Nissan GT-R Chief Engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno has revealed his intentions to have the model nicknamed "Godzilla" set a new Nürburgring lap record for a street-legal production vehicle.
Speaking with The Truth About Cars, Mizuno said the updated model can lap the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 18 seconds which is more than 8 seconds faster than its old 7:26:70 record time from 2009. This is a few ticks slower than the Dodge Viper ACR, which posted a time of 7:12:13, but Mizuno feels confident about the GT-R's chances as he explained “There is quite a bit of margin in those 7 minutes and 18 seconds.”
Mizuno went on to say the GT-R Nismo GT3 can lap the 'ring in less than seven minutes, but he wants to use a standard production model because that's what customers drive. He also said cars like the Radical SR8LM don't deserve to be on the Nürburgring lap record list because "a car that needs its engine rebuilt after a few hours is no production car."