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Official, Nissan Announced GT-R Laps Nurburgring in 7m 29s

 Official, Nissan Announced GT-R Laps Nurburgring in 7m 29s
Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R can now lay claim to being one of the fastest production cars in the world after GT-R chief test driver Tochio Suzuki completed the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany in just 7 minutes 29 seconds. According to our records, this puts the GT-R in second place for fastest laps by unmodified production cars just behind the Pagani Zonda F which posted a time of 7 minutes and 27 seconds last November. The time completely destroys the GT-R's previous best lap of 7 minutes 38 seconds achieved last year in slightly damp conditions.

Kazutoshi Mizuno, Chief Vehicle Engineer for GT-R said “At last year’s testing, we were frustrated by the conditions at the Nürburgring, always believing that the GT-R could go under seven minutes 30 seconds, the GT-R proves it is among the fastest mass-production cars in the world. We set out to build a multi-performance supercar accessible to anyone, anytime and anywhere – I believe the GT-R has delivered that promise.”

The world can now look forward to a response from the GT-R's main competitor, the Porsche 911 Turbo whose best time stands at a lowly 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

Published May 1, 2008 8:09 am By Clinton Deacon

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dimeNickel
it just proves that the gtr can outperform even with its obesity problems. or you can flat out blame drivers that they cannot drive in the past. however, if you only consider power to weight ratio and some basic stuff...nissan shouldve closed down already, not straight up shoving their middle fingers at cars more pricy and cant do what this lard of fat does around the same track
May 7, 2008 2:13 am
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pzigly
3800lbs do your HW. Its not more than a hummer!!!!
May 7, 2008 1:22 am
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krayzie
I don't understand why it is so hard to believe that the R35 GTR can beat a Carrera GT around the green hell. There was an article in a magazine (don't remember which one, probably EVO or CAR) a few months ago where they put a racing driver in a MkV Golf GTI with 2 passengers, started the lap from a roll where there was an avg joe chasing it behind in a Carrera GT and the Porsche could not overtake the Volkswagen until 3/4 way into the lap. The key to a fast car around the track is a balanced car with a talented driver, think an "underpowered" Honda NSX with Senna driving it.
May 4, 2008 6:54 pm
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krayzie
And did I mention the Golf GTI vs. Carrera GT was done at the Nurburgring also...
May 4, 2008 6:57 pm
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The_woo_factor
Go GTR...kill the porsches! Leave them for dead! HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
May 4, 2008 1:36 pm
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Ryosuke
wait for stig to run it on the top gear power lap
May 4, 2008 7:51 am
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Xanavi23
What are you talking about, Nissan is my favorite car company but i'll never beleive lies. Secondly i know A GT-R did a 7:29 on the 'Ring...but it sure as heck wasn't stock ;)
May 4, 2008 7:07 am
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NitrousOxide
First of all the Carrera GT is a mid-engined car. Secondly, the "most" important key in any car is the weight distribution. Without it, the car will handle as bad as nothing..
May 4, 2008 1:23 am
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jai_mav
just for the record, its not like porsche goes exactly by physics either. a car with a rear engine and such a bad weight distribtion has no business going so fast. but even as a porsche lvoer, i like the gtr, for the sole reason that now porsche is going to out-do it.
May 4, 2008 1:07 am
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Xanavi23
Exactly, as Nitrous said, the CGT is a mid-engine car as is the Boxter AND Cayman...the 911 is still Rear engine/Rear drive...because that kind of engine placement is what a Porsche has always been, specifically the 911. Furthermore as witness by wins in the GT3(now GT2) and GT2(NOW gt1) Racing categories there are ways to get around it, furthermore even street Porsches, 911Turbo can be VERY fast on the track when driven by an individual who knows how to drive the drive layout specific to Porsche. As for the GT-R i never mentioned its drivetrain layout, when i said physics...i was refering to the Physics of MASS/WEIGHT/KILOs/POUNDS.
