusa flagship sport bike up against the Nissan's GT-R supercar.
The Hayabusa was named after the peregrine falcon because it is the bird of prey with the fastest stoop (vertical hunting dive) and it is also a predator to the blackbird -- a jab towards Honda's CBR1100XX Super Blackbird sport bike. Nissan's GT-R has been nicknamed "Godzilla" thanks to its claim to fame as one of the most hardcore performance cars to come out of Japan; in fact only the $375,000 Lexus LFA comes close. Both contenders have been modified, however: the Hayabusa has been mildly tuned to 198 horsepower and the GT-R is a Switzer-tuned R850 with -- surprise! -- 850 horsepower!
First up some bench racing: a stock Hayabusa weighs 582-592 (wet) sans rider; a stock GT-R's curb weight is 3829 pounds. The 'Busa has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.94 pounds per horsepower without rider and a 3.85:1 ratio with rider (assuming a 180 pounds for the rider, helmet and riding gear). The Switzer-tuned Godzilla would sport 4.5 pounds per horsepower sans driver (assuming stock weight). With 180 pounds worth of driver and gear the power-t0-weight ratio barley rises to 4.72 pounds per horsepower.
Check out the video below, and let us know if a rematch is due or if the GT-R's techno-wizardry made for a fair fight.