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2012 Nissan GT-R deftly launches – Click above to watch the video after the break

Smoke 'em if you got 'em. Well, only if you're really just interested in showing off. In reality, if your tires go up in giant plumes of white smoke, you're going nowhere fast.

It stands to reason, then, that drivers of the 2012 Nissan GT-R, which once again has an official factory launch control mode, won't be indulging in any tire-smoking shenanigans. Instead, they will be launching themselves and any passengers they may be carrying into ludicrous speed with nary a hint of wheelspin to contend with.

And we finally have first-hand video evidence that proves the point. We witnessed the 2011 GT-R catapult itself into near orbit using launch control with our own eyes and managed to capture the act on video. Click past the break to see for yourself.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      [Waits for the 'Vette fanboys to stop by to talk out-dated and misinformed smack about blown clutches and voided warranties...]
        • 4 Years Ago
        Corvette fanboi; that would normally be me.

        honestly, im a fan of any chassis that can win their class
        at LeMans and pull a hat trick of winning the Rolex24 at
        Daytona... overall.

        Do i have love for the R35? yes i do. lots. i dont really know
        about the warranty or anything. i dont own one.

        but ive met plenty of their owners. and they all seem overjoyed.

        ive been to mid-ohio and other tracks to see the GT-Rs
        put the smack down on pavement. ive been witness to a
        Switzer P800 hunt down and shame a Carrera GT.

        that being said, i need nissan to win something... anything,
        in order for me to be a fanboi. it reminds me of what
        Yoshihiko Matsuo says about all the new nissans. theyre pigs.
        and as such are seemingly non-competitive on the global circuit.
        i would LOVE for the GT-R to be out there and putting themselves
        on the podiums. history has not been kind to them. except in japan.

        is it not sad that the turbo flat six and the pushrod v8 are the
        two winningest racing engines? porsche and GM. [natch]

        i have always had the notion that any one who can afford a
        66,900$ [ebay] can afford to maintain it. [shrug]
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Soma: Actually currently Sumo Power and Swiss Racing teams both use the GTR chassis to compete in GT1. Notably Sumo Power has finished on the podium numerous times even though it's their first season. Links below:

        • 4 Years Ago

        Time Attack series are not equalized. But they are closer-to-stock than GT2. They even have street-legal classes. GT-R has set lap records in its first and second years competing in Red Line Time Attack as well as others.

        From a street-able chassis standpoint, the GT-R is one of the best.

        One-Lap-of-America was a dual between a modded GT-R and a modded 911 GT2 for the 2 years the GT-R was a part of it. Multiple Corvettes participated, FYI.

        Yes, even GT2 LMS is too modded.
        Focusing on LMS is cherry-picking a series where the GT-R is not allowed to have its AWD system intact, and requires major modification to the car.

        Even if the GT-R were to go to GT2, it would make no sense to keep the TT V6 engine, let alone the AWD. The bone-stock GT-R is over the hp limit for the series.

        Saying the GT-R is non-competitive because they haven't stripped it of the features that make it a destroyer of other street-able cars is stupid for the purposes of getting into GT2.

        Building a car that can be better than a homologated car allows more advances than building a homologated car. Designing the GT-R from the ground-up to meet GT2 spec would sand-bag its development.
        • 4 Years Ago


        the argument was; in using a factory supplied option the owner could void the warranty.

        the 'smack talk', ironically, is based on facts.

        • 4 Years Ago
        SOMA do your research, Nissan has MANY podium finishes in MANY forms of international racing over the past 100 years. The R35 has also already been competing and doing well internationally (See FIA GT1, Targa Rallys,one lap, etc.).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Soma: I wonder when will people like you realize that there's world outside of USA, and in some areas this world is leaps ahead of you - motorsport being one of them

        maybe that day "Internet Car Of The Year" won't actually be "US car of the Internet"
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the C6 GT1 is too modded for you, then good thing the GT2 exists and won GT2 class in the last race of last year in ALMS.

        And Carlos, no, it isn't on the level of NASCAR difference. NASCARs aren't even silhouette racers, they are common profile cars. The only cars they bear any resemblance to are other NASCAR cars. A NASCAR Chevy has almost everything in common with a NASCAR Dodge except the stickers and the motor.