May 4, 2008 1:41 am
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Kepe
Yes, but as you can see, all you're talking about is mass and power. There are other aspects as well that need to be taken into consideration. __________________________________ "Chief vehicle engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno said that the US bound GT-R will get a few tweaks including three harder engine mounts and a stiffer transaxle mount resulting in an even finer tuned suspension and powertrain. These details are certainly areas which helped the GT-R achieve a time of 7min 29 sec on the Ring. The European version will be enhanced further with a slightly revised steering system and recalibrated rear differential although the GT-R team make a decision on this in September. But why enhance the GT-R further when it is already proved itself among the worlds top supercars? 'The GT-R is my son,' Mizuno explained. 'A son grows up and it's my duty as father to keep improving it.'" _________________________________ This is from a newer article here on WCF. So, yes, the GT-R that made the 7:29 lap time was a bit modified. But as you can see, it still is a production version as it will be sold in the US. The European version will be even more enhanced, so expect some faster lap times! ;P
Jun 2, 2008 11:25 pm
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chile
Has the SL Black Series had a go on the ring yet?
May 3, 2008 10:13 pm
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Xanavi23
Its been on the 'ring but as far as i know its been just testing purposes, very covert ops slash no times released...yet.
May 3, 2008 11:03 pm
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puddingpuppet
Holy sh*t, you all sound like a bunch of f*cking whiny girls.
May 3, 2008 3:51 am
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Xanavi23
GP900BJ...yes ive seen videos of the GT-R beating the GT3 on a track...the ONLY Porsche i mentioned was the Carerra GT super car...the car that was supposed to be a race car but was turned into a supercar instead when Audi wanted to keep winning and not let Porsche take away their shine. I never mentioned the Carerra GT3 or GT2. AIIIIIIIIIII THANNNNKKKK YOUUU ;)
May 3, 2008 3:49 am
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Realist
First of all.. I'm not doubting the time, but which governing body has recognized this "official" record, other than Nissan? Regardless... Frankly, I don't understand whatsoever where all of the import-fanboys get off talking trash on the ZR1 when they haven't even tried to lap the ring in a production model yet. It would be one thing if they tried and failed, but at this point people are just being pathetic. I'm not going to say it necessarily will, but what happens if it does beat this mighty Nissan? What sort of limp-wristed excuses will everyone come up with then? I guess I just don't get you young guys... way back when, people would wait for actual results before they started talking trash...
May 3, 2008 2:39 am
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FOXHOUND
i dont care what car wins. in the end if i had the money i'd buy them both, the best of japanese engineering, and the best in american muscle, both in my garage. :O)
May 3, 2008 6:37 pm
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FOXHOUND
your right Realist there are to many trash talkers and haters on this site, i don't know if the zr1 is going to beat the gtr in the ring, but it'll be a good fight. and if the corvette loses to the gtr so what? the GTR is a bad ass car. if you put a 4-wheel drive system, and all the computer tech systems of the gtr in ANY car, that car will basically out perform most other cars. the ZR1 rocks, but i would like chevy to realize that power isn't everything and see them put a system like this on the vette, i realize that it would be copying the GTR, but hey, you really can't design or build something these days without sort of coping someone else right? my hats off to the japanese for making such a kick ass car. can't wait till the SPEC V comes out to play in the ring!!!
