The Nissan GT-R Nismo Is Now Tsukuba's Fastest Production Car
The Nissan GT-R Nismo is getting on a bit. The ultimate road-going R35 has been kicking around since 2014 and is based on a car that’ll be celebrating its 13th birthday this year.
But that doesn’t mean the old dog doesn’t have a trick or two left up its sleeve. Perhaps to prove the Nismo can still cut it against its young whippersnapper rivals, Nissan installed its Super GT pilot Tsugio Matsuda in the driver’s seat and sent the pairing around Japan’s Tsukuba circuit.
The result? A 59.3-second lap time at the dinky 1.2-mile track, which is a new production car record, Nissan says.
We haven’t been able to confirm what the previous lap record holder was at the circuit, which is famed outside of its home country for its use by Best Motoring and various video games. Fastest Laps suggests the top spot belonged to a Porsche 911 GT3 (991.2), although there’s no information regarding who was driving or when the time was posted.
We’ve asked Nissan GB if it can confirm what exactly it was the Nismo GT-R beat, and also if there’s a full lap video to enjoy – unfortunately only a highlights reel has been posted thus far.
What we do know is that the GT-R Nismo has been comprehensively upgraded for 2020, featuring turbochargers borrowed from the GT3 racing version, an improved gearbox, better brakes, aero tweaks and new tyres from Dunlop. Along with the Tsukuba time, the 2020 Nismo was also able to knock 2.5-seconds off the outgoing version’s lap time at Nissan’s development circuit.
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