Nissan has announced their GT-R Development Team will contest this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours race in Germany with a production-version GT-R (Club Track Edition). Nissan says the reason for this is to collect data which will be used to improve the GT-R as it evolves over the next five years.

That sounds nice, but who are they trying to fool? This is about bragging rights.

Reading between the lines of a press statement, it says, "Nissan will assess its endurance capability in the toughest environment (24 hour race) at the world's toughest circuit (Nordschleife) against strong competitors-European sports/super car manufacturers' factory racing cars."

Nissan wants to see if they can embarrass the competition running race prepped vehicles as opposed to their "off the showroom floor" GT-R.

Even in the single press image that was attached to this announcement, the GT-R is not prominently shown but instead a shot of the local heros from the N24 last year.

Racing at the Nurburgring 24H last year for the first time, a race prepped GT-R by Schulze Motorsport won the SP 8T class and finished 36th overall.

This year the Nurburgring 24 Hours takes place from May 17-20.

Gallery: Standard production Nissan GT-R to compete in Nurburgring 24 Hours [video]

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