• Jun 1, 2008
Video of Nissan's newly-mined 7:29 Nürburgring lap time has now surfaced on YouTube. The video comes courtesy of a fan recording a television screen at what looks to be a Nissan event display. The background noise is rather overbearing, but if you crank up the volume it is possible to catch a hint of the squealing tires and screaming engine. Those are the same street tires available off the showroom floor, along with supposedly stock engine specifications. Regardless of the equipment though, the track is completely dry this time around and Nissan test driver Tochio Suzuki doesn't hold anything back. Catch the video after the jump. Thanks for the tip Collin and D@rk!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan: please get into international and American racing with this car. I miss the Sharp and BRE days. Your customers and, more importanlty, your marketing minions have forgotten what Nissan is all about. Think about what hospitality tents at major events (like ALMS) can do for your fans and your brand. Fans = brand ambassadors = free advertising.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree more. Get out and compete with cars with heritage at LeMans etc.....Porsche , Ferrari, Corvette, AM, Audi,MBZ,even Jag. It's better for everybody. In other series they have always raced tube frame cars. If they can't build their own chassis they could always hire ProDrive or Pratt&Miller.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Which cars do not do a flying start ?

      Cadillac , Zonda , BMW ?

      http://2009gtr.blogspot.com/search?q=nurburgring
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car got off to a flying start because of AWD. I like AWD Sports cars now.

      Only if the Corvette had AWD.... There's too much tire-spin on the Z06. And if 500+ HP on the Z06 overwhelms the rear tires, I can't even imagine the 638 HP ZR1.

        • 6 Years Ago
        LS7- I'm thinking that the other advantage of AWD would be the fact that you can mindlessly punch it through turns, and RWD only pushes, so you can't pull yourself out of turns like you can with AWD.

        However, your initial point is still true- that standing starts aren't really that crucial in race cars. The start is the only place where that happens is the very start, and obviously that only happens once in a race.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Too much tire spin for what?

        You don't start from a standing start more than once per race, performance from 0 is not an important factor for track cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      awesome driver. I would have had it into the wall trying to go that fast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why not the LS2LS7, what Sparcos in RS4? Audi wouldn't touch Sparco with a ten foot pole. Those are Recaro seats.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Okay. Thanks for the info. That explains why I had so much trouble searching for a picture!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great driving and it is a really great car. There is something that still makes me uneasy though. That this is an 80k sticker price car and puts out less power than a Z06 but can beat it in every way.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's also a much more complex machine - highly-refined awd, faster shifting gearbox, etc
        • 6 Years Ago
        the gtr may bit the zo6 in the quarter mile, it may bit it on the track. i dought it would on the streets. the z06 pulls away from the gtr past the quarter mile, and i bet it also does the same on roll on races. Its been proben that the gtr only does a faster time on the quarter because of the quick start. i am sure the new zr1 would smoke this gtr.
        • 6 Years Ago
        z06 should be cheaper then eh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Haters can't be lovers... this car rocks and those can't appreciate, never will. I noticed that since it's an "automatic" and dude was not wasting a hand shifting, he was enjoying a frosty shake and a few french fries while he was going around the "N." Nice job Nissan... let the NSX and LFX (or whatever Lexus calls it) come up to the dance floor and get ready to dance...
      • 6 Years Ago
      @joe they start the timer going out of the pit and they end it going in the. So its fair
      • 6 Years Ago
      this looks like it might be a clip from an upcoming best motoring video, in which case we'll know for sure once it's released. the presenters/testers usually list the car's specs/setup/mods (if any). seriously fast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who cares about stock ? Lets bring on the 650 hp+ turbo upgrades.

      http://2009gtr.blogspot.com/2008/06/power-house-amuse-r35-gt-r-turbo.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if those 7:15 lap times were actually the V-spec running around in the middle of the night.... that would be somthing...

      7:29 in a 4,000lb car. It's a GT-R what did you expect lol?
        • 6 Years Ago
        seriously. this is the latest in a family of cars which saw magazine journalists lapping porsche test drivers in preproduction cars on the 'ring... which makes it all the more entertaining when people bitch and whine. Leno even likes it, get over it, respect what nissan achieved, go back to enjoying the 6l with a 6mt. to each his own.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan is the biggest fraud in the automotive industry today.

      Why?

      -Flying start

      -Does not start and stop timing at the same place

      -Test mule car aka non-production spec

      -Slick tires

      Nissan likes to issue press releases stating their car is production spec but the intelligent enthusiasts can easily see through their lies.

        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL... the amount of highest ranks... makes me want to reply under this post just so i can get Highest Ranked.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Slicks? Why would Nissan spend millions on testing with tires that they won't even sell the car with?

        I mean, it's obviously unfair, the GT-R is too fast for most other Nuerburgring cars. That's why the laptime is so low. Nissan cheated by building a fast car that can handle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you totally just made up that crap. you say they use slicks, and the post clearly states:
        "Those are the same street tires available off the showroom floor."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not slicks, though not too far off a trackday tyre (which isn't even close to a real slick)

        http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/Nissan-GT-R-Tyres.htm

        Just very sticky road rubber. Btw bridge to gantry is the standard way of timing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're calling yourself intelligent? Posting comments to start arguments is a bit lame don't you think? Get a life.
        • 6 Years Ago
        what race track doesn't use a flying start?
        • 6 Years Ago
        THERE IS NO STOPPING ON TRACK, THEREFORE NO STANDING STARTS. GET OVER IT.
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