Science never lies.

Most everyone knows that the Nissan GT-R is a pretty thrilling car. From a standstill it will sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in just under 3.0 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h). But exactly how thrilling is it according to science?

Together with sports science experts at Loughborough University in the U.K., Nissan fitted a few willing participants with wearable monitors that gather data like heart rate and breathing rate in an effort to measure excitement levels. Two tests were conducted: one at the UEFA Champions League matches, and another while sitting in the passenger seat of a  GT-R as it lapped the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

The results showed participants, on average, were more excited while in the GT-R. Though average heart rate increase was 39 percent at the UEFA match versus 37 percent in the GT-R, average heart rate was 91 beats per minute at the UEFA match versus 100 beats per minute in the GT-R. Things like peak heart rate (136BPM) and breathing rate increase (144 percent) were also higher in the GT-R.

"The main differences we saw were the physiological responses of the passengers and football supporters breathing rates," said Dr. Dale Esliger from Loughborough University.


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"During the football matches we saw breathing rate increasing followed by a reduction in breathing rate, as fans held their breath during key moments of anticipation, thus demonstrating their excitement journey across the course of 90 minutes is more of a rollercoaster of emotions. Whilst for the GT-R passengers breathing rate consistently increases, suggesting a more sustained feeling of excitement.

Lest you forget, the Nissan GT-R comes with a 600-horsepower 3.8-litre biturbo V6, up 20 hp over the outgoing model. Yeah, pretty damn thrilling.

Source: Nissan

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