2014 Nissan GT-R preparing for a new record on Nurburgring

Article by Anita Panait, on November 16, 2012

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.

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.

As planned, the latest iteration of the Nissan GT-R performance flagship will be coming to Europe and Japan as a 2013 model and in the United States as a 2014 model. When it arrives, the new Nissan GT-R is set to leave passionate drivers in awe with its sharper handling, better response times and higher levels of stability.

Powering the new 2013 Nissan GT-R is a revised 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that now boasts of greater responses from the mid and upper rpm ranges. As a result, this engine now generates around 550 PS of max output, which is good enough to best its predecessor in the 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) sprint by 0.1 second to only 2.7 seconds. Aside from the engine tweaks, Nissan also modified the GT-R’s front anti-roll bar, dampers and springs to make it more stable at high speeds and to enhance its traction. Moreover, these changes also allowed the 2013 GT-R to offer a greater driving experience and a more refined ride.

As a more definite test of performance, the 2013 Nissan GT-R managed to outdo the lap time of its predecessor at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany. The 2012 GT-R as recorded a lap time of seven minutes and 21 seconds, while the 2013 GT-R defeated this record by nearly two seconds at seven minutes and 19.1 seconds during testing in May 2012. GT-R creator Kazutoshi Mizuno indicated that the 2013 GT-R could actually finish a lap in just seven minutes and 18.6 seconds, but 0.5 seconds were lost to traffic.

Modifications made to the 2013 GT-R were a result of the data generated during the 2012 Nürburgring 24-Hour race in Germany wherein two near-production GT-R models were fielded. As a result of these data, Nissan managed to create a four-wheel-drive super-coupe that is now known not only for its supreme performance, but also for its lineage and integrity.

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