Nissan answers to Porsche, again!

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Last week Porsche, the well-known German manufacturer accused Nissan that it used special tyres when set the Nurburgring record with its GT-R a.k.a. Godzilla. Tired of all these, Nissan revealed today that the tires used at Nurburgring were the Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST CTT, the standard tires used at every GT-R produced.

Testing a car with specialized parts such as unique tires or suspension has no meaning for us. The GT-R was designed from the start to be a supercar that could be driven anywhere, anytime and by anyone.

For us, testing the car in standard production specification is far more relevant than creating a one-off vehicle that our customers cannot buy," said Kazutoshi Mizuno, the chief engineer who supervised the building of the Nissan GT-R.

In fact, Nissan revealed today another important thing: the GT-R driven by the former F1 driver Toshio Suzuki carried 50 kilograms of data logging equipment supplied by Marelli and camera equipment.

Another problem is what kind of tires were installed on the Nissan GT-R bought by Porsche in order to be driven on Nurburgring, the Bridgestone Potenza RE070R or the Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST CTT.

"We are aware that several auto makers have purchased the GT-R for their own testing and evaluation. Like all GT-R customers, we recommend that any auto maker buying a GT-R should follow the recommended run-in procedures, service schedules and maintenance to ensure the maximum performance from their car,".

"In addition, we offer performance driving courses for prospective and current GT-R owners to help them get the best performance from their car. We would welcome the opportunity to help any auto manufacturer with understanding the full capabilities of the GT-R." said the Nissan officials. "We have used circuits like the Nurburgring and Sendai extensively during the development of the GT-R. The fastest lap-time was never the objective but a simple parameter for us to measure the GT-R in a consistent way against other world class supercars," added Mizuno.

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