The destiny takes on a past in an icy tech-off between electric and inner combustion

The destiny takes on a past in an icy tech-off between electric and inner explosion

Though my grasp of nautical law isn’t all that firm, I’m pretty certain Kvarntjärnen, a icy home for these few serene days, doesn’t count as general waters. So let’s call this a technicality. You join me cloaked in thermals, hiking foot resting on a pedal of a Nissan GT-R. I’m not particularly authorised to drive it.

Seriously. In a UK, press demonstrators of Nissan’s ultimate speed appurtenance come shackled to an over-30s-only word policy. It can be negotiated, yet for my whole life so far, I’ve been too immature to expostulate one on a open road. But atop a metre of solidified H2O walled by trees stealing kamikaze elk, surrounded by costly sports cars and a approved goofy on a snowmobile, this is legit. Funny old world.

Words: Ollie Kew   Photography: Mark Riccioni 



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First things first: blank Rowan’s long-termer’s warranty. Prod a traction-control toggle for a integrate of seconds and a red light indicates a nannies are off and a balloon’s left adult somewhere in a Nissan HQ supercomputer. OK, in for a penny. Let’s default to a smoothness in indignant R mode and a GT-R’s infamously firm cessation in Comfort, since not 5 mins ago Ollie Marriage and his new best friend, a arrange of Swedish centaur – half man, half snowmobile – were rocketing adult and down this once primitive surface, and a GT-R has got trenches to traverse.

Right, we’re prepared for launch. No indicate in decoration a engine with a mouth of revs in this terrain. And this would be a well-suited impulse to confess, as a fast vacating Tesla angrily deposits a cloud of finely chopped sleet onto a Nissan’s windscreen, that all of these delicately deliberate pre-fight checks are futile. Sorry.



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We’d hoped to definitively settle a quarrel between a dual Official Cars of YouTube by carrying a showdown on neutral belligerent (water?). we gathering a Tesla Model S P100D approach from Tesla’s dealership in Trondheim, Norway, yesterday morning, on a 1.5mm-studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta tyres. And afterwards we waited, forlornly, as a smoothness of a GT-R’s equivalents destroy to arrive. Lost in transit.

So a strong Godzilla is relying on Dunlop SP WinterSports. Two sprinters display adult for a 100m dash, one wearing using spikes, a other in Nike Airs. Short of violation off a Nissan’s crisp switchgear and wedging it into a tyre tread, no volume of fiddling will save a GT-R here. The Tesla has prolonged faded into the whiteout.

Negotiating an internet ceasefire will have to wait, yet that indeed opens this pairing adult to some-more than usually a binary drag race.

We simply couldn’t have fabricated dual vehicles with some-more discordant methods of provision suit to all 4 wheels. The Tesla Model S houses a span of initiation motors, sandwiching a famous skateboard of battery ballast. The front wheels make do with 255bhp – some-more than a Ariel Nomad’s engine – while a incomparable behind engine develops 496bhp.

The volume of relocating tools in that ‘drivetrain’ can be counted on one hand. we entice we to review and contrariety with ATTESA ET-S – Nissan’s clearly not capable in a art of an acronym rolling off a tongue, then. Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-terrain with Electronic Torque Split (breathe) “only” has 562bhp of V6 muscle to marshal, yet it does so by sophistry it from an engine that lives forward of a dashboard, to a six-speed, twin-clutch gearbox and limited-slip diff behind a behind seats, and afterwards shafting adult to half of it behind adult to a front wheels, while a rears get 98-per-cent expostulate in customary pushing conditions. Well, we haven’t got any of those.

As all-wheel-drive cars go, a Tesla is a MacBook, (though not an Air, one of a heavier ones that give hipsters sciatica one-strapping it to Starbucks). The fiendishly, fantastically complex, roughly Brunellian Nissan is some-more like Alan Turing’s Bombe, that filled a room, burst a Enigma formula and condensed a Second World War.

If that sounds like I’m carrying a millennial-with-text-neck barbiturate on a Nissan for being ancient, I’m not. As an preparation of how an greatly clever, over-engineered all-wheel expostulate works – and a mind-blower in how it can surprise, perplex and delight, a GT-R is beyond reproach.



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We’ve had one on this really lake before, years ago – wearing studded tyres, ironically – and it was so calm rescuing itself from backwards-entry drifts that a exhausts clogged with sleet and strangled a engine. So good during being foolproof, it choked itself. we love that.

I venerate feeling a drivetrain operative so tough too, splicing automatic and electrical intelligence. From a impulse a GT-R’s 16-bit mechanism senses trip (analysed 10 times per second), adult to 50 per cent of expostulate heads forwards. Meanwhile, a behind diff apportions bearing cleverly between any behind tyre, yet since Nissan’s vigilant was an AWD complement with a gusto for oversteer, it analyses your steering close and army some-more expostulate to a outward rear. So, what does that speculation feel like? Gloriously, simply sideways, basically, yet always underneath drive. With a steering circle nigh-on straight, rev needle focussed double around a stop, atomised sleet swirling from a arches like glass nitrogen, a GT-R summons outrageous purchase. Switch a smoothness to Defcon Relaxed and a GT-R is reduction sideways, and maintains friendlier, tidier transitions.

The Tesla is never as dramatic. Oh, a P100D is hugely impressive, a two-point-many tonnes slamming a studs into a ice. But it’s lacking a clarity of humour. Model S ‘Ds’ are automatic to palliate off a front engine during launch, so a behind axle, where traction is maximised, does many of a work. When a front stops rearing, it’s authorised a full berries. That’s partly because it’s a drag competition aristocrat and so effective here. But in corners, a Tesla can’t impersonate a limited-slip diff or minutely concentration energy front and aft. That’s not a fault. The idea of nutritious trip wasn’t on a radar in a conception. However decorated a Scandinavian flick, or touchscreen fingertip ballet to try to forgo traction control, it’s usually meddlesome in indicating loyal and loyal ASAP, and pulverising onward. It would have walked a drag race. But a Tesla stays mind-blowing when demonstrating what it can do for you, not what we can make it do. 

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