If you’re a fan of The Grand Tour, the new show from Clarkson, Hammond and May, you may be familiar with this particular Nissan Patrol.
In the last episode of the first season, Richard Hammond drag races a Porsche 918 Spyder against a Bugatti Veyron and having dispatched that, lines up against this innocuous-looking short-wheelbase Nissan Patrol, only to be blown into the weeds.
YouTube channel 1320 Video has tracked down the Patrol in question and exposed its secret. Unsurprisingly, it lives in the Dubai, the land of excess, and essentially, underneath the Patrol bodyshell is a Nissan R35 GT-R; in fact, it’s probably more accurate to describe the car as a GT-R with a Patrol body.
There’s a highly-modified VR38DETT engine, stroked to 4.1 litres, capable of over 1400kW, as well as the GT-R gearbox, diffs, subframes and brakes. It’s a similar concept to the Juke R that Nissan produced a couple of years ago, only with around three times the power.
1320 is lucky enough to score a ride in the ballistic Nissan, and unbelievably, it seems relatively tame cruising the streets of Dubai. That is until boost hits and the world goes backwards at an incredible rate. And that’s on the low boost setting.
On the medium boost setting, equivalent to around 1200kW, it looks absolutely terrifying. Something this size and weight shouldn’t be able to accelerate so quickly.
It seems that the biggest problem is that its appearance on The Grand Tour has destroyed its sleeper status, having beamed its hypercar-humbling performance around the world.