Inside Line took their modified Evo X, and a stock GT-R and pitted them against each other at Streets of Willow Springs.
Our long-term 2009 Nissan GT-R has run the Streets in 1:25.68. The last stock Evo GSR we ran there did it in 1:32.51. We'd have to find nearly 7 seconds in the Evo. (Maybe we'll take a look at craigslist for jobs we can do at home, just in case we fail.)
Mods to the X were a GT30R turbo kit, Cosworth camshafts, intercooler, exhaust, injectors, clutch, and a tune that brought the X up to 388 whp on 91 octane.
Onto the chassis -265/35R18 Bridgestone RE-11 tires , Volk RE30 wheels, AST coil overs, and brake upgrades from Stoptech and Project Mu.
The Evo went first. After a couple of warm-up laps, Senior Road Test Editor Josh Jacquot, our test driver for the day, ran his first lap in anger, a 1.26.56. Over the radio he relayed a quick impression: "I didn't expect it to be that fast already. There's more time in it."
He whittled the time down to a 1.25.31 a few laps later. Came the report: "This thing is awesome. [Expletive] awesome."
Then it was the GT-R's turn. Right away, the GT-R put down a 1.25.22. But what's this? Each successive lap was slower and slower. Jacquot finally threw in the towel as the GT-R was now simply punishing its tires, not getting faster. The GT-R's first hot lap was to be its best time.
The Evo X can be a fast car, that is certain. However if you modify the GT-R, it will, and can pick up seconds of time even on a small tight track like the Streets of Willow Springs . I would have liked to have seen a Cobb Accessport on the R35, with Dunlop tires. Just those two little differences would have put seconds between the two cars.