Former Formula 1 driver Sébastien Buemi is posied to set a new lap record for the Nissan GT-R at the Nurburgring this week.
Track insiders have reported that Nissan has booked exclusive use of the venue for its laps. The current fastest verified time for a Nissan GT-R at the circuit is 7m 18.6sec, set by Toshio Suzuki in 2012. That is the ninth fastest time by a road-legal car at the circuit.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo is expected to be officially revealed at this year's Tokyo motor show in November. It's understood that it is being co-developed with the Williams F1 team in a bid to improve its aerodynamic performance.
"I've done done testing on the Nordschleife and its been interesting," said Buemi earlier this year. "The programme is still at an early stage but we are getting more out of the car all the time. The lap time is coming down all the time, but we don't know what's possible yet."
Previously the car had been photographed undergoing testing outside Nissan's technical centre in Europe. Despite being heavily camouflaged, it was clear that the car had received cosmetic and aerodynamic tweaks, most likely including a Nismo-specific bodykit.