There are plenty of ways to test a vehicle's durability. You might hand the keys to your average teenager for a week or plop a journalist behind the wheel for an hour. Or you could simply enter the machine in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Nissan has opted for the latter option for the company's upgraded-for-2012 GT-R. The automaker's development team want to fully stress the supercar's systems by putting it through one of the world's most grueling endurance races. Of course, the fact that Nissan wants to one-up Porsche in its own backyard certainly doesn't hurt, either.

Nissan has thrown a bit more downforce at the vehicle's front end and the factory wing has been replaced as well, but the engine, transmission and suspension all remain unaltered from the factory Club Track edition. The competition vehicle will wear slightly wider tires, as well as safety cage and a larger fuel cell to accommodate the race regulations. The factory brakes have also been swapped out for more aggressive hardware.

Nissan says some of the changes may make their way to production in the near future as the company pushes the vehicle to break the seven minute lap time barrier at Germany's most famous track. Scroll down to see the video for yourself.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I was OK with the story until the brake swap. That pretty much makes this a non-story. Breaking News! Nissan will run a race prepped GT-R at 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
      Mike Singer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Standard production car ... MINUS all of these parts and pieces ... FAIL!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have been fine calling it stock if all they did was added a bigger fuel cell and roll cage. More aggressive brakes, more down force, wider tires...not so stock.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tough crowd in here. How many cars can you competitively run in the 24-hours of Nurburgring by, adding new wheels/tires, brakes, a front splitter and roll cage? The brakes are the only gripe I might have when calling it stock, but trust that the average car and even supercar wouldn't last 24hrs in an endurance race with those few bolt ons.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Corvettes can do it with endurance brake pads.
          • 2 Years Ago
          Not quite, I've never seen a race corvette, that didn't employ coil springs. Transverse leafs springs are fine for the street, but not optimal when it comes to dialing in a suspension for track use.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wider tires and roll cages are one thing, but swapping out the brakes for "more aggressive hardware" is a pretty big deal and certainly doesn't make it stock anymore. Very deceiving if Nissan is going to say it's stock.
      • 2 Years Ago
      (2010 24h-Nürburgring) A stock, OEM version of the Porsche 997.2 GT3 RS managed to finish the race in 13th place overall. In a partnership between Porsche and German magazine Sport Auto, racing drivers Roland Asch and Patrick Simon were joined by writers Chris Harris and Horst von Saurma behind the wheel of the car. Porsche claims the car was in good condition after 27 hours of driving (including the journey to the track), that they then drove it another three hours back to Weissach. After an inspection, the car's only problems appeared to be cosmetic. This included a few dents and busted lights thanks to a collision, as well as black rubber all over the front and front-side panels. so let´s see what a GT-R can do...
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those talking smack, remember that a 2.5 million dollar Veyron can't even last a full lap on the 'ring without the brakes going out. Any car makers that do this should be commended. It's a thousand times more interesting than putting tube-framed chassis out there with fake bodies on them (*cough* Nascar *cough*). It should make for a much better future GT-R. The people who are calling out the basic racing mods haven't a clue what they are talking about. I'll bet money that a Ferrari 458 wouldn't last 4 hours in this race. Heck, Evo's 458 can't even seem to do one track day without breaking.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan to enter slightly modified GT-R into race with many many other slightly modified cars in it already. You have to understand there are many classes in the race, many of which are filled with mostly stock cars.
      Prince David
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow the way they did subtitles is horrible my eyes hurt
      Addison Harlem Towin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stock? Not hardly.....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Misleading title- Stock GT-R... oh but wait change the brakes out, tires, fuel tank and add aero. I'd hardly call that a stock GT-R. Sure stock drivetrain but not stock GT-R.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congradulations to Nissan for growing a pair. No more BS unfounded nonsense, this will be a legitimate race where everyone is playing by the same set of rules. I can't wait to see a bone stock 911 spank it like a little school girl.
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