Nissan has set a Nurburgring lap record with a new race-inspired version of its supercar-slaying GTR. On sale in 2014, the GTR Nismo is the latest iteration of Nissan’s flagship sports car and features a raft of race-derived improvements which have helped it set a new volume production car record at Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife of 7:08.679.
Mechanical changes undertaken by Nismo, Nissan’s performance and motorsport division, start under the bonnet where the 3.8-litre V6 engine now produces 591bhp, a 49bhp power-hike over the current GT-R, and 481 lb ft torque, an increase of 16 lb ft, thanks to new high-flow, large diameter twin-turbochargers, individual cylinder timing control and an upgraded fuel pump. Handling improvements come via custom Bilstein DampTronic dampers, complete with ‘Comfort’, ‘Sport’ and hardcore ‘R’ modes, exclusive Dunlop tyres and a more rigid bodyshell.
Exterior changes have been driven by the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to analyse airflow over and around the car. The Nismo GTR’s aerodynamics package includes a new front bumper, under-bonnet strake and carbon-fibre rear wing which combine to both increase downforce and minimise drag.
Other exterior touches include black six-spoke alloy wheels and five body colours; Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red and Dark Matte Grey.
The motorsport-inspired theme continues in the cabin too, with carbon-backed Recaro seats and an Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel.
The record time was set by Nissan test-driver Michael Krumm who says he “had a fantastic time attacking the Nürburgring. I had so much fun out there”. The GTR is no stranger to Nurburgring records, having previously set three others since 2008.
There is no word on prices yet but expect a significant premium over the standard car.
Nissan GT-R Nismo Pictures