RE: Toshio Suzuki's GT-R Nurburgring Lap

RE: Toshio Suzuki's GT-R Nurburgring Lap

Monday 9th November 2009

Toshio Suzuki's GT-R Nurburgring Lap

A ride on the wild side for PH with the GT-R 'Ring record-holder


Perhaps I shouldn't have told Toshio Suzuki I wanted to be scared witless as the Nissan GT-R development team mechanics strapped me into the seat beside him, ready for a 'hot lap' of the Nurburgring.

Toshio Suzuki - GT-R legend
Toshio Suzuki - GT-R legend
But the truth is I've sat next to racing drivers at other circuits on 'media experience' days, and while they're usually happy to play up for journalists with a bit of sideways action in the slower corners, it's usually pretty obvious they've been briefed not to actually try and kill or maim their passengers.

Perhaps they do things differently in Japan, but my lap of the old Nurburgring with Suzuki san felt more like an episode of that crazy Japanese TV show Endurance.

Evidently taking my instruction in deadly earnest, the former F1 driver and Nurburgring GT-R record-holder catapulted the car out of the pits and onto the track, then proceeded to assault my senses with sickening violence for the next seven and three quarter minutes.

Yep, that's right I've been 'subjected' to a lap of the 'Ring in a mind-bending 7 minutes 45 seconds - a mere 20secs slower than Suzuki san's GT-R lap record. (I didn't time it myself, but 7:45 was Suzuki san's post-lap estimate for a 'flyer' driven at the same pace - and the timer on the video seems to bear this out.)

While the ride was just the teensiest bit alarming at times (ahem!), it was utterly, mind-bendingly good fun. Well, you don't need me to tell you that...

So thank you Suzuki san, for the ride of a lifetime!

Author
Discussion

ThirdShift

Original Poster:

120 posts

156 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
That is an incredibly swift lap! the car looks super calm and composed as does Toshio! Great work!

petrol_heads36

10 posts

154 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
Awesome, you lucky sod Chris!!!

Mr Dave

3,233 posts

173 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
Somebody was looking a bit green!

y2blade

56,029 posts

193 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
lucky boy cool

havoc

27,266 posts

213 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
Impressive lap...especially with a victim passenger in the car! wink

RobCrezz

7,892 posts

186 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
That looks awesome, and seriously rapid!

nonuts

15,855 posts

207 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
rofl good work Chris, looked like it might have been rather scary!

Dr S

4,834 posts

204 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
Intersting amount of steering wheel action over the crest at Schwedenkreuz. That was pretty close to the limit methinks...

nadirv8

139 posts

193 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
I thought the Merc-world experience was pretty cool, that must've been insane fun!

martinhayes17

164 posts

153 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
Fantastic Lap, Lucky bd!

Godzilla

2,032 posts

227 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
Absolutely unbe-fricking-lievable!

I like the quick "OK?" at 1:30. Like, "Are you going to hurl chunks all over my nice clean GT-R interior?" biggrin

That's why Suzuki-san gets better times than anyone else in a GT-R. He deliberately provokes the car's attitude for every single one of the 70-odd corners with his trademark "double feint" turn-in which forces the car into 4WD mode earlier than it otherwise would.

Simply staggering.

Did you have time to see if he was left foot braking Chris? I presume so.

LCR270

326 posts

210 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
The in car shot certainly highlights what the playstation generation are missing out on, very active forces going on inside the cabin - especially the passenger ;-)

Saw you kept glancing at speedo on the finishing 'straight', what did it top out at along there?

havoc

27,266 posts

213 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
LCR270 said:
Saw you kept glancing at speedo on the finishing 'straight'
yes The "what speed will I go through the gates of hell at?" look...

joe_90

4,205 posts

209 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
Godzilla said:
Absolutely unbe-fricking-lievable!

I like the quick "OK?" at 1:30. Like, "Are you going to hurl chunks all over my nice clean GT-R interior?" biggrin

That's why Suzuki-san gets better times than anyone else in a GT-R. He deliberately provokes the car's attitude for every single one of the 70-odd corners with his trademark "double feint" turn-in which forces the car into 4WD mode earlier than it otherwise would.

Simply staggering.

Did you have time to see if he was left foot braking Chris? I presume so.
Ahh is that why he kind of stabs in, then turns..

curveking

41 posts

228 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
He still has a 2 minutes to knock off to beat the 1983 record by Steffan Bellof in a Porsche 956. Steffan Bellof I hear you say who is he ? Well he set a time of 6 mins 11 seconds on the old track. The new track is Shorter !!! In the race he set a fastest lap time for any car ever raced at the Nurburgring. So watch this video and see where you could make up 2 minutes. It seems impossible doesn't it.

dieseltaylor

23 posts

183 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
20.8.2009 The Radical SR8LM by posted a truly incredible 6 minutes 48 second laptime, a full eight seconds faster than the SR8. The Radical SR8 is the previous street-legal production vehicle that owns the record.

I thought this was a well-known fact!

k wright

1,039 posts

237 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
You have more guts than I do getting in that car. Big difference between going fast and going so fast you could die!!

Stunning lap.

nonuts

15,855 posts

207 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
dieseltaylor said:
20.8.2009 The Radical SR8LM by posted a truly incredible 6 minutes 48 second laptime, a full eight seconds faster than the SR8. The Radical SR8 is the previous street-legal production vehicle that owns the record.

I thought this was a well-known fact!
That's basically a race car for the road, this is a 4 seater coupe, I'm not really sure I see your point?

hairykrishna

12,227 posts

181 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
curveking said:
He still has a 2 minutes to knock off to beat the 1983 record by Steffan Bellof in a Porsche 956. Steffan Bellof I hear you say who is he ? Well he set a time of 6 mins 11 seconds on the old track. The new track is Shorter !!! In the race he set a fastest lap time for any car ever raced at the Nurburgring.
He didn't set it in the race; it was in qualifying. A minute and a half faster than the lap in the video must have been insane though.

johnfelstead

26,209 posts

214 months

Monday 9th November 2009
quotequote all
Godzilla said:
Absolutely unbe-fricking-lievable!

I like the quick "OK?" at 1:30. Like, "Are you going to hurl chunks all over my nice clean GT-R interior?" biggrin

That's why Suzuki-san gets better times than anyone else in a GT-R. He deliberately provokes the car's attitude for every single one of the 70-odd corners with his trademark "double feint" turn-in which forces the car into 4WD mode earlier than it otherwise would.

Simply staggering.

Did you have time to see if he was left foot braking Chris? I presume so.
Strange driving style, if you have to drive like that to get a time out of the car then i don't think much for the diff strategy they have come up with. You can see what a heavy lump the car is from that footage, i feel sorry for the tyres. biggrin