• Jul 10, 2009

Click above to watch video after the jump

We're starting to get the feeling Nissan is a permanent fixture at the Nürburgring, as the duo of GT-R and driver Toshio Suzuki keep coming up with new times at the famed German racetrack. Back in April, the former F1 driver took a revised GT-R through the 'Ring in 7:27:56, prompting Porsche to call Balderdash, saying that a stock GT-R isn't nearly that fast. Now Suzuki and a right-hand drive Godzilla teamed up to produce an even better time of 7:26.70, and taped it all nice and official so they can show the world.

After the jump is video proof of the speed and agility of the infamous GT-R, being driven by one of the 'Ring's few true masters. The video contains the full 7:26.70 of Suzuki going full-tilt with what looks like just enough fuel to get across the finish line, and an engine constantly in the 6,000-7,000 RPM range from start to finish.

If you think you've seen one too many 'Ring laps, take it from us that the last 30 seconds is incredible. Suzuki goes all-out to get the best time possible, and from the vantage point of the in-car camera, we feel like we're right there next to him -- except we find ourselves feeling for the brake while Suzuki keeps his foot on the gas.

[Source: Carscoop]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, that was fun to watch.
      I would love to drive the Nurburgring once in my life.
      GT-R is one fast car and it's a lot cheaper than the ZR-1, isn't it?
      ZR-1's I've seen are all 10-20k over list..
      Can you get a GT-R for list?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes to your last question. If you're paying more than $80K, your dealer is ripping you off or you have some options on there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the title should be "Nissan GT-R flies down" and not "Nissan GT-R files down". Other than that, that was one nice lap...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks to me like the wheels aren't stock, so I'm curious about the tires as everyone else is.
      Also, he starts his lap doing what looks like 60mph. Everyone else I've seen seems to be doing around 20mph or so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would think that the gearbox difference would be pretty minimal for a comparison like this. When racing in F1,every hundredth of a second matters ultrafast shifts are a must. In this case, the GTR's gearbox just makes the car easier to drive and allows the driver to focus more on his line / braking points / etc. There are much larger differences than that and I would think its a bit negligible. Yes, the GTR and ZR1 lap times are very close and fast shifting might result in a slight edge. To me, however, there are more fundamental characteristics of the cars which puts them in this league of insanely fast ring times.

      As far as the 911, yes the design is fundamentally wrong, but somehow they've made it work, and it works very well. Also, the Vette may have a ton of power going to just the rear wheels, but so does just about every successful road racing car, including F1 cars :)

      I think the GTR's success comes from the electronic magic that takes place onboard which simply defies physics. The car's ability to constantly optimize itself for every dynamic situation helps it make up for it's significant weight and slight power disadvantages. Perhaps it also helps make the driver more comfortable on such an intimidating coarse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow!

      IT took at whole 1/4 tank and it was well worth it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not saying it makes NO difference, just that the higher the speeds, the less it matters.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably because torque is 100% to the rear wheels when awd isn't needed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the end supercar comparisons are like penis size comparisons. Mine is longer, no mine is longer, wait mine is wider! Just appreciate that it works and you have fun while using it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it had the v-spec rims... is it a v-spec?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should of let this ring debate die a long time ago. Nissan is starting to look like a bunch of pathetic cry babies pretty much setting up house at the ring and running the GT-Rs day in day out till they get the best possible lap times in the best possible road and weather conditions with the best possible driver....
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're looking more like a chump Level...... you're the one crying about them being at the ring day in and day out, let them do what they want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan look bad? They're only trying to bat off Porsches claims.

        As for the video, I couldn't comment on it's validity, nor can most people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Geep 4:00PM (7/10/2009)

        You're looking more like a chump Level...... you're the one crying about them being at the ring day in and day out, let them do what they want.


        sorry but us grownups don't go around prancing around every time someone dares us or gets into fights when some looks at you in a certain way thats kids Sh*t what are you in high school trying to get back at a bully???...Nissan should of stood their growns on the time they say they did instead of having to prove sh*t to Porsche...Kids need to go and prove sh*t every time someone calls you out, Men stand their grown thats difference...
      • 5 Years Ago
      anyone else notice they did not start and stop at the same point? that would've added atleast another second or two...

      I still dont believe this car is capable of producing this time. Perhaps in the high 30's, but no way below 7:30
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good point....however I still believe Nissan is cheating. There's no way a car that laps roughly the same times (or slower) than a GT2 on most racetracks in the hands of everyone else is magically that much quicker on the nurburgring....and that too a time that no one else aside the factory can come close to reproducing to prove.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stop with the excuses. That is how the ZR1 started and stopped as well as many other cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rumour has it that Walter Rohrl achieved a GT2 time (7:29) without even having the course to himself.


        It may be true that the GT2 would be faster if Porsche rented the track to themselves and went at it yet again, but other cars being able to be wrung out a bit more says NOTHING about Nissan's ability to wring out the GT-R for all it's worth.

        Perhaps the other cars could shave tenth after tenth after hundreds of laps like Suzuki did. But that still doesn't mean 7:27 is fake.


        Besides, the GT-R that tied, bested, or lost to the GT2 on a roughly 1:1 basis was on Bridgestones.

        I believe the GT-R is undefeated on the pricier optional Dunlops. Including a recent test against the ZR1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The German magazines seem to like the GT-R. ZR1 vs GT-R from Autobild Sportscar Magazine.

      http://www.2009gtr.com/2009/06/nissan-gt-r-vs-corvette-zr1-autobild.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just noticed that the start and finish line are not the same.
      The timer stops just right after the last turn which is a few meters away from where the timer starts, that could automatically shave off something like 2 seconds.
      I always thought 'Ring times had the same start and finish line.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan runs the same start/finish line as Horst von Saurma and Sport Auto. They do this for consistency and comparison of a well-known 'Ring expert's times.

        Horst von Saurma got 7:38 in a bone-stock GT-R. I don't know why anyone is complaining that no journalist can come close to Nissan times.


        HvS in his 3-5 lap 'supertests' usually does pretty well with a stock car, but can often be 10-15 seconds behind a manufacturer lap.

        He was 7 seconds behind the Z06 Chevy time and 16 seconds behind the Porsche Turbo manufacturer time.

        Still an amazing accomplishment with only a 3-5 lap warmup in any car. But the range is dead-on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here we go again...
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was wondering too. The placement of the finish line is way ahead of the start line, and being it would be coming out of a tight right hander, it would easily drop them back a few seconds. And is it more or does this car seem a little more loose than the first GT-R run? Either way, nice machine ugly skin.
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