Porsche accuses Nissan of falsifying GT-R Nurburgring lap times

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The Nissan GT-R beat out the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Porsche 911 Carrera for top honors

The Nissan GT-R beat out the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Porsche 911 Carrera for top honors

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There’s something very puzzling about Nissan’s all-new GT-R supercar. Its official output figures read 480hp (358kW) and 588Nm (434lb-ft) of torque and its mass registers at 1,723kg, but the car can still outrun the 911 Turbo around the notorious Nurburgring by a healthy margin despite the Porsche weighing less and producing more torque (1633kg and 457lb-ft respectively).

Nissan’s official lap time for the Nurburgring is a blistering 7m 29s, set back in May. The lap times were for a stock-standard base specification GT-R fitted with the same Japanese market tires as the cars in showrooms, according to claims by Nissan.

Porsche, however, claims Nissan falsified these numbers and posted the quicker times because of semi-slick race-style tires. The German sports carmaker even purchased its own GT-R and set about testing it against both the 911 Turbo and GT2 and in both cases it claims the GT-R was the slowest. The laps were run by one of Porsche’s chassis development engineers and not its regular tester, former world rally champion and race winner Walter Rohrl.

Speaking with Australia’s CarsGuide this week, Porsche’s 911 product chief August Achleitner said the GT-R used by Nissan to post its official times could not have been a regular series production car.

He said Porsche took a standard GT-R bought in the United States and running on regular road tires, and was tested on the same day as the pair of 911s. According to Porsche, the GT-R posted a time of 7m 54s, with the 911 Turbo managing 7m 38s and the GT2 getting down to 7m 34s.
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Comments (3)
  1. dun dun dun . . . .

  2. Dun dun dun is right!

    I would just love to see Porsche bring out it's best driver, on road tires, and Nissan do the same, and do three laps each, one staggered a half-lap behind the other (so track conditions are the same) and see what the average times are.
    Then throw in a ZR-1 for good fun and I'll be glued to the screen... :)

  3. Porsche should bring out Walter Rorhl its chief test driver, and rally legend. Just to sort out this out. ts interesting Porsche are claiming this as the GTR has been beaten around the 'Ring by the Corvette ZR1. Altough all these cars have been eclipsed by the barely road legal Radical SR8 which did a bowel-loosening 6m:55s which is miles faster than the others. Also the Caparo T1 should through the cat amongst the pigeons around the Nurburgring. All of this attention on how fast a car can lap the 'Ring also shows what an epic circuit the Nurburgring really is

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