JDM Legends: Toyota vs. Nissan Drag Racing Showdown

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Toyota vs. Nissan Drag Racing Showdown
Toyota vs. Nissan Drag Racing Showdown

It’s not every day you witness modified drift cars taking on drag racing, but here we are. While watching supercars sprint down the quarter-mile is always a spectacle, there’s a certain thrill and danger missing from the usual routine.

Today, we’re embracing that danger, starting with the customized Toyota Chaser ZX100. Beneath its hood lies the revered 2.5-liter inline-6 1JZ engine, typically generating 276 hp and 278 lb-ft or 377 Nm of torque.

This particular Toyota Chaser boasts an impressive 542 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, thanks to significant modifications. Power is transmitted through its 5-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. The owner invested over $63,000 in the car and enhancements, a considerable sum but pale in comparison to the investment made by the Skyline’s owner.

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Toyota vs. Nissan Drag Racing Showdown

The 1JZ engine made its debut around 1989 in Japan, serving as the precursor to the iconic 3.0-liter 2JZ engine, which is celebrated not only in the JDM scene but globally.

After several races, the Toyota emerged as the faster contender, completing the 1/4-mile in 14.3 seconds compared to the Skyline’s 14.4 seconds. Despite the initial setback, the Skyline clinched victory.

While these JDM icons didn’t hit 300 mph, their showdown was undeniably fascinating. Perhaps in the future, Mat will organize a drift track event showcasing the full potential of these machines.


By Annie Linardos

I'm a journalist student and completed my masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. With a strong track record as an intern at Mathrubhumi News and The New Indian Express as a reporter and content writer, I'm creative, motivated, and have a keen eye for the truth and attempting to use the expertise and talents to contribute to the emerging field of journalism. I have also been working as a freelance writer and have the capability of producing interesting and bold articles.

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