Well of course it's on the Nurburgring, but can it beat the GT2 RS?
So much of the Nissan GT-R hype is built around its Nurburgring prowess that it's little surprise to find the latest NISMO testing there. Remember the fallout when Nissan claimed a lap time and Porsche disputed it? Or when the previous NISMO recorded its ludicrous 7:08 lap? When Nissan is at the Nurburgring, some controversy is guaranteed.
Is there more than meets the eye?
There's more at stake this time too, with the 911 GT2 RS having recently set that incredible 6:47 time. Imagine the bragging rights possible if the big old GT-R could sneak a second or two ahead. Look what we can do with a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder sports car, and so on...
Taking that much time out of a lap would require some very significant work though, and this GT-R doesn't look to have changed much from the last NISMO. Our spy photographer has identified some camo on the front arches and new brakes - hardly drastic changes by any judgement. There's not a hint of disguise anywhere else. While GT-Rs are infamous for conjuring up the impossible, this would seem a stretch even for Godzilla. It doesn't even look like an N-Attack car.
Let's hope it's something silly though. There can't be that many versions of the R35 GT-R left to run, and it's difficult to imagine Nissan letting the car fade away quietly. Before a hybrid model, wouldn't it be cool to see this story finish where it began - at the Nurburgring - with the GT-R going quicker than a 911? Far-fetched, perhaps, but stranger things have happened...
[Spyshots: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien]
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As impressive as they still are, surely its about time for them to develop the next generation?
Dakkon29 Nov 2017
Wow, they really have looked at how Lotus sell Elise's and copied....I thought there was supposed to be an actual new GTR coming, not a re-hash?
diddy_p29 Nov 2017
i dont understand nissan - they have sh!t loads of money so why not develop something entirely new in good time? The R35 is 10 years old this year.
I bet that a replacement design is probably on the drawing board and nowhere else - the focus must be elsewhere on leafs, micras etc.
same thing happened to Infiniti. Practically invented the SUV segment with the original FX35, followed up with the FX/QX70 and that was a decent car - came out in 2008/2009 so is also nearly 10 years old.
nissan premium R&D staff must have taken a 10 year holiday.
British Beef29 Nov 2017
The Big GTR needs to shed 260 kg and 20 Seconds to match the GT2 RS time.
So I would say assuming like for like Power, grip, aero, handling, driver etc then each 13kg lost is about 1 sec around Nurburgring ;-)
No chance it is loosing 260kg, therefore it would need to compensate with shed loads of aero and power, 1200hp should do it. Then ask Lewis Hamilton if he wouldnt mind putting in a fast lap!!