• Apr 16, 2009
2010 Nissan GT-R at the Nurburgring - Click above for a hi-res gallery

Enough is never enough. Not when you're talking supercars and Nürburgring lap times. As if enough jaws weren't dropped when Nissan posted their fantastic initial time of 7:29 around the vaunted Nordschleife (besting Porsche's best), the automaker's engineers went back to the garage looking for a little extra for 2010. They came back with a slightly updated version, with five extra horsepower and revised dual-clutch transmission with updated launch control, plus a bigger fuel tank, new tires and a retuned suspension. So what effect would these modifications have on the GT-R's 'Ring run? About a second and a half off the record, which now stands for the Japanese supercar at an awe-inspiring 7:27.56.

According to Nissan, the time was posted using a 2010 GT-R with the optional V-Spec wheels and tires, driven by former F1 tester Toshio Suzuki. Fantastic as that time is, it's still another second short of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's 7:26.4 (to say nothing of the Dodge Viper ACR's 7:22.1), so Nissan will be back at it. And without the dirt and dust which the Japanese team says was coating the track to impede its lap time, they figure they just might find enough extra speed to claim the record. Details in the press release after the jump.



[Source: Nissan] PRESS RELEASE

Nissan GT-R Snares New Nurburgring Record


The all-conquering Nissan GT-R supercar has set another lap record at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

A Japanese specification GT-R, running on Dunlop tyres with RAYS forged alloy wheels (V-spec equipment) recorded a blistering 7min 27.56 secs yesterday.

Driven by Nissan's Chief test driver Toshio Suzuki (who recently demonstrated the GT-R to the Australian media in Sydney at Eastern Creek Raceway) piloted the performance coupe.

Although dry, the track surface grip was impaired by dust and sand. Under the direction of Nissan GT-R Chief Vehicle Engineer, Kazutoshi Mizuno, and depending on conditions, the Nissan test team will attempt another record at the 'Ring tomorrow.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      You all must have a crapload of money. I would take a GTR, Corvette (even non-ZR1), OR a Viper (including an older one). I don't care which. Any of these would make me happy and I'd never complain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1. What if you took the price point difference between a bone stock GT-R and a Corvette ZR1, Roughly $80K (GT-R) vs. $103K (ZR1), difference $23K....and bought go fast goodies for the GT-R so that in the end, both cars cost the same price. How badly would the GT-R whoop on the ZR1???


      1)Yes yes yes very interesting. And what if you blow your girlie man tranny with that greatly improved GTR? Will Nissan still cover the work and parts? Nope. Ill just take my stock ZR1 or ACR back to the dealer and say fix it. And they will under warrenty.

      2) Also what makes you think that 23K in "goodies" will make it so much faster? If that was the case would Mine's and all the other tuners have their GT-Rs at the ring to prove this? I think that when you are getting into these high strung V6TTs and even high strung V8s HP and seconds cost alot moer $$$s. I dont think 23K is going to knock 5 seconds off. Nissan has put ALOT more than 23K into this version of the car and it shaved 1.5 secs. Im betting more like 250K will push it down to those levels. Maybe you can get close for 100K. But I dont think 23K is going to make a huge difference. Not to mention we are looking at retail cost of the machines. Whats the R&D budgets like? That would tell a better more accurate story in my opinion. Overall cost in bang for the buck. Because Nissan, GM or Dodge could all sell those cars for 50K and take a huge loss. But they dont. And its been said that Nissan is losing money on each GTR they sell, alot like Honda/Acura did with the DC2 Integra TypeR. Brought specifically for Realtime Racing to be allowed to use it in the Speed Challenge series. Ever wonder why the DC5 Integra never made it here as a TypeRSX? GTR is a great car and the guys at Nissan should be more than proud of their acomplishments. As should GM and Dodge. But to keep competing with each other in this day and age... It just seems so pointless. Who is going to be turning laps like this? Other than the ring whats the longest track you have access to? 2? MAYBE 3 miles? Yea i get the pride thing, but whats that old saying about pride? There are lots both positive and negative but Ive never seen a positive quiote about having too much pride. "Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.” "Pride comes before a fall."

      Im thinking too philosophically about cars again...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The whole warranty debate is useless because right now the zr1 and every other GM vehicle is only safe because the government decided to back peoples warranty. I also don't see why people try to compare the two, you don't compare cars based on price, you compare them on specs. It is also stupid that people are such fanboys about car brands, it's fine to have a preference but not admitting the technical achievements of a car because it's japanese or whatever is retarded. The fact that the gt-r can go this fast with only 485 hp and 3800lbs is amazing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "And without the dirt and dust which the Japanese team says was coating the track to impede its lap time"

      ...The sun was in my eyes. My air conditioning was too cold. I sneezed in turn four. My seatbelt locked up...
        • 5 Years Ago
        that was a funny post. thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ....aaaand...the bitching begins.

      Well you know what I wonder? Here...I'll make a list:

      1. What if you took the price point difference between a bone stock GT-R and a Corvette ZR1, Roughly $80K (GT-R) vs. $103K (ZR1), difference $23K....and bought go fast goodies for the GT-R so that in the end, both cars cost the same price. How badly would the GT-R whoop on the ZR1???