May 3, 2008 6:50 pm
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mortz
Its an official lap record!! why would they even bother trying to fake it, the gtr has the goods, its a perfectly balanced machine, hence the transmission weight loading the rear wheels even though the gtr is a heavy girl there's nothing on the planet that's grips around and out of a corner like a gtr so even the cars that are lighter with more horsepower and more top end speed the gtr has already shaved seconds off the corners. also to take into account that the track was dry and the production car was used with a series of tires from the production line, i think the proto had slightly lower gearing with a lower top end speed, I don't think nissan took 7 years to make a car that wasn't going to be a little better than the skyline gtrs and espesically the r34 skyline gtr nur v-spec. I think the performance figures speck for them selves 0-100 in 3.5, 0-160 in 7 so there's no doubt that the nissan gtr can do the nurburgring in 7.29 that's what the car is designed to do.(Hence the 7 years development) Awesome job nissan, shes a honey
May 3, 2008 1:34 am
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Xanavi23
Look im not doubting that the GT-R is a very fast car...it moves man, it moves. Thanx for being respectful btw, appreciate it...But i mean it gets around faster than CGT...through the corners im sure it can have a slightly higher corner exit speed due to its traction(the GT-R) but we can agree the CGT is a very fast car...it has some traction issues but it can still clear corners with fairly highspeed due to its lightweight and great suspension in place. Furthermore, the CGT before being built was to be Porsches next LMP race car...but due to Audi wanting to maintain dominance at Le Mans it was stopped and re-tooled into a thinly desguised road car as we know it today, the CGT. Point being its a true race car for the street. As much as i love the GT-R and as godly as it is, i cant beleive it would beat a CGT around the 'Ring unless its horsepower was boosted at least somewhat. Of the dynos ive seen even on GT-Rs in japan, they have dynoed at 480hp at the wheels, meaning crank horsepower is somewhere at around 530. Even if the GT-R can only do a laptime in the 7:45-7:55 region thats still a VERY VERY VERY good time, especially in relation to its competition, the CLK63, M3, RS4 etc. It would still be well ahead of all of its projected competition. Last Note, In My Opinion the GT-R is a very good car, its what the GT-R always should have been but i dont think it accomplished laps this fast being stock. Why would they fake it? Simple my man, publicity, one way or another they did hit a 7:29( Car wasnt stock but it hit it) so now that they have, its a very good marketing tool for a car designed for high performance driving, like all cars in its Segment.
May 3, 2008 2:47 am
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NitrousOxide
I know that.. You dont! try to believe Nissan, PLEASE.. I swear they dont lie.. They're sooo cute and innocent.. Have some logic aswell.. coz u'll do better.. and check out the 7:38 laptime in youtube, they might break your physics "cage"
May 2, 2008 11:26 pm
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Jamaicandude
I think the times are the real deal. Nissan engineer Bruce Robinson said it best: “We don’t defy physics with the GT-R, we just apply it properly.” 'Nuff said.
May 3, 2008 12:25 am
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NitrousOxide
The car weighs 1740kg, exactly! which is about 3828 after conversion.. Every one says its impossible.. What is this impossible that you people are talking about..A guy called "Xanavi23" said "physics is physics" WHAT A JOKE!! What is this physics? how did you know the limits of this physics, was is written in God's book that there are limits for car's physics!! thats really funny, people are improving within the physics everyday.. Put it this way: once upon a time there were some makers that were trying thier best to beat each other around a track by using the basics of racing cars, power, weight, brakes, and suspension. A while after that, a creature called Nissan was able to add a new tool in the theory, its called ATTESA E-TS, which basically combines all the previous tools and combines them together, perfectly, so that every aspect suits the other. Therefore, they were able to Re-arrange the laws of physics..
