As the year draws to a close, a handful of final automotive manufacturers and driving teams are trying to seal new lap time records over the Nürburgring Nordschleife route. One of the latest of these was the Nissan 2015 GT-R Nismo, which is a higher-performance model of the regular GT-R. The GT-R debuted in Tokyo just a couple weeks past, and is already making quite the industry impact.
The 2015 GT-R clocked an impressive 7 minutes, 8 second lap time. Now, Nissan was quick to claim this is a new record. However, the clarifying detail was that this is a new record for “volume production cars.” Not long before, the Porsche 918 Spyder posted an even faster laptime, but Nissan pointed out the limited production line for the 918 Spyder, and that it doesn’t qualify as “volume,” putting the two results in different categories. Some might argue this fine-line definition, but it doesn’t negate the incredible performance the Nissan Nismo put in on the track.
Another thing to note is that the model used in establishing this lap time included Nissan’s “Track Package,” with features that are unlikely to appear in final production models. These features include elements such as aerodynamic adjustments, weight cuts, and a unique suspension rig.
The 2015 GT-R offers 595 horsepower and more than 480 lb-ft, with peak horsepower at 6800 rpm. Nissan claims it could get even more performance out of the engine design, but had to limit the output so the transmission wouldn’t shred itself to bits in short order. Electrically adjustable dampers can be adapted to Track, Race, and Race Plus settings. The track package used on the Nordschleife has its own aero kit with a front splitter, rear spoiler, and drops 143 pounds from the original chassis with carbonfibre parts. It compensated for the Nürburgring’s uneven track surface by replacing electronic shocks with manually adjustable ones, plus reducing the spring rates slightly.
This car will be available to drivers for less than $200,00 and will go on sale this upcoming February—though US buyers will have to wait a bit longer.