YouTube channel Carwow is no stranger to epic drag races, and host Mat Watson brings the viewers one to remember. Between the quickest SUV in the world, as vouched for by the Guinness Book of World Records, and the quickest hybrid supercar in the world – the Ferrari SF90. All of this takes place on a three-mile stretch of road built by the Abu Dhabi government, especially for racing, designed to keep drag races off public roads.
Modified Nissan Patrol SUVs That Can Put Supercars To Shame
The video doesn’t begin with the Ferrari and SUV race. It starts out with Watson racing a standard, untouched Nissan Patrol and then swapping the vehicles out until they get to the Ferrari and 3000-HP SUV, tuned by F-Performance. With Watson behind one of the wheels, the other is taken up by local auto-enthusiast, Saheed.
In the beginning, Saheed takes the wheel of the standard Nissan Patrol. And despite being the base model, the Y61 Patrol SUV still comes armed with a tb48 engine with a 4.8 liter inline-6 that puts out 280-HP and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is certainly nothing to laugh at. This means Watson takes up the wheel of the first tuned Patrol, which actually came courtesy of Saheed and has the same 4.8-Liter inline-6. But it has a turbo installed, pushing it to put out an additional 100-HP and 133 lb-ft of torque over the standard.
Before every race, the Carwow team like to do what they call a sound test, which involves revving up the engines and giving viewers an idea of just how epic the exhausts sound before anything else. As to be expected, the tuned Nissan Patrol outclasses the standard in the gravity of noise that comes out of the exhaust. Things change as the first drag race begins, however.
Despite the tuned Patrol holding more power, the standard takes the lead, Saheed pulling ahead. The two drivers remain neck and neck for a good chunk of the race until Watson gets his bearings and begins to pull ahead, only to come out on top by the end of the race, hitting speeds of nearly 100 mph. In a post-race chat, Watson tells Saheed that he feels that the tuned Patrol has just the right level of power.
Ferrari SF90 Races Modified Nissan Patrols To Spice Things Up
For the second race, the standard Patrol is switched out for an additional souped-up version with a Y61 twin-turbo kit that totals 1,200 HP and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. It, unsurprisingly, leaves Watson in the dust as the two cars race off the starting line. This comes even after Saheed gloats that the vehicle went into what he calls “lint mode” due to the fact that there wasn’t any fuel in the car. On the second pass, Watson laughs to himself as the extra souped-up Patrol shoots off and eventually crosses the line five seconds before his. Following the race, Watson decides that he wants to take a ride in the more powerful vehicle and in a rolling race, and manages to cross the line at a whopping 186+ MPH.
Following this race, Saheed’s tuned Nissan Patrol is swapped out for the Ferrari SF90, which, as Watson tells viewers, currently sits as the faster hybrid supercar on sale. The Ferrari is armed with a 4-liter twin turbo V8 engine mated to an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It also has an eight-speed, dual-clutch, automatic gearbox. Additionally, the front motor has an electric motor on each wheel, totaling 986 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque – all with a starting price of over $550,000 for the SF90 Stradale. And even though the Ferrari entered the race with less power than the additionally souped-up Patrol, it still left the SUV in the dust in every attempt.
Disaster Strikes For The World's Fastest Modified SUV
With the Ferrari SF90 as the current drag race champion, everything comes down to one final showdown. The Ferrari against the 3,000-HP SUV. This new SUV is dubbed a “Nissan Patrol that isn’t really a Nissan Patrol” as under the Nissan Patrol body is the chassis of an R35 Nissan GTR with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, fully built with two massive turbos, putting out a total of 3,000-HP and 2,582 lb-ft of torque. All this is finished with a six-speed automatic gearbox with launch control.
With the value of the two vehicles coming in at over a million, they begin with a rolling race, starting at 31 MPH, just to make sure that everything remains intact on both vehicles. In the rolling race, the hybrid Ferrari takes an early lead, seemingly leaving the SUV behind it. But there is a rapid shift of events as the Patrol reaches its full power and shoots beyond the Ferrari, leaving it in the rearview mirror. Not all is well for the SUV; however.
Post-race, we see a shot of the SUV pulled over at the end of the track, the hood raised. Both Saheed and Mat investigate the engine of the SUV, only to discover that the crank pulley in the engine is missing, having snapped off and left dangling in the guts of the engine due to the vehicle’s raw immense power on the track. While the SUV won the rolling race, it came at the cost of a vital part of its engine being lost and in need of replacement.