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Old 03-11-2009, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default Nissan aiming to beat Corvette ZR1 Nurburgring lap time with updated GT-R

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It wasn't long ago that the public spitting contest between Nissan and Porsche regarding the GT-R's lap time around the famed Nurburgring was in the spotlight. Nissan started the tussle by recording an astonishing lap time of 7m 38s around the benchmark circuit and then withered this down to just 7m 29s – a full three seconds faster than the lighter and more powerful Porsche 911 GT2.

Porsche struck back with claims the GT-R was only capable of finishing the 12.9 mile circuit in around 7m 54s, and that the model used for the laps must have been modified. Nissan then retaliated by releasing a video of the run as well as presenting the actual car used so that it could be independently examined as completely stock.

To lay the matter to rest once and for all, Nissan will be running its updated 2010 ‘Series II’ GT-R around the Nurburgring once again - and the lap times are expected to be even better than last year's model. Differences between the 2010 model and the outgoing version include a 5hp (4kW) bump in power, a slightly modified suspension setup, stickier tires, and a reprogrammed gearbox.

Nissan's head driver and former F1 racer Toshio Suzuki confirmed to GTRBlog that the new car will be taking to the track once again. He also revealed that he expects it to be four to five seconds quicker than last year's car. This means that it may post lap times as fast as 7m 24s – more than two seconds faster than the mighty Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which posted a lap time of 7m 26.4s last year.

The story gets even more interesting as Suzuki also confirmed that the new SpecV variant of the GT-R will also be taking to the Green Hell, and with its lighter weight figures and improved braking system it should be significantly quicker than the standard GT-R.

Suzuki and his team of Nissan engineers will arrive at the Nurburgring in the middle of next month to post the new lap times.
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they wont touch zr1 territory or anything like that. they might shave another second off MAYBE 2 but dont expect much. and i dont think the vspec is gonna perform like they want either

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The Japanese press have finally got their hands on the production Nissan GT-R SpecV this week and they’re wasting no time in putting it through it’s paces on the circuit. Today we’ve learned that Best Motoring have had Tsukuba Circuit to themselves for the day as well as a SpecV GT-R. Put that together with tame racing driver Keiichi Tsuchiya and good weather and you’re set for an interesting afternoon.

Sources close to Best Motoring have given us the SpecV’s time and instead of keeping you all waiting like we love to do we’ll give it to you straight… 1:02.4.

Unfortunately this means it’s slower than both the 2009 and 2008 base GT-R at the same circuit in similar conditions. Here’s how the SpecV stacks up against the most recent base model GT-R taken from the current issue of Japanese mag Car Top:

* MY08 GT-R (JDM - December 2007 delivery): 1:01.888
* MY09 GT-R (JDM): 1:01.343
* SpecV GT-R: 1:02.4


On a short circuit like Tsukuba the times should be close together but the SpecV should be in front, it should be 1:00 flat. So this begs the question: What’s the deal? We’re really hanging out for the April edition of Best Motoring DVD to find out more.
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they wont touch zr1 territory or anything like that. they might shave another second off MAYBE 2 but dont expect much. and i dont think the vspec is gonna perform like they want either
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oh i agree, i cant see 5HP more and some suspension tweaks shaving off much, but we will see.
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