2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo revealed, laps legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:08

Nissan GT-R Nismo 2

Nissan has unveiled the 2014 GT-R Nismo with an updated engine, chassis, aerodynamics and interior.

The GT-R Nismo is powered by a modified 591bhp 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with 652Nm of torque. The updated engine uses new high-flow, large diameter turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing. Engineers also optimized the ignition timing control for each of the six cylinders and improved the fuel pump combustion.

The suspension is also tuned and features new springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.

New aero package improves road-holding and gives the car a menacing and muscular appearance.

The front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the centre of gravity and generating an additional 100kg (at 300km/h) compared to the freshly updated 2014 GT-R model.

The cabin shows Alcantara wrapped three-spoke steering whee, red stitching on the centre console, seats and door trim. Driver and passenger are comfortably seated in erconomically-sculpted Recaro seats with carbon fibre backing and there is also carbon-like look for the dials.

All this rides on exclusive Nismo tyres developed by Dunlop measuring 255/40 ZRF20 front and 285/35 ZRF20 rear.

The GT-R Nismo lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, in just 7 minutes 8.679 seconds. Not bad. That’s 10 seconds faster than the 2012 GT-R, but obviously not as fast as the Porsche 918 Spyder, which did it in 6:57.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. “With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo* holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement.”

Nissan can’t call it the fastest production car, so instead they are calling it the fastest VOLUME production car around the famous track in Germany. It is a very impressive time, but to put the VOLUME there just does not sound right.

The 918 Spyder will be limited to 918 units and we are sure the GT-R Nismo won’t be produced in tens of thousands, so volume or not, the fastest production car around the ‘Ring is still Porsche.

What confuses us is the huge rear spoiler that is seen on the camouflaged car that lapped the ‘Ring in 7:08. There is no word on it in the press release and the new official images show the GT-R Nismo with a rear spoiler, that is clearly lower.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan from late February 2014, while U.S. and Europe followed later in 2014.

PRESS RELEASE (click to expand)

World premiere of race-inspired version of Nissan’s legendary GT-R
600hp (441kw) for blistering performance
Advanced aerodynamics generating additional 100kg of downforce at 300km/h (186mph) for exceptional road-holding
YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 19, 2013) – Records fall and dreams come true with the debut of the Nissan GT-R Nismo. This race-oriented model delivers “factory tuned” supercar dynamics with revolutionary enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. The Nissan GT-R is already established as one of the best performing supercars in the automotive sphere, and now Nissan has drawn on decades of racing experience gathered by Nismo, the brand’s motorsport specialists, to develop the ultimate Nissan GT-R.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo features exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car’s performance through optimised aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan in late February 2014, U.S. and Europe later in 2014.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. “With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo* holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement.”

Nissan GT-R Nismo Overview – Flagship of the Nismo lineup

1. Mechanical Features

Nissan GT-R Nismo employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve new levels of power, speed and handling.

Engine

Under the hood, the 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT engine benefits from the know-how that Nismo has gained from participating in such events as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 hour race. Engine power has risen and is now rated at 591hp (441kw) and 481 lb ft (652 Nm) of torque.
New high-flow, large diameter turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing, improve breathing, while optimised individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.
Chassis

The suspension setup,is inspired by that of the Nismo racing GT-R and tuned for stunning agility, road-holding and handling finesse, without compromising refinement.
The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.
Exclusive Nismo tyres – developed by Dunlop – exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. Front: 255/40 ZRF20; rear 285/35 ZRF20.
Specially-developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimise wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability. Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area.
To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R Nismo features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.
Body construction

Increased rigidity in the bodyshell is achieved using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding leading to precise suspension response under extreme load, the Nismo “factory tuned” enhancement.
2. Exterior design – Exclusive styling with improved aerodynamics

Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyse airflow, Nismo has developed an aero package that improves road-holding, minimises the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a menacing and muscular appearance.
Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the centre of gravity and generating an additional 100kg (at 300km/h) compared to the freshly updated 2014 GT-R model. The car’s aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, the same as that of 2014 Nissan GT-R.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in five body colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red. And unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey accentuates the car’s imposing exterior muscularity.
The GT-R Nismo’s black 6-spoke wheels are inspired by Nissan’s legendary GT500 race car.
3. Interior

The Nissan GT-R Nismo cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimised driving position.
Ergonomically sculpted carbon-fibre-backed reclining RECARO seats (Europe/Japan) comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.
Nismo racers influenced the design of the steering wheel which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red centre mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
The combi meter has carbon-like finish, and tachometer features a red design. The meter hood is also dressed with Alcantara®.
Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, centre console, door trim and steering wheel.


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