Nissan GTR vs Ferrari F12

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Nissan GTR (stock) vs 2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (stock) Drag Race:

Nissan GT-R: Stock 2014 Nissan GT-R Black Edition vs Stock 2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. GTR has 550 hp, 463 lb-ft of torque, and weighs about 3,800 lbs. It’s intelligent All Wheel Drive system and quick 6 speed dual clutch transmission give it fast acceleration at any speed, especially from a stand still when using launch control.  MSRP for the Black Edition was $110,000 in 2014 and comes with a lightweight dry carbon fiber wing, lightweight forged Rays wheels, and sturdy leather Recaro bucket seats.

Dynojet stock GTR hp tq
Stock Nissan GTR Dynojet graph (blue line)

Ferrari F12: The 2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has 731 hp, 508 lb-ft of torque, and weighs about 3,600 lbs. It’s high powered naturally aspirated V12 and F1 7-speed dual clutch transmission allows a great linear power delivery capable of spinning the rear tires in almost any gear. MSRP for this particular one was $430,000 with almost every option included and lots of fancy carbon fiber everywhere such as the dash, steering wheel, and center console.

Dyno sheet 2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta hp tq
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Dyno graph


Final explanation: Neither car used launch control which especially put the GT-R at a disadvantage. This was ultimately the downfall of the GT-R because its legendary acceleration relies mostly on its insane 4,000 RPM all wheel drive launch control. The GTR can beat most cars in a drag race because it can put so much power down without spinning the tires with its launches. At 4,000 RPM the GTR’s turbos are spooling and the car is putting down about 310 wheel horse power and continues to climb fast. The simple fact is most RWD cars can’t even come close to putting the same amount of power down with a launch because they will just spin the tires. The GTR also has a slight disadvantage in this particular no-launch race because it is turbocharged. The naturally aspirated V12 in the Ferrari has a much more linear power curve and makes considerably more power below 4,000 RPM’s than the GTR (The Ferrari makes about 210 whp at 3,000 RPM vs GTR’s 140 whp at 3,000 RPM).

Most stock DBA GTR’s (2012+) can run 7.5 second 1/8 mile and 11 second flat 1/4 mile with launch control, a decent driver, good conditions, and a decent amount of tread on the less than optimal Dunlop run flats from the factory. Breaking into the 10’s with a GTR has been done many times from the showroom but not every driver can do it. Luckily it is very easy for almost anyone to break 10’s simply with a different set of street tires (Toyo R888, Michelin Pilot Super Sports, Pirelli P Zero, etc) and maybe higher octane fuel for good measure.

2017 Ferrari F12’s from the factory seem to run near 7.5 second 1/8 mile and just over 11 second 1/4 mile with the same conditions. Plenty of drivers have achieved 10’s from the factory but it is slightly more difficult than with a GTR. However it can also be done easier with better street tires and higher octane fuel.

How to beat a Ferrari F12 in a drag race: After observing different drag times for both cars it’s easy to see that stock vs stock there is no decisive winner with both cars in optimal conditions. So to ensure no chance that a Ferrari F12 beats your DBA GTR in an 1/8 or 1/4 mile drag race it’s recommended that you at least install a  different midpipe (~$500) and better tires (~$1200). With this set up you should easily and consistently be beating any Ferrari F12 and will be running 10.8 minimum even if you aren’t an experienced drag racer. For even better drag times you can go Full Bolt On (FBO) mods with e85 fuel and be making ~700whp and 600 ft-lb tq, with this you will easily be running sub 10.4 and even into the 9’s with drag wheel / tire set up. Full Bolt On includes accessport tune (~$1200), 3″ air intake (~$650), full midpipe / catback exhaust (~$2500) downpipes (~$750), larger fuel injectors (~$1200), flex fuel kit (~$800).

So what does it take to guarantee you beat a $440,000 Ferrari F12 in a drag race? If you spend about $1900 for a midpipe and better tires or a midpipe and accessport tune, you won’t have any difficulty breaking the inflated ego of Ferrari F12 owners and make them stare at your tail lights all the way down the drag strip.