The Nissan GT-R, winner of the 2009 World Performance Car of the Year, improved its lap time at the renowned Nurburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, Germany, in late April to 7 minutes 26.70 seconds.
Previous recorded lap times at the ‘ring were:
* 7 minutes 27.56 seconds on April 15, 2009
* 7 minutes 29 in April, 2008
* 7 minutes 38 in September, 2007
“This record demonstrates our commitment to the continuous evolution of the Nissan GT-R,” said Kazutoshi Mizuno, Chief Vehicle Engineer and Chief Vehicle Specialist.
“We would like to continue delivering the passion and pride of ownership to our customers by improving its performance every year.”
The Nissan GT-R has won more than a dozen awards globally including Car of the Year from CAR Magazine in the UK and Car of the Year by both Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine in the US.
The Nissan GT-R benefits from a strong image and heritage amongst performance car aficionados, especially in Australia, which was the only country globally to officially retail the previous R32 in the early ’90s.
The R35 GT-R was launched in Australia, Europe, GCC and New Zealand last month. Australian customers have so far ordered more than 170 GT-Rs.
In Japan more than 5900 GT-R’s have been sold up to March 2009. It went on sale in the US in July 2008 where 2100 have also been sold so far.
The new, Nurburgring record lap was again set by Nissan Chief test driver Toshio Suzuki who visited Australia in February for the car’s official launch. The blistering lap time was achieved on Dunlop tyres in dry but dusty conditions.
A collection of automotive magazine editors, including CAR (UK) were present to witness the historic GT-R lap record.