Sébastien Buemi, a former Formula 1 driver, is prepared to establish a new lap record while driving the Nissan GT-R this week at the Nurburgring. Sources said that Nissan has exclusively booked the use of the venue for its laps. Buemi will have to break the record set by Toshio Suzuki in 2012 of 7m 18.6sec.
This is the ninth fastest time by a road-legal car at the circuit. It’s expected that the Nissan GT-R Nismo will have its official unveiling this November at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Williams F1 team is helping develop this model as part of efforts to boost its aerodynamic performance. Earlier this year, Buemi said that he has been testing on the Nordschleife and it has been “interesting.”
He added that at its early stage, they’ve been getting the car to perform increasingly better. The car was previously spotted while it was being tested in Europe, just outside Nissan's technical centre. It was heavily camouflaged but it was apparent that the car got cosmetic and aerodynamic improvements, which likely include a Nismo-specific bodykit.
The other modifications include a subtly different air intake system and Nismo-specific parts like alloy wheels. In addition, it seems that the Nismo variant gets a different suspension setup as it appears to be a bit lower than the conventional GT-R.
According to Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Nissan, it is “unthinkable” to create a lineup Nismo road cars that excludes the GT-R. He further said that the standard road car is a global supercar and that the GT-R Nismo will be special.
The styling of the new Nissan GT-R Nismo strictly adheres to the racing philosophy of “form follows function.” To further improve its performance, the new Nissan GT-R Nismo features a number of motorsports-inspired technologies as evident on its optimized powertrain, suspension and aerodynamics -- all of which result to the creation of a supercar challenger that could be driven on the road as well as on the track.
Nissan plans to commence sales of the GT-R Nismo in Japan in late February 2014, and in the United States and Europe later that year.
Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn described the Nismo edition as the fastest Nissan GT-R so far, as evidenced by its ability to complete a lap in the Nurburgring Nordschliefe in Germany in just 7:08.679. This lap time is basically a new record for production cars at the so-called Green Hell.
Powering the new GT-R Nismo is a 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine that is a product of expertise and experience that Nismo has gained from taking part in various races like the Nurburgring 24 hour race.
Thanks to this know-how, Nismo was able to hike the power of the V6 engine to 591 hp (441 kW) of max output and 481 lb.-ft. (652 Nm) of peak torque. This engine now employs new high-flow, large diameter turbochargers that are usually found in GT3 cars. These turbochargers allow for better breathing and help optimize individual ignition timing control for each cylinder.