Pink 1,200-horsepower Nissan GT-R races 862-horsepower Subaru STI drag race, Travis loses daughter
Because this time the car that was brought in for the challenge is a specially designed drag racing machine, which at the same time happens to be street legal. And it doesn’t matter how fast Pastrana’s STI has been so far, because taking on a car specially designed to win quarter-mile (402 meters) races will be an extremely difficult challenge.
Brooke Berini is the driver of the pink GT-R, and she’s not only sitting behind the wheel of a very fast car, but she’s also a very experienced driver. Looking at the specs for both cars, there is only one aspect where the STI got the upper hand, and that is the overall weight. At 2,623 lbs (1,189 kg), the Subaru weighs almost 1,200 lbs (544 kg) less than the Nissan, but that’s not all.
The GT-R cradles a 4.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, while the Subaru only has a small 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder under the hood. While both cars come with AWD, the Nissan has about 338 more horsepower than its opponent. And the STI might be quick on the Gymkhana track, but this GT-R feels more comfortable going down a straight line.
Before the race, the people who are there have mixed opinions on how it could go. While four of them support STI, the other six are pretty sure Travis Pastrana has finally met his match. The first race is the usual 1,000-foot (304.8-meter) race. At first glance, Pastrana’s reaction time is slightly better, but the Brooke is quickly back in the race and they are running neck and neck moments after their launch.
But the on-board camera shows the GT-R moving forward like there’s no tomorrow, making the STI seem helpless as it crosses the finish line. To give Pastrana another chance, the decision was made to shorten the course to just 500 feet (152.4 meters). But this time, Brooke is on point with her launch, and she takes the lead early on and crosses the finish line first.
For the third and final round, Travis has a small advantage since he is cleared to take off first. As this is again a short 500ft (152.4m) race, we are entitled to a finish photo, in which the STI is the winner. But a long run would only have reinforced the GT-R’s victory on the track.