Nissan is so impressed with the performance of the new GT-R sports car that the automaker seems to be preparing to join Germany’s Nürburgring. Last weekend, Chief Engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno demonstrated TTAC on a track at the back of a Nissan factory in Oppama, Japan. Nissan will test its sports car’s speed and handling on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the northern loop of the legendary Nürburgring racecourse.
The 2013 GT-R is powered by a reworked 6-cylinder dual turbocharged engine, and a retuned suspension, as well as other improvements. According to Nissan’s internal tests, the new GT-R took a lap around the Nordschleife in 7 minutes 18 seconds – which is over 8 seconds faster than its former 7:26:70 time of 2009.
The 7:18 time would place the GT-R 7 spots away from the No. 1 position of an informal list kept at Wikipedia. Mizuno, the “Godfather of the GT-R”, isn’t unfazed by this fact. He believes that the GT-R can surpass the 7:14 that the Porsche 918 has unofficially claimed. It could also exceed the 7:12:13 time achieved by the Dodge Viper ACR.
He said that the new track edition of the GT-R can accomplish the lap in less than 7 minutes. It is equipped with a roll-cage and it has majority of the GT-R’s luxurious interior taken out, exposing the bare metal.
However, it uses the same engine as the regulation GT-R. The 550hp engine powers the GT-R, which rides on Dunlop slick tires.
The car is still not street legal in Japan because it doesn’t have the function that restricts all cars in Japan to a maximum speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). It’s believed that since it’s just a slightly revised GT-R, it could become street-legal easily.