The Grand Tour Races Porsche 918 Spyder Against GT-R-Powered Nissan Patrol

For their season finale, The Grand Tour camped in Dubai, UAE, but it wasn’t exactly the hypercar heaven that we were expecting.

However, that doesn’t mean it was less exciting than previous episodes, and this being the city where the police drives Bugattis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens and Porsches, it had to live up to its name.

Note: Spoilers ahead

Besides the ‘past vs. future’ race between Clarkson’s Volkswagen Golf GTI and May’s BMW i3, which shows why having the ability to refill your tank in no time still beats battery-driven cars, Richard Hammond had a different idea of what viewers would like to see.

This included having part of a highway closed for an epic drag race between the Bugatti Veyron and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Having proved that the mighty Veyron’s days are numbered in the world of high-end supercars, the Hamster was then ‘challenged’ by one of the locals, who came with a heavily modified Nissan Patrol, wanting a piece of Porsche’s hybrid hypercar. With 1,900 horsepower from a heavily-tuned GT-R engine on tap, this special Patrol is by all means mind-blowing quick, but is it fast enough for the 918 Spyder?


  • pureworx

    how do you know it was a GTR engine? in the UAE the v8 petrol nissan patrol is a popular choice for modification and can produce those power figures. They’ve been racing such monsters before the GTR even launched,

    The GTR drive train is not the only 4wd nissan have that is highly modifiable.

    anyway, i’d take the nissan over the porsche or veyron any day.

  • annon

    hmmm interesting that “Hamster” doesn’t even seem to be changing gears in the “porky”???

  • Blade t

    Havent seen one episode of the new show….

    • BGM

      GT is not as good as TG, says the man who signed up for Prime solely to watch these guys again. I hope they will mature into it but two things tell me they won’t: the show is very expensive and the presenters old so this won’t last 20 years. And the presenters should be doing better from the start, considering the experience they have.

      PS – fire that moronic The American. The Stig never uttered a word and had more charisma than this clown.

  • thunder bolt

    why can’t we get that real-man Nissan here in the states, most Nissan here in the states have the ‘feminist’ design. fuck that.

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