A lot of people were probably wondering why Nissan didn’t take its entry in this year’s Nürbugring 24 Hours race a little more ‘seriously’. While manufacturers like Audi and Mercedes-Benz brought their latest and most capable race cars to the world’s most gruelling endurance race, Nissan showed up in a road-spec version of the R35 GT-R running only minor modifications to help it cope with the stresses of a 24-hour race. Why not enter something like the GT3 version of the R35? Simple, the race was to serve as an experience for the whole GT-R’s development team, lead by Mizuno-san, preparing them for the next step in the car’s development. Hit play and relive what the team went through.
-Dino Dalle Carbonare
Too bad Carlos Ghosn hasn't even approved R36 development yet and there is uncertainty as to whether or not it will even be built. http://www.insideline.com/nissan/gt-r/next-generation-nissan-gt-r-might-not-happen.html
Thats one hell of a shakedown test. I love seeing a company pushing their product to breaking point, learning what works and what doesnt, then using that data to make the car better for future models. Just being able to finish the race with a close to stock car is a testament to the engineering quality the GT-R development has had.
Racing improves the breed...
There are only so much simulators can do, as it looks like some of the engineers found out. Good on them for giving it a crack though, I don't see many other companies doing things this way.
@worker bee Hence why they hinted that the R35 will be developed for a further 5 years?
@grandtouring I am just wondering what could possibly be next for this car. I mean it pretty much annihilates everything out on the road, what will they be looking at next?
@speedhunters_dino Hope they produce a R36 and make it lighter and sleeker.