Nissan GT-R: Can you spare 7 minutes, 26.7 seconds?

Scott Benjamin

A 2009 Nissan GT-R (Courtesy of Nissan)

It was less than a week ago when I told you about the challenge to the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's record-breaking one-lap time of 7 minutes, 26.4 seconds at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. If you recall, it was Dan Watkins, new owner of the one and only (so far) $2 million Stile Bertone Mantide (a corvette ZR1-based supercar), who was going for the bragging rights. But they're not the only ones battling it out at the Green Hell.

It seems that there is a similar competition heating up between the folks at Nissan and Porsche. Here's the scoop, and I'll try to keep it brief: The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 recently recorded an unofficial one-lap time of 7 minutes, 40 seconds. Not bad. Not bad at all. But the folks at Nissan said that the Nissan GT-R could do it in 7 minutes, 27 seconds. The Porsche guys said no way, and according to this post by Chris Shunk at Autoblog, Porsche told automotive magazine Motor Trend that "the twin-turbo Nissan is only good for a time of 7:56 in stock U.S. form."

I'm sure that Nissan's response was something like: Oh really? Well we'll just have to see about that! Yeah, I know...just remember that I'm trying to keep it G-rated here. It's pure speculation on my part, but I'm guessing that there may have been some more colorful language thrown in there for good measure, too.

Nissan had to prove itself. And that's exactly what it did by video taping an official timed lap of the Nürburgring in a GT-R. As you'll see from the video, the car performs incredibly well in the skilled hands of former Formula One driver Toshio Suzuki. In fact, it even outperformed the 7:27 claim by three tenths of a second. So, if you can spare 7 minutes and 26.7 seconds, watch this video of the Nissan GT-R completing one full lap of the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. The in-car camera view is awesome, and you won't believe the way this guy pushes the GT-R right to the limit.

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