VIDEO: Battle of the 80s track weapons

Nissan 300ZX Z31 Laguna Seca pace car 1984

Long before it was Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the circuit was sponsored by Nissan and had the 200-horsepower 1984 300ZX Turbo as its official pace car. In a video from the period, the most 80s vehicular battle you can imagine pits it (0-60 in 7 seconds!) against a Honda VF700S Sabre and famed rider “Fast Freddie” Spencer’s Honda 500GP race bike. To even the odds, the Z and the Sabre are given a head start and take off before Spencer even puts on his helmet. The result is, well, close. See the video below.

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7 Responses to VIDEO: Battle of the 80s track weapons

  1. Sedanlover said:

    Awesome! Great way to start my Thursday. Thanks Ben.

  2. Daniel said:

    less than 1:27 (or something like that) to make the whole circuit. It is the same as is currently used for motogp? if so, they spend so much money and it’s only 3-4 seconds faster in 30 years.
    and evolution in chassis, suspension, brakes and tires that would be of modern 2-stroke motorcycle racing today?
    is part of your story the 2-stroke Honda , to be proud , not to hide with shame in all advertisements.

    • dan said:

      Laguna Seca was changed around ’88 i believe, so you cant compare lap times

      • dan said:

        Regardless, the quickest 500cc lap of laguna is

        500cc GP pole record: Mick Doohan (Honda) 1min 26.068secs – 91.850mph (1994)

        The quickest motogp lap:
        1:20.554 – Jorge Lorenzo

  3. SHC said:

    The ’80’s SV700S is a beast!

  4. Deadduck said:

    That was awesome!

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