The Toyota GR Yaris Laps Faster Than a Nissan R35 GT-R NISMO*
*only by 4/10ths on a short flat track and under wet conditions, but a win's a win
Llandow Circuit, located 15 miles south of Cardiff in Wales, isn't as inspiring a race track as, say, the one in Anglesey where most British motoring publications test cars like the Toyota GR Yaris. But that's where Autocar went for their comparison test five days ago, and they brought along a Nissan GT-R NISMO (R35/2021) for a comparison.
The R35 is 400kg heavier than the diminutive Yaris but is much more powerful and advanced a car by comparison, and given Llandow's layout, you'd think the GT-R could easily outrun the hatchback twice over. But it's rainy, and Matt Prior isn't an elite hot shoe, so the Yaris ekes out 0.4s of space between it and the GT-R. Of course, on a fine, dry day, the R35 will punk the Yaris any day of the week, but it didn't, and the fact that a Yaris can conceivably keep up with a GT-R is an achievement in itself.
So let's find a more realistic gauge of the Yaris' true pace on a single lap.
Here it is fighting a modern revision of the Mini John Cooper Works car...except it wasn't a fight so much as a storm of bullets fired from a gatling gun. With a 5.8-second gulf between the Yaris and Mini, it's pretty much a slaughter in favour of the Yaris, and its 2:03.80 lap is only a second off the FK8 Civic Type-R.