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Video: Nissan Preparing To Break Nurburgring Record With Nissan GT-R Nismo

Wed, 09 Oct 2013

The Nurburgring is typically used by automakers to test their new vehicles in an attempt to gauge how fast it can go around the track relative to the competition.

Now, it appears that Nissan is setting up shop at the ’Ring this week in an attempt to set a new lap record for the Nissan GT-R .

The car that’s poised to challenge that mark?

The soon-to-be-unveiled 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo .

According to Autocar, the Japanese automaker has booked exclusive use of the ’Ring, which it will use to put the GT-R Nismo through the paces. The objective, as far as Nissan is concerned, is to shatter the record lap time of the GT-R around the Nurbugring. Currently, that record sits at 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds, which was set by Toshio Suzuki last year. Incidentally, that lap time is the ninth fastest time by a road-legal car at the circuit.

Former Formula 1 driver Sébastien Buemi will be behind the wheel of the NIssan GT-R Nismo when it attempts its laps at the Nurburgring. With Nissan promising to get the GT-R Nismo to hit 0-60 mph in just two seconds, it opens up a world of possibilities on how fast the supercar can tackle the Nurburgring.

Whether it can beat the record GT-R time remains to be seen, but from the looks of things, it’s certainly in play.

When you have a car like the Nissan GT-R in your fold, there’s only so much you can do to make it even more powerful than it already is.

But Nissan has an ace up its sleeve, and that ace is its in-house tuning firm, Nismo. The company’s performance division is preparing one hell of a track-focused, street-legal supercar that will have improved aerodynamics, a redesigned interior, and of course, a performance upgrade that should produce around 580 horsepower under its hood.

The 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo will make its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show this November.

By KirGarlitos

See also: WSBK 2013: Laguna Seca Race Report, 2013 Motocross of Nations Results, Öhlins USA Suspension Cirkus of Speed Tomorrow, September 28.