Nürburgring lap records have become such an essential badge of honor and a marketing tool for manufacturers that even vehicles with no business on the fabled German track are claiming records. One car that absolutely is the business on the Nordschleife, however, is the Nissan GT-R. When the current generation of the bruiser from Yokohama first set times that embarrassed top-tier sports cars, the internet became alight with discussions and conspiracy theories that continue to this day. However, there is no such thing as an official "Nürburgring Lap Record." This is where the now traditional "onboard video" release comes in.
The latest version of the GTR, the Nismo, has grown exponentially in price. It has also gained in power and added downforce through a new splitter, diffuser, and rear wing. Looking at the video, there is little doubt as to the amazing capabilities of the car.
It's not for everyone to set these sort of lap times with any car, and Nissan has been hiring top talents for the job. Earlier in the year, it was having a go at the record books, but it was a German Super GT driver Michael Krumm who took the honor, setting the astounding time of 7:08.679. That's just ten seconds from Porsche's 918 hybrid ultimate hypercar.
Ride with Krumm as he talks you through the various sections of the Green Hell. It's quite a lap.