Nissan on Porsche's GT-R lap time criticism: go to driving schoolby Drew Johnson
While 0-60 and quarter-mile times have long stood as the measuring stick for any performance car, Germany's NÃ¼rburgring is quickly proving to be the new standard for performance testing. Nissan quickly jumped to the head of the NÃ¼rburgring class when its GT-R supercar posted a record-setting 7 minute 29 second lap, prompting the GT-R's intended competitor - Porsche - .
Last month, August Achleitner, Porsche's 911 product chief, revealed that Porsche had purchased a Nissan GT-R, but could not muster a lap time better than 7:54 around the "˜Ring. After studying the test results, Achleitner concluded that the GT-R that set the NÃ¼rburgring lap record "could not have been a regular series production car", and must have been wearing non-production semi-slick racing tires.
It's no surprise that Nissan took Achleitner's remarks as an insult, and has since replied with its own assessment of the situation.
Nissan is adamant that the 7:29 GT-R was rolling on stock rubber -- Dunlop SP SPORT 600 DSST CTT - and even openly invited anyone to go see the record-setting tires for themselves at Sumitomo Rubber Industries in Japan. Nissan also welcomed the chance to give any automaker a driving lesson in the GT-R to demonstrate its full capabilities, insinuating that Porsche's driver had no idea how to properly handle the GT-R. "We are aware that several auto makers have purchased the GT-R for their own testing and evaluation," the Japanese automaker said in a statement. "We would welcome the opportunity to help any auto manufacturer with understanding the full capabilities of the GT-R."
With top bragging rights on the line, we doubt is the last we'll hear on the subject from Porsche or Nissan.