Video: Race-Tuned 350Z Crashes with Porsche Cup Car

We’ve seen a well-tuned Nissan 350Z take it to a quarter-million dollar GT3 Cup before, but that battle was respectful and fair. What happens when some added viciousness and some expendable bodywork are thrown into the mix?

Sasha Anis’ 350Z might have one of the best VQ35HR engines around, but even that screaming V6, its 420-plus horses, and a sequential gearbox aren’t enough to match Porsche’s venerable Mezger motor. When the battle heats up at 7:27, it’s clear that— responsive as the Nissan’s motor is—it simply lacks the top-end zing that propels the red Porsche down the road.

What’s obvious is Anis’ driving superiority. Even if the man in the 911 has a good run out of the corner, he’s simply off the mark into the corner—defensive line or not. The frustration of following a slower driver in a faster car pushes a driver to making a questionable move from time to time.

Despite the Porsche’s greater grunt, Anis’ greater exit speed helps him close the gap.

Cleanly mops up any gap made by the Porsche’s power, and when the two first collide underneath the bridge at Mont Tremblant, it’s an excusable chop made by someone looking to defend their position—a racing incident; a bit of harmless rubbing. It was an ambitious move on Anis’ part, but the Porsche’s driver left the door wide open, and any racing driver worth his salt would do the same.

However, muscling past in the following right at well over 100 miles an hour is downright naughty, and courting disaster. The man in the 911 continues by overslowing for the following right in an attempt to dictate the pace, but Anis has none of it and returns the gesture by loosening up his adversary. It becomes demolition derby after that, and a pricey game of crush the carbon panels. They say regional club events are supposed to be casual—but some people don’t always get the memo.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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