Under normal circumstances, very few production cars in the world can keep up with a Nissan GT-R on a racetrack. Most any racetrack, anywhere. But under less than ideal circumstances, like heavy rain, is the technologically advanced Godzilla neutralized?
The UK’s Autocar conducted an interesting and informative video comparison of the Nissan GT-R versus the Audi A1 Quattro–in the rain. Both cars are equipped with all-wheel drive, but for comparison’s sake, the GT-R outclasses the A1 in price, power, size, weight, and traction. It is superior in nearly every way. That is, until rain enters the picture.
Steve Sutcliffe, Autocar’s host and driver, follows the GT-R on a small racetrack comprised of many tight corners. The edited video shows the GT-R struggling to retain control in the rain while Sutcliffe nonchalantly manages to not only keep up while driving the smaller, slower car, but does so while chatting into the camera. Later, Sutcliffe switches to the GT-R and is unable to keep up with the small Audi. Further lap times conclude that on a small, wet racetrack, the GT-R is no match for the A1.
So, what gives?
There are a number of issues why, as Sutcliffe explains, the GT-R fails in the wet. Among those are the GT-R’s size and weight, and its ill-suited summer tires, as well as the smaller Audi’s wheelbase being beneficial to the low-speed, tight-cornered racetrack.
What does that mean to consumers?
Don’t drive like a jackass in the rain, for one; two, even if you have all-wheel drive, don’t drive like a jackass in the rain. Furthermore, you cannot overcome the laws of physics, but to help, get good all-weather tires if you drive in an environment of constant or seasonal inclement weather.