Sam Philip02 September 2009

GT-Rally

American firm preps Nissan’s Godzilla for racing. Which cars do you want to see rallying?

Nissan GT-R Targa

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This is the GT-R Targa, a rally-prep version of Nissan's awesome Godzilla from American tuning firm Stillen.

It features just about every performance bolt-on, with a new exhaust, revised ECU and a whole bunch of extra shiny engine bits boosting power from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 by 134bhp to a whopping 611bhp. The 0-60mph run stands at 2.9 seconds, half a second down on the road car's 3.4-second time.

The GT-R Targa is far lighter than the road car, too, with its stripped-out interior, lightweight racing seats and carbon fibre body panels. It'll clock the quarter-mile in 11 seconds flat.

Stillen plans to run the GT-R in the Newfoundland Targa rally, a 1,400-mile, all-road race across Canada. We're a little disappointed that it doesn't feature any gravel or dirt sections, though - just imagine the GT-R sliding between trees, dust cloud billowing behind it, men in bobble hats scattering to either side...

Which got us thinking. Ignoring all those pesky WRC regulations, what road cars would you like to see on the rally circuit? We're thinking Return of Group B, but even scarier... 

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