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2013 Nissan GT-R set to better 7:18 Nurburgring testing time

Yes, it was only a matter of time before someone asked. Nissan is going to take the new 2013 Nissan GT-R to the Nurburgring and try and reset the record books.

As it stands, the 2011 Nissan GT-R sits on the leader board for production street-legal vehicles with a time of 7:24.

Kazutoshi Mizuno, Nissan’s engineer boss, has just revealed in a The Truth about Cars report that the new 2013 model can lap the famous circuit in 7:18. The time was achieved during internal testing.

It’s understood Nissan will be aiming to cut that time down even further with a more official time trial lap.¬†Mizuno said,

“The car definitely has potential. There is quite a bit of margin in those 7 minutes 18 seconds.”

According to the unofficial Wiki lap times page, the quickest car to lap the circuit is the Radical SR8 LM with a time of 6:48. However, the car is only just considered as a street-legal production car. “A car that needs its engine rebuilt after a few hours is no production car,” Mizuno said.

Will the new and improved and even quicker 2013 GT-R – capable of 0-100km/h in just 2.7 seconds (down from 2.8) – be able to knock the next-closest ‘real’ production car off the board, the Gumpert Apollo Sport (7:11.57)? Or even the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition (7:14.64)?

We’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.