Inside tuning circles all over the world, the Nissan GT-R, or “Godzilla” as it’s known, is seen as the epitome of 21st-century of technology and performance, and we agree. The GT-R has been infused with so much technology that it’s been said by various outlets, and from a variety of owners and enthusiasts, that the GT-R is almost too digital in its driver engagement; it does most of the driving for you. Of course, there are those that despite this, but the jury’s still out on that one.
Whatever the case may be, Godzilla is seen as the car of choice amongst those who grew up playing Gran Turismo and watching Fast and the Furious, or for those who simply want a high-end Japanese tuning car. There’s no denying the twin-turbo, DOHC V6 engine’s power output and tuning capabilities or the efficiency of the R35 platform’s all-wheel drive system working in unison with the race-tuned suspension massive Brembo brakes.
But what if you wanted something less expensive, simpler, more hardcore and analog? Try a Cadillac. Thirty years ago, if you would have said that a Caddy was less technical, more hardcore and less expensive than a Nissan (then known as Datsun), someone would have had you committed. Inevitably, things change, and you can now find Cadillacs competing toe-to-toe with Porsches, Ferraris and yes, even the beloved Datsuns.
At a recent Cadillac Challenge event hosted by D3 Cadillac, one of D3’s very own in-house project vehicles sought, challenged and surpassed not one, but two, Nissan GT-Rs – at the same time. In the age of YouTube, skeptics would naturally want to see video proof of this and we’ve happily obliged, posting the very above this story’s text. You can catch D3 Cadillac on April 4th, 2015 at Willow Springs International Raceway, and can keep tabs on their progress through the “CadillacRace” Facebook page and website. Expect more videos to come from D3 soon, only right here, at GM EFI Magazine!
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.