The 4000-pound UTCC titan showdown: GT-R vs. GT500 | #FastFriday

By Colin Wood
Aug 2, 2021 | Ford, Mustang, #FastFriday, Ultimate Track Car Challenge, GT-R, GT50, Nissn

Don’t let a curb weight of 4000 pounds fool you. Mark Thomsen’s 2013 Nissan GT-R packs a 630-horsepower punch–enough to be competitive in one of the most grueling motorsport events on the calendar, the Tire Rack One Lap of America.

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However, does that also mean the GT-R will be just as capable in the 2021 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge?

What is the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s our annual no-holds-barred track competition. The rules are simple: Car and driver must pass a NASA safety inspection. Period.

Here’s a closer look at this week’s selections:

Sure, this GT-R has a stock engine and stock turbos, but Mark notes that its greatest strength is its traction–likely aided by the added coil-overs, rear wing, diffuser, splitter and canards.

The other selection for this week is another 4000-pound titan, Steven Luca’s 2020 Ford Mustang GT500. Like the GT-R, Steven’s GT500 features a mostly stock engine with some added aero. Unlike the GT-R, however, Steven’s GT500 is rated for 850 horsepower.

View these cars, along with the rest of the field, on the UTCC website. If you think you have what it takes to win, enter your car here.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Tire Rack in association with Wilwood EngineeringHP TunersSPA TechniqueKW Suspensions,  XClutch and FCP Euro, with trophies from BimmerWorld, Mantic ClutchFalken TireHoosier Tire and Mach V Motorsports.

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