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by George Skentzos

The Nissan GT-R has returned to its honorary birthplace at the famous Nordschleife circuit of the Nürburgring to settle a grudge by setting yet another personal best lap record.

The Japanese specification 2009 model GT-R recorded a blistering time of 7min 27.56secs, withering away at its previous best time by almost three seconds.

Although the GT-R used this time around was not completely stock, wearing a set of RAYS forged alloy wheels wrapped with Dunlop tyres borrowed from the v-Spec variant.

At the wheel was Nissan’s Chief test driver Toshio Suzuki who – despite shaving off a few precious seconds – was not completely satisfied with the track conditions, stating that surface grip had been impaired by dust and sand.

Under the direction of Nissan GT-R Chief Vehicle Engineer, Kazutoshi Mizuno, and depending on conditions, the Nissan test team will attempt another record at the ‘Ring tomorrow.

This is a slap in the face not only for Porsche, who have expressed their frustration in the past over the GT-R’s remarkable pace, but also the current ‘Ring King – the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – which is narrowly leading the grudge match with a time of 7min 26.4secs.

Nissan still has an ace up its sleeve with the flagship V-Spec variant still yet to record an official lap time around the ‘Green Hell’.




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