Autocross and road tracks are different. Cars like the Elise, Mini's do extremely well on autocross b/c it's all about lighter weight and handling. GTR, although a great and fast car isn't build for autocross, just too heavy. Road courses are a different story, especially ones that you can build up speed like the Nurburgring. I've read many reviews on the GTR, with it's computer gadgets, it's an easy car to go fast, even if you are a novice, the computer will correct your mistakes so it's no surprised that a kid is fast. I've heard many stories about beginners in a GTR going to the track for the first time and get respectable times. The problem with that is it hides your mistake, get into a Porsche or a Corvette and try to drive that way, you might end up in a wall. Still have to respect the GTR for what it is, it's fast and it makes you comfortable going fast.
What you all miss is that our autocross is not Miata friendly, unless you have a big-ass turbo. The president drives a V8 Vantage. The course designer a Z06 and a GT3. Our courses are high horsepower tracks. In fact, the GT3 and a modified Lotus Elise tied for FTD, which would not happen on a tighter track.
The main point is, I KNOW the GT-R is a much faster car, and it wasn't about being rude to a newbie it was more about the fact that he made fun of my car and in the end, it paid him back. However, as I said, we ended up giving him a trophy anyway to make him feel better.
It was all about my Pride in my SLK, not my racing skill, not direct Nurburgring comparisons, but about the SLK shining that day, at least in my eyes. So, Cyber, et. al., get over it.
Well, it was part about my racing skill. Finding out I was only 2 seconds out on the car's abilities, not the 4 or 5 I was worried I was, made me happy I am improving. That part had nothing to do with the GT-R.
PS: My SLK is 100 lbs. heavier than his GT-R is. We checked. I have every option (but auto and AMG kit). His fully loaded weight was 3,760, mine is 3,840 (and considering he can have 2 more 120 lbs. bodies to make 3,700 loaded, that means his car might be even lighter!) Add to that the driver weighed 100 lbs. less than me (115 vs. my 214.) So the SLK is more NOT THE AUTOCROSS CAR than the GT-R.