Spy Video Footage Was Captured of a NISMO GT-R Prototype Running the Nurburgring
Things are heating up with NISMO’s development of a super performance variation of the already world-class GT-R. The vehicle, which they’re trying to build to reach 60mph in 2 seconds flat, is to become a new flagship for Nissan to showcase their manufacturing and design capabilities. Utilizing the super car GT-R as the base for such an endeavor was the perfect route for them, and it looks like they’re getting close to hitting their mark.
Earlier this week, Nissan shut down the Nurburgring for testing. They hired safety marshalls and turned on the timing beacons around the track, and sent the current prototype NISMO GT-R out on the world’s most famous racetrack to see what it was capable of. They were, undoubtedly, working to set a new track record, or come close to the upper echelons of all Nurburgring times (the current production version of the GT-R has already posted a blisteringly fat 7:19.1 track time).
To achieve these times, Nissan has clearly upped the HP and Torque numbers of their GT-R. In the video the sound of an oversized blow off valve would indicate a much larger turbo configuration than is seen on the base production car; however, power alone is not what creates great track times. The NISMO GT-R will also certainly be a lighter vehicle, but by how much is anyone’s guess at this point. Also of note are the changes to aerodynamics that the vehicle has undergone. Even wrapped in camo, it’s clear that the vehicle has been outfitted with a new and more aggressive aero package–punctuated by the oversized wing at the rear of the car.
So, while we don’t yet know what times the Nissan Godzilla is putting down at the ‘Ring in this NISMO iteration, we do know that it sounds and looks like no other GT-R before it. Check it out and share your thoughts!
Reports Have Surfaced That Give the 2015 Nissan NISMO GT-R a Blisteringly Fast Acceleration Time
Do not adjust your computer monitors, you read that right. Reports have surfaced that the 2015 NISMO GT-R will be capable of shaving .7 seconds off of the current GT-R’s already insane acceleration times to reach the magical 0-60 land of 2.0 seconds. 2.0 seconds. That gives a whole new meaning to the old safe driver maxim of the “Two-second rule“.
While nothing is official yet, and will not be until Nissan does their official vehicle reveal at the 2013 Tokyo International Motor Show in November, we do know that NISMO engineers have been hard at work on their very-own special brand of GT-R. The car has been undergoing multiple revisions and extreme testing, and rumors place the vehicle at having 570HP potential. More rumors claim that this Mecha-Godzilla (if you will allow it) will be apable of setting a new production car lap record at the Nürburgring.
This all seemed extreme, of course, but nowhere near as much as the very much reported newest rumor of going from a stand-still to 60 miles per hour in just 2 seconds time. The Ariel Atom V8–a car famous for being as extreme as possible, and generally considered the world’s fastest production vehicle–is only capable of accelerating to that speed in 2.3 seconds times. In fact, here’s a look at the world’s fastest production cars and their acceleration times from 0-60:
Make and model
Ariel Atom V8
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
Hennessey Venom GT
Nissan GT-R R35
Porsche 911 Turbo S
SSC Ultimate Aero TT
Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce
Rimac Concept One
Caterham 7 Superlight R500
Gumpert Apollo Sport
Koenigsegg Agera R
Koenigsegg CCXR Edition/Trevita
Caterham 7 CSR
That would make the NISMO GT-R .3 seconds faster than the Ariel Atom, almost half a second quicker than the Bugatti Veyron, and leaving cars like the Ferrari Enzo and Koenigsegg Agera R as little more than dots in the rear view mirror. I’m not certain a time like that is even actually possible, but, I’d love to see it.
I doubt NISMO has unlocked the metaphysical secrets that would make 2.0 seconds possible in the GT-R, but, if they have I’m eagerly awaiting the global shitstorm that such an accomplishment will unleash. What is already one of the world’s finest performance vehicles–and best bang-for-the-buck creations of all time–will enter an automotive pantheon never before known. Even if NISMO is only capable of shaving a few tenths of a second off of the current GT-R’s acceleration time–which is a lot of time when your totals are this miniscule to begin with–we’ll still be treated to one of the fastest and undeniably most impressive cars ever produced, and that sounds about right to me.