Is the 2013 Nissan GT-R the next Nürburgring champion?
2013 saw the reveal of the Nissan GT-R, Nissan’s latest supercar model, adding further refinements that improved its power output and handling, greater customization, and an overall improved ride.
Of course, as is expected for any production super car, its performance on the Nürburgring is a global indicator of whether it’s worth any market respect. With the GT-R, Nissan wrecked its old 2009 record of 7:26:70 with a new lap time of 7:18! This is the ninth-fastest Nürburgring lap time to date!
Oddly, Nissan’s Chief Engineer, Kazutoshi Mizuno, claimed that the GT-R could potentially complete the Nordschleife loop in under seven minutes...a full 18 second difference that would be magnificent if proven possible. He also noted that there was a .5 second time loss on the Nürburgring lap due to traffic.
Nissan’s GT-R further sets itself at the top of the production supercar pile with a 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds acceleration time. Originally, it was anticipated that this model would see an increase to 560hp. However, compared to the previous year, only a 12hp increase was seen, putting it at 542hp.
Nissan issues an official press release concerning the GT-R, noting updates such as: “A reworked 550PS 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, generating improved responses from the mid and upper rev ranges. Modifications have also been made to the dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar.”
A detailed rundown of 2013 model improvements include:
- New high-output injectors more accurately control fuel injection to improve mid and high-range rpm response.
- A new relief valve for the turbocharger bypass suppresses the rapid decrease of forced injection pressure, again helping to sustain response.
- A new oil pan baffle helps maintain more stable oil pressure and reduces rotational friction especially during high-performance driving.
- After measuring the roll centre of the GT-R when cornering and taking deflection of the bushes and tyres into account, Nissan engineers have adjusted the suspension geometry with revisions to the dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar to deliver improved high speed stability.
- The torque carrying capacity of the driveshafts has been increased to improve reliability in high-stress situations, such as track driving and hard acceleration.
- Reinforcements have been added to the dash panel bar and instrument panel member increased body rigidity resulting in better suspension control.
Alongside the standard model, Nissan is also offering a “For Track Pack” design that includes high-friction seats, stiffer suspension, and lighter wheels. Reviews have indicated that this model provides incredible acceleration with high handling limits, while transmission can be a bit clunky in high traffic circumstances.