The plot thickens around the latest Nissan GT-R Nürburgring video. As you may have heard, a clip showing the supercar lapping Green Hell in 7:21 flat has hit YouTube. The only problem is that Nissan is claiming that the company doesn't know a thing about it. According to The Truth About Cars, the Japanese automaker has confirmed that the GT-R was at the Nürburgring for testing in October as part of preparations for the release of the 2012 model, but the company says that there was no official attempt to break any record.

Official or not, the footage shows the GT-R clipping around the track 4.22 seconds faster than the last record attempt in October of 2010. It's no secret that Nissan has made it a goal for the vehicle to be able to lap the infamous road course in 7:20, but as of right now, it appears that the company isn't any closer to actually making that become a reality.

That fact leaves plenty of questions unanswered, including whether or not the clip after the jump is real. Check it out and decide for yourself.



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      s6ixcylinda
      • 3 Years Ago
      "It's no secret that Nissan has made it a goal for the vehicle to be able to lap the infamous road course in 7:20, but as of right now, it appears that the company isn't any closer to actually making that become a reality." Really AutoBlog? Just 1 second to go to the claimed goal and they are not any nearer? 1 second! Its quite possible they already did it, we dont know how many runs they did. Maybe thats why they are distancing themselves from this video, they could have a better time
      Cliffsider
      • 3 Years Ago
      "it appears that the company isn't any closer to actually making that become a reality." Actually, it's 4.22 seconds closer.
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haters will troll about: 1)The fact that it finished before the start line-which every record run does 2)They used racing slicks-which clearly isn't because you can see the thread on those tyres when they fitted them 3)The Transmission won't last and warranty would void after LC-which was controversial but definitely isn't true anymore in this 2012 model Personal opinion? I love many cars but N-Ring times became a cliche for me. The fact that you have to choose the right weather and time of the day to get the grippiest patch of the road is the key that matters times which will never be equal.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        Do you also believe everything you see on TV ? They fit some one wheel on some car, who says they can't put slicks on when the camera is not filming ? They can also tune the engine and the brakes and a lot of other things.
          s6ixcylinda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          I hope you feel the same way about the GM, Porsche and other manufacturer videos and lap times
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait... what? "lapping Green Hell in 7:21 flat [...] 4.22 seconds faster than the last record attempt in October of 2010" "Nissan has made it a goal for the vehicle to be able to lap the infamous road course in 7:20, but as of right now, it appears that the company isn't any closer to actually making that become a reality." If 7:21 isn't any closer to 7:20 than 7:25.22, then I think I'd better go talk to a physicist to see what's up with the universe.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to go on a ride along with these guys.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      The text on the video indicated that this wasn't a record attempt run, this is a test of the factory Dunlop tire, which is one of the 4000 components they are testing on Nurburgring. They just included this video as a demonstration as to how Nissan tests these components and settings in order to continue the development and updates of the GT-R. They also test high speed run on Autobanh in the rain, drive around hour long on the run flats with zero tire pressure, long distance marathon type run on the track with the Dunlops. Testing these components far beyond existing specs. Selecting the components through proven track results. It says in the end that GT-R is this type of a vehicle. Highspeed run on Autobanh in the rain with Pilot Sport Cup tire? I don't think so.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan - 7:21? Why would we tell people we can cut 10 seconds off the lap and then release a video that's only 3 seconds faster?
      Smiley
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. The GTR is not a super car. 2. Multiple sources have leaked the GTR, ZR1, and LFA that claimed the records were not stock at all. The GTR had extensive software upgrades to improve the transmission (which over an extended period would grenade it on the street), the ZR1 had it's boost upped along with other tweaks, and the LFA 'Ring edition had other non-factory tweaks. The only cars to come out of the box and take a record are the Radical, Viper ACR, and Gumpert. These other cars are not off the shelf ring record breakers. They are fast, but not the times they posted fast. Just some information for the fanboys. And don't ask me to prove it, you can find the information yourself if you are so inclined. Let's just say other people with professional drivers were not able to get even close times with an out of the box car.
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        The GT-R is not a super car? Why? it's not expensive enough? carries too many people? too practical? too reliable? too easy to drive? didn't break enough records? not enough hype? pissed off too many fanboys? too easy to live with? too cheap to maintain? interior too comfortable? service too cheap? badge not exotic enough? didn't win enough races? made in the wrong country? Not saying I disagree with you, just wanted to know your logic. I think the GT-R is a car that makes people question the validity of super cars. Here you have a car that 95% of the population can take around any track and get better lap time 95% of the time. So why would I spend half a mil (not that I have the money) on a supposedly super car? Badge? Prestige? Secondly GT-R had extensive software upgrade to the transmission? You mean the one they update every year free of charge to existing GT-R owners? Yeah I got that. Next question~
        TangoR34
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        How is the GTA not a supercar? (I wont argue the rest, I'm not fussed about laptimes anymore. The track is already scary enough to lap let alone making records.)
        iamdaniel21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        The LFA "Nurb Edition" is completely all factory with upgraded aerodynamics tweaks and more carbon fiber for weight reduction.
      Mchicha
      • 3 Years Ago
      The problem for GTR is that no one but them Datsun factory drivers can reproduce their claimed times
        NissanGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        Actually if anything. GTR owners produce the closest time to factory drivers compared to any other car.
          Xedicon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
          That is true - the GTR is one of the most accessible high performers out there.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        That's the problem with ANY manufacturer creating times, and is far from specific to Nissan. But... Seeing as how most people that use the old Datsun name think it is somehow derogatory, I can tell you're just a troll.
        Baublitz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        If just anyone could produce those times then they wouldn't pay professional drivers to push their machines to the limit.
      Ellis Freedman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course they aren't going to admit that this is real because the time is slower then its GM rivals.
        NissanGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ellis Freedman
        The GM cars cant improve times unless they have road legal slicks to beat the competition.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
          LMAO! More excuses from Nissan GT-R fanboys. Awesome.
          Ellis Freedman
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
          Gtr can't lay down fast times unless it has enough electronics to make luke's x-wing look prehistoric, a fast shifting duel clutch transmission, 4wd, and a billion different setting for the diff, tsc, etc, so the car can be configured precisely how the driver wants it to be. And with the C6 we have what? A huge V8, leaf springs, and slicks? lol.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
          Someone asked Mizuno why not offer the Pilot Sport Cup tires on the GT-R to shave off time? Mizuno said because putting those (R Compound) tires on the GT-R defies the fundamental goal for Nissan - Anyone, Anyday, Anywhere Supercar. GM Cars needs to put their time and energy into building a true supercar rather than sticking huge engines and semi-slicks onto decade old platforms and calling it a track killer. Ever driven a car with Pilot Sport Cup in the rain or wet asphalt with some shallow puddles? Well I have~ Try it you will see why these are not 'street tires'
        BigFire
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ellis Freedman
        The problem with your claim is Nissan released the video. Why would they go through the hassle of releasing a video just to deny it because it didnt beat their rivals? Doesn't make sense at all. No video release means no news, no hassles, no drama, no critics, no controversy and no explanations.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Bret Frohwein
      • 3 Years Ago
      anyone with a computer and off the shelf editing software could overlay that clock on to any video footage..
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