• Jan 6th 2009 at 2:29PM
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Drop the needle on that old Blue Oyster Cult record, because Godzilla has come to Buttonwillow. More to the point, a a group of Nissan GT-R owners, enthusiasts, and tuners held a track day at the popular California road course on December 29th. The fastest lap of the day was 1:57, which is darned speedy. We'll let the videos posted after the jump do the talking. We're running a petition to get Autoblog staffers GT-Rs as official company cars, though it'll be tough to show up at the next one of these things with a scale model and try to turn laps. Thanks for the tip, Darin.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      A "gaggle" of Nissans? Does this mean when the ZR1 shows up the GT-R's get "goosed"?
        • 6 Years Ago

        GT-R= $80k

        ZR-1= $105k

        What math do you use to get $160k (2 GT-Rs)= $105k (1 ZR-1)?
        • 6 Years Ago
        ZR1 FTW!!1!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, lets see, you can buy two GT-R's for the price of ONE ZR-1. I should hope it can.

        *passes the hateraid*
        • 6 Years Ago
        And Mike, you forgot to add on the price of replacing the transmission that Nissan won't cover when, not if, but when it goes. That's 25K so the price is even.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You both forgot to add markup to the ZR1. At this precise moment in time, ZR1s are going for almost double what a GT-R is going for.

        Transmissions are covered under warranty if you are tracking the car.
        In which case, they'll never break anyway. So the question of if or
        when are both stupid.

        So no, you don't add $25K (which seems to be exaggerated from the
        last time someone tried to 'quote' the cost of replacement, I'm sure
        next week it'll be $35K, then $105K)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Quote from Autoblog Oct. 13, 2008.
        "A member of the North American GT-R Owner's Club forums started a thread recently in which he tells about dropping off his Nissan GT-R at the dealership when he began hearing loud noises coming from the rear of the car. The dealership told him that his transmission was toast as a direct result of him turning off the car's VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) too much, which you have to do in order to use the Launch Control function. The cost to repair the tranny is $20,000 and Nissan won't cover it under warranty".
        Sorry, but knowing a car is marked up as much as you say (which I don't believe) says alot about the car. Soon to come, money on the hood for GT-R.
        I prefer cars that burn petroleum products, not Uncle Bens.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A ZR1 in the hands of someone inexperienced would have their hands more than full in this competition.

      • 6 Years Ago
      yah so overall track times arent that impressive. but still, almost 120mph on the back straight is pretty quick. actually, doing 100mph on the sweeper and just before the hill is impressive. compared to what i drive at buttonwillow at least...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looking at the in-car video shows they were running configuration 13CW (not 15 CW like the link to Trakpedia shows). The in-car video fades out as the time goes over 1:59 and the car hadn't crossed the finish line yet. I have to assume the 1:57 was another car. A 1:57 on 13CW is right on the track record for SCCA GT-2 cars. Check this link, http://www.calclub.com/html/html2/archives/2004/butwlwtrec13_3_29_04.htm to see. That's about right where this car should be since GT-2 cars (I run in GT-2 with the SCCA, STS-2 with NASA) generally have HP/WT ratio around 260 rwhp/2000 lbs. Of course the GT-2 cars are running slicks. There's no doubt the GT-R is a fast, capable car and a 1:57 (especially if done on DOT legal tires) is very impressive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh.... camera mount would've been nice
      • 6 Years Ago
      What have I learned from all this? At least one GT-R owner has really, I mean REALLY, bad taste in music. And another needs more practice shooting videos.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hmm... true. All is forgiven. :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        well his taste in cars isnt bad
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is with all the Fast and Furious stickers? Way to cheese it up a nice ride.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't like stickers either and I'd never put them on any car of mine, but I'm guessing some of these may be shop demo cars and the stickers are basically advertisement. If they're shop cars then it's understandable. If not then yeah, way too F&F.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ya seriously.
        It just gives people who hate this car, more reason to hate it and the people who drive them.
        They treat their 75,000 dollar machine, like it's a $5000 dollar honda civic with a v tech.
      • 6 Years Ago
      so where exactly are those nissan supercars?
      • 6 Years Ago

      There's a GT-R being offered at auction tomorrow.

      I'll try to remember to come back and post it's selling price...if it sells.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For comparison: I run 1:56's in my Formula Ford with 115 hp. My dad runs 1:38's in his can-am car. But for a street car WOW.
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