• Aug 3rd 2009 at 7:59PM
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Nürburgring Rapid Response Nissan GT-R - click above for high-res gallery

If there's one performance metric that's pure marketing hype, it has to be a vehicle's Nürburgring time. Our good pal Jack Baruth brilliantly debunked this ever-growing myth. In case you missed Jack's article, here's the gist:
"Sorry. There's no "Nürburgring lap time record" for a simple reason: Real lap time records are set by real race cars, using real timing and scoring equipment, during actual competition or sanctioned practice sessions. They aren't "self-reported" for the same reason the World's Strongest Man Contest isn't held by having everyone mail in their "results" because people can, and do, lie and cheat."
All that truth spoken to power, it's still accurate to say that certain cars generally tend to get around Green Hell faster than others. The big players lately have been the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Dodge Viper ACR, Porsche GT2 and Godzilla, better known as the Nissan GT-R. All four of these cars can scoot around the Nürburgring in 7:30, maybe a squidge faster. Again – it really doesn't matter. But one of the reasons why automakers play up these 'Ring times so much is that the Nürburgring is regarded as one of the most difficult and challenging strips of macadam anywhere – for both car and driver. To rephrase that, there are lots of accidents.

Meet the Nürburgring Rapid Response GT-R. The back seat has been removed to make way for a tank full of fire-retarding foam. The firehose itself is in the trunk, along with other flame-fightin' gear. And because the Rapid Response GT-R will be hustling round the 'Ring nearly as fast as Toshio Suzuki would flog it, there's a roll cage and carbon fiber Recaro race seats. Almost makes us wish we were German firemen. Almost.



[Source: Nissan Sportz via GT-R Blog]






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      • 6 Years Ago
      A good choice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You need a fast car to put out all those Audi R8 fires
      • 6 Years Ago
      Um no the ring most definitely is not made of macadam.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This reminds me of the movie scene where the kid pretends to drown so the hot lifeguard will give him mouth to mouth....I think I'm going to go to the 'ring and light myself on fire now...
        • 6 Years Ago
        LesPaul,
        Hah I was thinking more along the lines of riding in a GTR as it races around the 'ring. Mouth to mouth from a dude would put quite the damper on the experience, but if the lifeguard from sandlot was driving...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sandlot..awesome movie!
      • 6 Years Ago
      nuRbuRgRing Rapid Response vehicle gtR

      A pirate's dream caRRRRR.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      For reason I expected this to be painted safety yellow with reflective stripes everywhere, or maybe blaze orange.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Squish, squish, squish...

      Can you hear that? That's Nissan dry humping the ring again. They really are obsessed. Man, they should just buy the whole dang thing and ship it to Japan.

      Clean up in Turn 5...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm just wondering how much added weight the car has with all the firefighting gear.

      I'm sure the power has been boosted to compensate. Not a nitpick, just sheer, utter, monkey curiosity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, even with the added weight, I'm sure it is still as quick of a fire emergency vehicle as you'll find.

        Plus I'm sure they shifted some weight around to make the performance penalty less.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @paul34:

        I'd be willing to bet this thing is in line for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's fastest fire engine.

        And I'm certain you're correct. The car is undoubtedly well-engineered for the task.

        I'm just wondering what the specs on the beast are.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind being a firefighter in godzilla...
      • 6 Years Ago
      look! they've made selections in Photoshop!
      that's what the dotted lines look like to me.
      i'm liking black wheels more and more.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are they about to apply a filter to most of the car, or the inverse?

        Personally, I'd copy/paste.
      • 6 Years Ago
      must be another slap in the face for porsche
      • 6 Years Ago
      SO much win in the comments today.
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