Text: Brent Co / Photos: Nissan Press | posted November 19, 2013 19:45
New race-inspired GT-R variant sets Nurburgring lap record at 7:08.679
The record books have once again been rewritten with the new Nissan GT-R Nismo which recently set the lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe with Nismo Brand Ambassador Michael Krumm setting a 7:08.679 laptime on the ‘Green Hell’. The new race-inspired GT-R Nismo aims to set the benchmark for ‘factory tuned’ production cars to deliver outstanding supercar dynamics with enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling.
"With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement," said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO.
The most significant improvement for the Nissan GT-R Nismo is the upgraded VR38DETT V6 engine which now churns out 600 PS and 652 Nm of torque thanks to larger high-flow GT3-spec turbochargers, improved individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and an uprated fuel pump. The result is an improvement of 51 PS and 24 Nm from the standard model.
The suspension has been reworked with inputs derived from Nismo’s racing activities, but has been tuned to retain refinement. The retuned springs coupled with the Bilstein DampTronic dampers were specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes are selectable electronically: Comfort, Normal and R, for track use. The suspension links have also been uprated, while high-rigidity bolts have also been fitted to increase stiffness in the wheel-hub attachment area. A larger 17.3mm hollow rear anti-roll bar is also fitted to minimize body roll and weight.
The car will roll on new Nismo exclusive 20-inch Volk Racing TE-37 lightweight forged wheels are wrapped with specially developed Dunlop run-flat tires 255/40 ZRF20 (front); 285/35 ZRF20 (rear). The bodyshell has also been reworked by Nismo to improve rigidity by using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding for precise suspension response under extreme load.
The exterior receives an aero package developed by Nismo using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyze airflow designed to minimize drag while giving the ar a menacing look. Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the center of gravity and generating an additional 100kg (at 300km/h) compared to the freshly updated 2014 GT-R model. The wider front bumper combined with the longer yet tapered rear bumper retain the efficient 0.26 Cd as the standard model.
The interior of the GT-R Nismo receives the same dynamic treatment with an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel with red center mark and red stitching. The meter hood is likewise adorned in Alcantara, while the trims feature red stitching as well. Carbon fiber can be seen on the central controls and the speedometer background, while a red tachometer adds more ‘race feel’ to the car. European and Japanese customers will be getting carbon-fiber-backed reclining RECARO front seats with red stitching.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in five body colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red. And unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey accentuates the car's imposing exterior muscularity.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver,Vibrant Red, and the exclusive Dark Matte Grey finish. It will be released in Japan late February 2014, U.S. and Europe later in 2014.