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.