Nissan GT-R beats the UEFA Champions League image

Science tells us – riding in a Nissan GT-R supercar is actually more thrilling than watching a soccer/football match, even if that one is part of the European queen of sports Champions league competition.

We agree. So on with the facts. The Nissan GT-R will take you not to 60 mph (96 kph) in something close to three seconds and then won’t stop until it caps at a maximum speed of 191 miles per hour (307 kilometers per hour). And according to science that’s pretty thrilling. To find out just how thrilling. Sports science experts at Loughborough University in the U.K. were enlisted by Nissan and a few – lucky if you ask us – participants were fitted with wearable monitor equipment to gather data about heart and breathing rate to measure the excitement levels.

The tests were easy – one took place at UEFA Champions League matches, and the other with the willing participant strapped in the passenger seat of a GT-R that was lapping the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The results were as follows – on average the heart rate surged 39 percent at the UEFA match versus 37 percent in the GT-R, but the average heart rate was 91 beats per minute at the UEFA match and 100 beats per minute in the GT-R. Peak heart rate of 136BPM and breathing rate increase (144 percent) were also achieved in the GT-R. “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,” explained Dr. Dale Esliger from Loughborough University.