        Also, the C6.R engine shared a lot with the C6 Z06 it was derived from the Z06 engine.

        Most of the GT-R's wins are in JGTC in Japan, where the cars bear no resemblance to the street cars. Hell, the Lexus SC430 wins races in that series, and if you've driven the street car, you know it is no performer. The FIA GT1 GT-R is the same situation.

        The GT-R has definitely won some rallies. It's a good rally car. However note that rallies of these sort are equalized between cars. Your car has a target time which is set and you have to match.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Are you kidding me?! The only thing that the C6R GT1 and the C6 had in common were the chassis and even then the C6R had a heavily modified chassis. After that the differences were hugely difference, completely different transaxel, brakes, body, engine, and I can go on. It is almost on the level of Nascar difference, so please don't fan boy it up by saying Nissan needs to win something, because you are comparing apples to carrots.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Soma: You said "that being said, i need nissan to win something... anything,"
        You know that most of the world exists outside of the US, right?. You might want to look into the history of the Skyline... and how it got the name "Godzilla."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems rather uneventful in the video, meaning all that power is being put to good use instead of tirespin and visible weight transfer to the rear. I bet it feels incredible from the cabin. Awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still looks the same... Not say'in that its an ugly car but its gettin' a bit old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For some odd reason i got no kind of excitement from the car doin that... that video was boring
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would be impressed if it was a driver doing that launch. I am not terribly impressed by a computer doing it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its arguably the best bang for the buck sports car on the planet in the price class above the Mustang GT. A phenomenal deal. I know how i would be spending my 80K if I had it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Launch control.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You better prepare around 100k because that will be the actual price of the car...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would you pay full sticker when you can get a 2010 with 7,000 miles on it for $69k? The bargain super-car of the century if you ask me-- and I'm a Ford guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      JOJOJOJO waiting Spect V II
      AND.....alrready imagine what Amuse and Mines will do whit this DBAR35...cant whait for that new GR6 ECU controller :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Soma, yes the basis of the lawsuit was the issues with limits Nissan had put in the warranty coverage as it pertained to the first LC - the launch control was later modified as was the wording. The facts is, though, there were very few failures and they were the result of a real amount of abuse of the first very strong LC.

      For good info about any issues with the launch control or anything else pertaining to the GTR you really need to check out what the owners have to say on a forum like Nagtroc .org. Of course as with any car most owners of the car don't even post on forums (or mod) and forums tend to reflect more issues since that is what people post. That said you will not find the voided warranty issues that the misinformation spread around on the internets leads people to believe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To clarify, there were also those who had issues who overheated the trans oil too, in spite of clear guidelines for that, you can't blame that on Nissan
      • 4 Years Ago
      with toc in mind, both gt500s and corvettes are much better deals
        • 4 Years Ago
        With TOC in mind, the 370Z is a better deal than the Corvette or the GT500...

        What's your point? You can always buy a slower car for less money. GT500s can't keep up with this monster on a road course, and actually it is looking like even the ZR1 won't be able to either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the point is that the GT-R isn't cheaper than a ferrari in the long run
      • 4 Years Ago
      i said this in another post,...bears repeating here,.."what if they built a super-car, and no-body came?",..that's the story with this car,...they sold 22 last month nationwide,..22 NATIONWIDE![jan.2011],...it truly is an astounding car,..but no one wants it,...it's now too expensive for it's target audience,the play-station generation,...and the older, wealthier folks who could buy it HATE IT!,..they want a porsche for that money...[by the way, it's arch nemesis, the 911, sells over 500 a month,..versus 22!],...so a few folks will pony up the big bucks to buy this newest version,...then it will die back down,...to nothing sales,..and the sad forcast for this car is that it will soon be discontinued,[a few years, if not sooner],...going down in automotive history as yet another in a long line of very failed attempts the steal the sportscar crown from porsches benchmark 911 turbo,...that's what i see in this cars future...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, the first attempt looked seriously fast viewed from head-on. How did it manage to gain so much speed so fast?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy [bleep] on a [bleeeep] stuck in a [bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep]! No muss, no fuss, just 3.x 0-60. Yeah yeah, built car X can do that all day. Whatever, the 2012 Godzilla is amazing anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And we all thought the original LC was good.
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