Datsun 240Z rally car v KTM 450 EXC

Jethro returns to a rally-spec Blyton Park to see which is faster, a Datsun 240Z rally car or KTM 450 EXC. Video here

This week’s car v bike video brings dusty gravel and a great big jump into the equation, so we had to ditch the stiffly sprung tarmac stuff for more acrobatic machinery.

Step up then KTM’s 450 EXC, a single-cylinder four-stroke enduro bike with 66bhp, WP suspension with 300mm of travel and tough Maxxis enduro tyres to tackle the part tarmac, part gravel course.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The bike might not be perfectly setup for this layout, but its rider, Ady Smith, has a few tricks up his sleeve to drag a hot lap out of it. As multiple British Enduro and British Supermoto Champion, he wastes little time before backing the 111kg machine into corners and chucking up stones to set a blistering laptime.

How can an old Datsun compete with that then? Well with a Safari Rally under its belt, the Datsun we've sourced for this battle looks a little over-prepared for the comparably miniature jump of Blyton’s dusty infield. Fitted with suspension worth over £5,000 per corner and strengthened to 1000kg to enable massive Safari launches, there's no denying the Dansport prepared 240Z looks achingly cool with stone chips, dents and battle scars beneath its Amigos beer livery. 

Its 270bhp straight-six engine sounds epic from outside, and watching driver Andy wrestle his way through the dogbox looks tiring from any angle. But having spent hour upon hour in the classic competition car, does he manage to tie together a lap to challenge the KTM?

Just incase it wasn't enough, we may have snuck in a small, rally-legend shaped surprise to boost the car’s chances of victory, but was it enough? The video above reveals all...

Find used Datsun 240z's for sale on the Classic and Performance Car site here.

Most Popular

BMW 1 Series

BMW 128ti revealed as direct hot hatch rival to VW Golf GTI

BMW has revealed a simplified front-wheel drive hot 1-series called 128ti that will sit below the M135i performance flagship
16 Sep 2020
Nissan 370Z

Nissan Z Proto revealed – V6 twin-turbo, six-speed manual, and a catch

It’s the Nissan sports car we’ve been waiting 11 years for, but don’t hold your breath for it in the UK
16 Sep 2020
McLaren Senna

Five McLaren Senna GTR LMs in Le Mans liveries revealed

Celebrating 25 years since McLaren’s domination of the 1995 Le Mans 24hr with the F1 GTR
18 Sep 2020

Used car deals of the week

We’ve perused the used car pages so you don’t have to. Here’s what caught evo’s fancy this week
16 Sep 2020