May 2, 2008 8:43 pm
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Xanavi23
Lol...whatever Nitrous keep foolishly beleive everything you read...never questioning the FACTS. Im a nissan man...i love the New GT-R but 7:29 is bull, 7:38 is bull. The time for a STOCK GT-R should be at about the 7:45-7:55 region. Im a Nissan man but unlike you...i remain objective in my thoughts and see things as they truly are. Physics are Physics as set by the president(not the political sense) by other cars and by the general laws of power/mass and so on. Attessa is just a 4wd system that sends 100% of power to the rear wheels when they have total traction, when slippage occurs the send up to about 50% to the front wheels maybe a bit more...that will help it around a track in terms of stability which will allow it to maintain speed in corners as well and give it a few tenths by doing so. It DOES NOT account for making it beat a Carrera GT around the track. The Carerra GT is really a race car underneath its skin...its impossible for a stock GT-R to beat a car that has over 100hp more than it and weighs 500lbs less than it around a track, thats Physics. The Carerra is faster in the corners, its faster on the straights and yet somehow the stock" GT-r gets a better laptime ? I dont think so...actually im pretty sure i KNOW so. But go ahead beleive what Nissan tells you with a silver spoon ;)
May 2, 2008 9:59 pm
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pzigly
I swear that quote from once upon a time should be framed up somewhere it was that good..... I couldn't have said it better myself. It?s amazing how people just don?t get it. Also these records are legit for sure. Nissan is not going to go out of their way to claim something so they can be discredited later. They are in front of the world here and the Japanese pride themselves on respect and honor. They wouldn?t want to be shamed. They are constantly testing this car to see what it can do. Why would they risk trying to boost power and risk breaking down like Audi? Even when the car was in sheep clothes, pictures revealed that the interior was all complete so they were testing the actual car. The GT from Porsche is rear drive. GT-R is all wheel=out of turns quicker. GT is a big v10. GT-R is v6= faster response time accelerating out of corners especially with turbos spooling up faster air than a engine with no boost. There is no evidence to prove this number is incorrect. Watch the reviews. Every detail in the car has a purpose. They even put nitrogen in the tires and plasma in the cylinder linings to get the most out of it. Also the GT is a big car to throw around, but the Nissan is so much easier to drive. Some cars weigh less and have more HP than the Nissan, but they are not as fast. Nissan knows how to get all the power to the ground from this well balanced machine. Numbers don?t lie and if Nissan boosts the performance on the test, they can get sued for false advertizing and I don?t think they need to risk that happening since orders have been backed up for all the countries Nissan will sell this to. Do you really think the decision to buy this car is because it is faster than the GT? It?s not worth lying here. Nissan is the real deal and have pride in one upping everyone.
May 7, 2008 7:29 am
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FOXHOUND
i dont really care what the haters say about this car, for me this car ROCKS :O)
May 2, 2008 6:35 pm
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FOXHOUND
I completely agree with you taaxed. some people just don't take into consideration the different factors in driving situations, the fact that you can take a corner faster bacause of the pheonomenal 4 wheel drive system means that you can exit a corner at a higher speed, and that inturn means a lower lap times, people also fail to consider the fact that this car has one of the lowest COD (co-efficient of drag) of almost any production vehicle to date. there are soooo many other factors involved when talking performance driving not just HP and weight. and besides if this car did indeed weigh 3800kg that would put it at a healthy 8400 pounds!!!! get your conversions right before you post people.
May 2, 2008 6:33 pm
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taaxed
It's sad reading all these comments, so many of your are sorely misinformed. 1. the car does NOT weight 3800kg?!?! maybe 3800lbs...We use the metric system in Australia so I wouldn't be sure, but it's more like 1800kg. Granted, this is still a heavy car. 2. We can import the R34 GT-R in Australia from Japan, so there are a few of them in the country, and yes they are already amazing machines, I've driven a slightly modified one and that 4wd system is amazing coming out of corners, you have no loss of traction and you can get on the gas a lot sooner than in a RWD car. Drive a R34 GT-R, you will be amazed at how well the car defies it's weight, I'm presuming the R35 would go along the same lines! Let's be honest, American muscle cars are hopeless, they have hopeless amounts of power for their engine capacity sizes. Many of you are failing to look at where the power band is with cars like this, most of the speed will not be attained from the peak HP figure, you need to look at how much power it's making through the rev range, things like gearing of the car need to be considered as well. Suspension and the tyres play a big role in the lap times too. Lastly, there's no point in a car having 500,600,700HP etc if it can't get the power to the ground, and that's why the GTR is so awesome.
May 2, 2008 5:47 pm
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Xanavi23
sorry taaxed i meant 3800lbs/1900kgs~
May 2, 2008 9:51 pm
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Blackeyes21
I think DODGE Viper Coupe the only car can win over this Nissan guys.Think again guys you'll have the clear answer.
May 2, 2008 2:03 pm
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radmeister
Dodge viper? Same viper that is slower than Z06? I highly doubt it. I don't think there is any company out there right now with something in the works that can beat the V-Spec other than Pagani which will eat it alive with the Zonda R.
May 2, 2008 2:48 pm
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fshizl
TAKE THAT ALL YOU HATERS
May 2, 2008 9:04 am
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