Nissan GT-R returns to the Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 29, 2014

The Nissan GT-R will be returning to the Nurburgring Nordschleife on June 21-22 at one of the toughest endurance races in the world -- the 2014 Nurburgring 24 Hours. The Nordschleife has been the venue for several Nissan road car time attacks, the latest of which had new Nissan GT-R NISMO finished a whole lap in just 7 minutes 8.679 seconds – a new record for a volume production car.

The record-breaking feat – which confirms Nissan's long-term commitment to developing performance models at the Nurburgring – was achieved by Michael Krumm, who will be also fielded by Nissan for the Nurburgring 24 Hours. He is one of the top racers that Nissan and NISMO have assembled for its first official participation on the Nurburgring 24 Hours in recent years.

At the frontline of Nissan’s assault will be two-car entry from Nissan GT Academy Team RJN in cooperation with NISMO Factory engineers from Japan as well as another GT-R entry from Schulze Motorsport. Nick Heidfeld, GT Academy Germany Judge, will be piloting the No. 80 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, marked to celebrate Nissan's 80th year.

Heidfeld will be joined by Florian Strauss, the most recent GT Academy Germany winner. This will be just Strauss’ fourth international race. Heidfeld and Strauss will be joined by the GT Academy graduate Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe.

Nissan will field another unit, the No. 30 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 that was numbered to celebrate 30 years of NISMO. This unit will be engineered mostly by NISMO team from Japan. Nissan Super GT racers Michael Krumm and Kazuki Hoshino will join Katsumasa Chiyo and Tetsuya Tanaka in this car.

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NISSAN GT-R RETURNS HOME

Nissan today announced that it is bringing back the Nissan GT-R to the Nordschleife with an assault on the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours. The event, held on 21-22 June, is one of the toughest endurance races in the world, providing the ultimate test of man and machine as they compete on the daunting Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The Nordschleife is the scene of many Nissan road car time attacks over the years, the latest of which saw the new Nissan GT-R NISMO road car* complete a lap in just 7 minutes 8.679 seconds. This record time for a volume production car once again stated the giant killing performance of the latest iteration of the Nissan GT-R and Nissan's continued long term commitment to developing its performance models at the ‘Ring. Behind the wheel for the record-breaking lap was Michael Krumm who of course features in Nissan's line-up for the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Nissan and NISMO have assembled a varied group of top racers from its global stable for its first official assault on the event in recent years. Leading the charge will be a two-car entry from Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, which will be run in conjunction with NISMO Factory engineers from Japan and a further GT-R entered by Schulze Motorsport.

GT Academy Germany Judge, Nick Heidfeld, will race the No.80 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, numbered to celebrate Nissan's 80th year. He will team up with the most recent GT Academy Germany winner, Florian Strauss, who was chosen by Nick to make the transition from virtual to reality just eight months ago. Florian will be glad to be racing with his mentor at the Nürburgring as this will be only the fourth international race of his career. Nick and Florian will be joined by the two men who know the GT3 GT-R better than most: another GT Academy graduate, Lucas Ordóñez, and Alex Buncombe.

“I'm delighted to increase my involvement with Nissan from my judging role on the German GT Academy show to now also include racing the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 at the Nürburgring 24 Hours," said Heidfeld. “To be team-mates with Florian who I helped select as the 2013 winner of the GT Academy competition is quite incredible and is a great chance for me to continue the mentoring process with him at the Nordschleife. Together with Alex and Lucas we will tackle one of the most beautiful and challenging circuits in the world."

Lining up alongside them will be the No.30 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, which celebrates 30 years of NISMO. This car will be engineered predominately by a team from NISMO who will travel from Japan for this event. Nissan Super GT racers, Michael Krumm and Kazuki Hoshino, will team up with Nismo Global Exchange Driver Katsumasa Chiyo and ‘Ring regular Tetsuya Tanaka in this car.

"Driving a Nissan GT-R at the Nürburgring is pure pleasure," said Krumm. “To have the opportunity to battle for top positions makes this year's race very special for me. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a few years now, and it looks like this could be the shot for a good position.

“Having said that, anything can happen at the Nordschleife," he continued. “So we also need luck of course. For the young drivers in our team it will be a huge challenge. The Nordschleife is the most challenging circuit in the world and when you add rain and fog to the equation, things can get even more uncomfortable. I'm sure they will all do a great job, as everyone has been prepared by Nissan and NISMO very well."

The third Schulze GT-R has another star driver from the virtual world, the creator of Gran Turismo, Kazanori Yamauchi and the 2009 winner of GT Academy, Jordan Tresson.

“The Nürburgring 24 Hours is a special event for Nissan," said Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO. “To compete at the Nordschleife will be a very proud moment for everyone involved as we think about the long line of road specification GT-Rs and now the GT-R NISMO that have grown up there. It is important to show our fans and customers again that there is cross over between road cars and race car development at Nissan. There is no better evidence of that than the Japanese based NISMO engineers huge commitment to this global effort. "

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