Now this has got to sting. Nissan was quite proud of their new baby, the GT-R. They even went as far as going to the famous Nurburgring race track to see how their new creation would stack up against the competition. It did well, quite well in fact. Nissan’s GT-R did an amazing thing in proving that, in the right hands, it could go around the famous ‘Ring in 7 minutes and 29 seconds. A 7:29 at the Nurburgring is very fast indeed, in fact, it’s faster than the home team, Porsche.
Of course Porsche wasn’t going to take this claim lying down. So, the boys from Sttutgart did their own independent testing and came up with their own conclusions: Nissan was cheating. Whoa, that is a heavy claim from the Germans. Still, they are more than happy to point out that they bought a GT-R from a Nissan dealer, took it to the Nurburgring along with their best driver, and spent an entire day trying to replicate the GT-R’s claimed lap times.
The result? They say they could not get within 25 seconds of the GT-R’s claimed lap time. Now some of you might be familiar with racing, so you know that 25 seconds is an eternity on a racetrack.
"This wonder car with 7:29 could not have been a regular series production car," says August Achleitner, the 911 product chief for Porsche. "For us, it’s not clear how this time is possible. What we can imagine with this Nissan is they used other tires."
Achleitner says the time achieved by Nissan with ex-Formula One driver Toshio Suzuki would only be possible with a semi-slick race-style tire. Translation: That’s not a stock GT-R, but rather a GT-R with racing tires. This seemingly small part of the equation can be the difference between an official record and just another attempt. Porsche was right to call Nissan out on their claims.
"The Nissan is a good car," Achleitner said. "I don’t want to make anything bad with my words. It’s a very consistent car. But this car is about 20 kilos heavier than the Turbo and makes the same power, how can it be faster? For us it has been clearly the result. This technical puzzle now fits together. With the other numbers we had problems to understand it."
It seems that Nissan better respond or risk its cred on the racetrack. Claiming the GT-R is 2 seconds slower is one thing, but 25 seconds? That’s got to be another car altogether, or one with racing compound tires. Nissan, the ball is now in your court.
Source: Axis Of Oversteer