Earlier today in the northeast city of Sugo, Nissan unveiled its 2013 GT-R, which goes on sale in Japan later this month and from January for the rest of the world. But the real interest behind this news is a 12-minute video featuring GT-R Project Chief, Kazutoshi Mizuno, who explains his commitment to evolving the GT-R, making each iteration better and faster than the previous one.
You may have followed this story on Twitter during the past fortnight, which focused on Usain Bolt being appointed Nissan’s new “Director of Excitement”, along with news of a one-off gold GT-R and a special ‘Bolt GT-R’ which will go into limited production in 2013.
A unique Nissan GT-R, embossed with Olympic Champion Usain Bolt’s signature will be auctioned on eBay later this month to benefit the Usain Bolt Foundation. Proceeds will go towards creating opportunities for children in Bolt’s home of Jamaica.
Young people today don’t know what they’re missing. When I were a lad (well perhaps a bit older than a lad) we watched 500bhp Ford Sierra Cosworth’s battle it out with E30 M3s and even the occasional R32 Nissan GT-R. That was touring car racing.
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.
A rain soaked Oulton Park played host to the opening rounds of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship last weekend, and proved to be an action-packed season opener.
When news broke of Liam Doran’s huge accident at the Nürburgring last week, we naturally feared for the worst. Liam’s 600+ bhp Nissan GT-R had left the circuit and backed into the tyre barrier. The car was a write-off, but thankfully Liam walked away with just a few cuts and bruises to show for his ordeal.
It seems ironic that a car which already laps the Nürburgring in 7 mins 21 seconds, could need a ‘Track Pack’ to make it more suited to the task. But that’s precisely what Nissan are offering its GT-R customers with this new track-focused edition of its 2012 model.
It’s the question that everyone would love to know and it took a collaboration between Germany’s Sport Auto magazine and Lotus Renault GP to find out.
When the R35 GT-R first appeared on the scene in 2008 with ‘only’ 480 bhp, most of us probably thought, “nice, but couldn’t they have given it more power than an M5?” We then drove it back-to-back with Porsche’s Gen2 911 and found the porker had the legs (just), but otherwise there was little to complain about apart from its brakes.
News of Lotus’ entry in the GT category of the FIA Rally Championship in 2012, got me thinking about the relationship between road and rally cars and whether we, the customer, are still benefiting from the participation of car manufacturers in the sport.
Following the success of the first Japanese special in 2010, we offer you part two – featuring the full story on the iconic 2011 Nissan GT-R, brilliant four-door 2011 WRX STi and road trips in the pocket rocket Mazda 3 MPS and outstanding Subaru Legacy Outback.