      2. How come the Z06, which is roughly $6K less than a GT-R, has a 7.0L V-8 with 25 more HP, weights ALMOST 700lbs less, isn't worth a damn even to put up against the GT-R (a twin-turbo V-6) on the 'Ring???

      3. Why, after all these stated facts, are there so many HATERS that will not recognize the skills the has, and give it props, when if you went base model-to-base model all across the board, the base Corvette nor the base Viper can even hang with a base model GT-R on the 'Ring. Chevy and Dodge had to go and get their professional "'Ring-ers" (no pun intended) to go up against a college ball player. AND YET, people will not give the GT-R the respect is deserves. Amazing!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because the GTR sucks ...obviously
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it has an automatic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        your a jack@ss your so called solution sounds like it came from a 6 year old making up the rules as they go. i dont think even you could argue that if Chevy tuned the suspension for the track and used better tires they could get in the very low 7:20s or less. Yes the GT-R has put out some impressive numbers. no i do not trust them for a second. yes its fast we all know that. i think most people on this site like performance cars because we are emotionally attracted to them. the feel, sound, smell high shoulder line. there is something magical about them. The GT-R performs like one but lacks everything else. this is a problem the asian cars have struggled with and i do not see them getting any better anytime soon.

        if all we cared about was laptime numbers we would all drive tiny high hp cars or carts. there is more to this game than numbers!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Acura

        Some tuners have already tried dumping $20k+ in go fast goodies into the car with less then stellar results. Broken transmission or blown engine anyone?

        Lets face it, Nissan did a marvelous job engineering this beast but what it lacks is the reliability of the other 2 cars (ZR1, ACR).

        And to all those hating on the domestics...both the Corvette and Viper are a symbol of good old American muscle which shows off the capabilities of their respected manufacturers. Both cars have helped mold the sports car market as well as American society and both are setting the bar higher every day. Its unlikely somebody in the market for a ZR1 would look at a GT-R or visa versa. I say to each their own. Personally I'd like a ZR1...knowing I could romp on it and it wont break is a big plus...and nothing can send shivers down my spine like the roar of a American V8 combined with a little supercharger whine :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        ACURA23CL, apparently, following the Spinal Tap logic, Viper and Vette go to 11....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just finished putting together a 1/24 scaled model of the GT-R and even at that size, the car is great piece of modern design. As much as I love the Corvette and the Viper, they do look a bit dated next to the GT-R although I wouldn't do a damn thing to change the design of either cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a fan at all of the GTR really. One thing I dont like is how people refuse to compare it with a ZR1.

      Well I could walk into a Chevy Dealer and but a Z06 for under 70k. When I went into the Nissan Dealer, they wanted $95,000 for a GTR. Not sure what options it had, but I almost had to laugh at the nearly 100k price!

      I do think the GT-R has an amazing lap time though. I believe it's mostly because of all the electronics. I would LOVE to see a Vishnu or tuned Evo IX on the track with upgrade V-Spec wheels etc.

      The V-spec combo package (wheels and tires) have to be a good chunk of change. The stock tires are over 400$ a piece. (At the dealer 4 tires not installed costs $2200)

      Upgrade the tires on an evo - 255's and put that Vishnu kit 400 hp - I just want to see what it can do.. not trying to FULLY compare the 2 cars, I just want to see what a lightened awd car can do on there.

      • 5 Years Ago
      For an extra $700 a month over a ZR1 / ACR and around an extra $1,000 a month you can own the best supercar of the moment. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560.
      It's faster, better looking, the better investment, the more bragging rights, and the best sounding. Everyone wants to be a winner. Can you really be one in a Nissan GTR ? A hopped up Corvette ? A Viper with no Sound Deadening ? If you've decided to spend your money and credit on cars with residual rates virtually as good as yachts then you might as well go for the gold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let the accusations of "cheating" begin!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't understand why people keep bringing up the ACR. It's not even remotely similar in terms of purpose. The ACR is practically a gutted race car. It's noisy, borderline unstreetable with its damper stiffness. That's totally different than a car that keeps its accouterments, like say the Porsche Turbo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or on sale anymore...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...here we go!
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what the Viper and ZR1 could do if they had seasoned F1 drivers behind the wheel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        He was in a total of two F1 races in his career, this makes him a "seasoned F1 driver"?

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        They would take one more step towards silencing whiny domestic fanboys.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I thought "seasoned" was code for "old"...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        @petee209, Carlos: He's a seasoned F1 driver if you use herbs and spices.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Carlos,

        Tom Coronel raced the Viper GTS-R in the 24 hours of Nurburgring.

        I think he knows the track and the car pretty well.



        RJ,

        No, GM never tested the ZR1 faster than 7:26. GM confirms this. The other time is a fanboy hoax and internet rumor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Wasn't the latest ZR1 time 7:22.3? The GTR still has a bit to go...

        Anyway, all this is getting a bit pointless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        @416Hammy

        I don't see any domestic fans whining. I think it's because the Vette and Viper still have faster 'Ring times. Nissan is bragging about this time, which could only mean one thing, they milked every tenth of a second off that final time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I actually wonder if Nissan voided its own warranty for taking the car out on the track. *facepalm*
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