The Tesla Model S Plaid can outsprint pretty much anything on four wheels but as we’re sure you’ll agree, it simply isn’t as cool as the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R.
The Hoonigan channel on YouTube is currently hosting a series of videos where high-performance cars attempted to out-accelerate a Model S Plaid. It goes without saying that on paper, the Tesla has an obvious advantage over the Skyline GT-R and should leave it in the dust but the Nissan’s efforts should make Japanese car enthusiasts proud.
The GT-R in question is one of a host of Skylines owned by one especially keen enthusiast. In fact, he owns two R34s, an R33, two R32s, and a single R35 GT-R. The car is adorned in Nissan’s famous shade of Midnight Purple II and has undergone a series of performance modifications.
Found beneath the hood is Nissan’s famed RB26 engine that now features a large single turbocharger, a bespoke intake manifold, and various other upgrades, allowing it to churn out roughly 650 hp. The car has also been equipped with aftermarket coilovers to help with the handling and has an airlift system to avoid scrapping the front or rear bumpers.
In the first head-to-head race between the pair, the Tesla obviously jumps out to a significant lead over the Skyline GT-R but that’s no surprise given it has roughly 400 hp more. To try and even things up for the second race, the Model S Plaid is placed into its ‘Chill’ mode and loaded with a bunch of passengers.
Tesla’s ‘Chill’ mode is very fitting of the name and dramatically reduces power, allowing the Skyline to take a very easy win. The final race features the Tesla in its ‘Sport’ mode and this is the closest of the three races.