Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nurburgring and Nissan's GT-R Nismo (Autoblog)

Nissan GT-R Nismo 'Ring time makes it track's 'fastest volume production car' [w/video]

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Posted Nov 19th 2013 12:59PM

Performance cars are fun to drive and all, but at the end of the day, owners drop big bucks on what are often ridiculously unpractical vehicles for the bragging rights. And when it comes to ultimate bragging rights, few get more publicized than lap times for everyone's favourite stretch of German pavement, the Nürburgring. Enter the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo.

After rumours about a 7:08 lap time appeared yesterday, Nissan confirmed has confirmed the news today with video footage of the run, which took place on September 30. The official lap time is just seven minutes and 8.679 seconds, putting the GT-R Nismo about 11 seconds off the pace of the Porsche 918 Spyder – some six seconds quicker than the far costlier Lexus LFA. Some admitted – but hard-to-spot – missteps by Nissan driver Michael Krumm would indicate that the car actually left some time on the table.

With this time, Nissan claims that the 595-horsepower GT-R Nismo is the "fastest volume production car" around the track. The definition of "volume" could surely be contested here, though, considering the small numbers in which the GT-R is sold. While we don't have global GT-R sales figures, this year has only seen 1,063 units sold through October, and there were close to 1,300 sold in all of 2011 and about 1,200 in 2012. While this loosely defined claim will only add to the Nürburgring lap time squabbling, it is no less impressive. Check out the record run for yourself in the video below, which is accompanied by an official press release.

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