Ex-F1 driver Sébastien Buemi to tackle Nürburgring in Nissan GT-R Nismo
Jim Holder
8 October 2013

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.

Other changes include a slightly different air intake system, as well as Nismo-specific parts such as alloy wheels.

It also appears that the Nismo variant benefits from a different suspension setup, since it appears to sit slightly lower than the conventional GT-R.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, said: "It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of Nismo road cars without including the GT-R.

"The standard road car is a global supercar and the GT-R's performance on track reflects the passion and talents of the Nismo team. The GT-R Nismo will be special."

Nissan's standard GT-R, which is powered by a twin-turbocharged 524bhp 3.8-litre V6, is capable of 0-62mph in 3.0sec. It's expected that the Nismo will be faster - but to what extent has yet to be ascertained.

The new Nissan GT-R Nismo is expected to go on sale in 2014, and will be offered alongside the standard version in specialised dealerships. A significant price hike is expected over the standard model, which currently costs £76,610.

It has recently been announced that the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 will join the Honda NSX and Lexus LF-CC in next year's Super GT Championship.

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2 September 2013

lacks visual appeal

2 September 2013

The only way to improve this car is to remove weight. Adding power and traction will be more of the same and even 2.5 0-60 wont increase its appeal anymore.


3 September 2013

It would be nice if Renault-Alpine put a new European style supercar body on it. That would be one hell of a halo car for Renault, and would cost about 50p to develop.

3 September 2013

Not much on the road for this kinda wonga is going to be as quick,may not be Aston interior inside,but, when was a leather clad interior anything to do with how a car handles?

Peter Cavellini.

3 September 2013

I take one manual C7 Corvette, please.

No manual - no fun

3 September 2013

Wish this affliction with retro Vette's would go away, the Stingray is a rip off of the current F12 Berlinetta.

Peter Cavellini.

10 October 2013

Imagine a one lap race of the Nurburgring. How much head start would a GT-R Nismo need over the latest breed of hybrid hypercars (LaFerrari, P1, 918 Spyder) and still win? Who knows, but I bet it isn't a lot. Of course lap times aren't the be-all-and-end-all but you get the feeling that the GT-R lives for challenges like that and Nissan knows it. BTW, the gap currently stands at 21.6 seconds (918 Spyder vs MY14 GT-R).

8 October 2013

... No ideas. Really. Erm... Perhaps. Shed some weight. If at all possible.
A lot of car for the money. Nothing even comes close. Absolutely phenomenal.

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