The first deliveries of Nissan’s 2012 track-focused GT-R have reached UK shores, with the first lucky owners receiving their cars soon.
The new ‘Track Pack’ GT-R is lighter, faster and harder offering drivers an extra edge on circuit, while still remaining fully legal on the road. Unlike aftermarket modifications, this GT-R has the full blessing of the car’s creator Kazutoshi Mizuno and retains Nissan’s full warranty.
On the outside, the new car features special six-spoke RAYS alloy wheels with gloss black centres, saving a total weight of 10kg over the standard 2012 GT-R, although Nissan quotes the same gross weight as the standard car, of 1740kg.
Additional brake cooling ducts have been built into the carbon front splitter, which reduce the operating temperature by as much 100 degrees during track use. Similar ducts hidden behind the rear wheels channel cooling air over the rear discs.
Track Pack also features special, stiffer suspension designed to optimise track performance, combined with increased body rigidity. The uprated components and set-up have been jointly developed with GT-R development driver Toshio Suzuki, during extensive testing at the Nurburgring.
The latest GT-R was rumoured to have lapped the 14.7 mile circuit in an impressive 7min 16 seconds (some 8 seconds faster than its predecessor), so we can’t wait to hear how well this new GT-R Track Pack version performs.
Thanks to the special new dampers, customers will be able to set up their GT-R to achieve to achieve the perfect lap on track, then change the suspension back to road-use at the flick of a switch.
The changes that make up the Track Pack are not just under the shell, though. Inside the car loses its rear seats but gains two track-ready front sports seats covered in what is affectionately referred to as ‘magic cloth’ by the father of GT-R, Kazutoshi Mizuno.
The Track Pack also boasts special blue-on-grey sports seats made from fabric and leather. The high friction fabric is a special material that allows occupants to ‘stick’ to the seats during hard cornering and braking.
A Track Pack emblem sits on the dashboard, helping to identify this as the most ‘special’ GT-R model, whilst the more comfortable seat belts, enhanced Bose audio system and a rear-view camera from the standard MY2012 GT-R, are also included as standard.
Nissan quote the same performance figures as the ‘standard’ 2012 GT-R, with a 0-62 time of just 2.8 seconds from its 542bhp 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V6. The GT-R Track Pack will reach a maximum speed of 196mph, but still manages a combined figure of 24.0 mpg and 275 g/km of CO2 emissions.
The Track Pack is only available in the UK and Japan, and is priced at £84,450.