2012 Nissan GT-R sets another record on Nurburgring: 7 minutes 24 seconds!

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 25, 2011

If you are addicted to cars like we are, you definitely know something about the war between Porsche and Nissan over the controversial lap of the GT-R on the Nurburgring racetrack. Back in 2007, the Nissan GT-R raced the well-known German racetrack in just 7 minutes and 29 seconds – while the Porsche Carrera GT was able to lap the racetrack in just 7 minutes and 28 seconds.

The time set by Nissan made Porsche angry and accused the Nissan engineers that they were lying, although the Japanese manufacturer posted a video with the GT-R on the Nurburgring.

Now, after four years, Nissan went back to Nurburgring with the updated 2012 GT-R and the results were impressive: the Japanese supercar was able to race the Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 24 seconds. This will definitely be some bad news for Porsche, but we still hope that the GT2 RS a.k.a. its most powerful vehicle will do the job and overtake Nissan.

Still, Porsche will also bring its impressive 918 Spyder to Nurburgring in few years, as it already announced today that the deliveries will start in 2014.

Regarding the 2012 Nissan GT-R, the car carries the same 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine found on the previous model, delivering 530 hp and (previous model delivered 485 hp) and 612 Nm of torque from 3,200 to 6,200 rpm (previous model delivered 588 Nm). The 2012 model year GT-R also has a better coefficient of drag, from 0.27 to 0.26.

The feel of the shift, and that of its quietness, have both been improved due to its flywheel housing having a firmer fixing bearing and the design of its shift fork arm being strengthened. In addition, competition versions are equipped with the specially developed differential oil R35 COMPETITION Type 2189E (75W140).

However, this will now be made available in all Nissan GT-R variants. Aside from being able to provide more power and even more torque, certain parts of the vehicle have been reinforced like the dash panel and the rear potion of its engine compartment.

The reason for this is that it provides a more responsive handling and at the same time transmits to the driver an increase sensed of the road grip. By using more precise production methods hand in hand with advancements done on the body, the vehicle’s inter-vehicle detection capability was improved even further. This was achieved by doing two things. First is that the body is more highly-damped and rigid resulting in a position change of its sensors.

The second was that vehicle testing was conducted on each body; and on areas that were found to have higher sensitivity, more accurate acceleration sensors were added. Since this was a right-hand drive vehicle, there was a need to account for the added weight due to the driver and that the propeller shaft for its front wheels has been placed on the vehicle’s right side. To address this particular issue, the suspension in the right-hand drive variants of the Nissan GT-R has been set-up asymmetrically.

What this means is that when it comes to the front suspension, it gives a harder spring rate on the car’s left side. Its suspension arm in the rear meanwhile has been placed in an upward position from the left side. It then goes downwards to the right. The result is that while there is indeed an imbalanced wheel load especially when the vehicle is not moving, the balance equalizes when driving starts. This ensures that responsiveness is improved, as well as that of the steering feel and the smoothness.

For the RHD versions in particular, riding comfort and cornering stability are improved as well. For the Nissan GT-R Premium and that of the EGOIST grade, the brand is offering the Nissan Carbon Ceramic Brakes as an option, albeit factory-installed. What these brakes do is that they highlight the car’s agility on the road and flexible ride feel. This is all owed to the spring weight that has been reduced and the sharp refined braking performance that is limited to carbon ceramics.

The brand has also lowered the service parts prices for the pads and rotors. On the interior, one can immediately get the feeling of quality on the instruments that are facing the driver. These have been improved further by having blue lighting inside the vehicle’s tachometer ring, which makes it match the shift position indicator light and therefore make the cockpit have a more sophisticated ambience.

Coming as standard for all the models will be a Rear View Camera instrument. Specifically for the EGOIST grade, sound quality is enhanced. A switch was made from Bose sound system woofers to the Bose Precision Sound System woofers. For the Japanese and the U.K., markets, the brand will be offering the "For TRACK PACK". This is a new variant of the Nissan GT-R line and was made for customers who prefer a more primal driving experience.

This version was created in cooperation with NordRing Company located in Japan. It has a number of new features like improved settings for the suspension and even offers extra brake cooling for both the front and the rear portion.

The Spec-V aluminum-alloy wheels were created by Rays and come in a black quartz chrome color coating. Then there is the front spoiler that has a carbon air duct, a feature that is exclusive for this particular version. To lower the weight of the car, the "For TRACK PACK" version follows a two-seat configuration and instead of rear seats, it has quilted fabric mats. Its front seats meanwhile come in high-grip fabric and in leather, specifically made for this version. This is a benefit for those who have the RHD variant as it allows the driver to be held in place regardless of a rather spirited race on the tracks.

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