Taking first prize in a beauty contest with no other contestants, is not the most noble of victories. I fact it's downright dubious, but in Nissan's case – they'll take it any which way they can.

11 minutes, 58 seconds and zero emissions is the how Nissan describes their record setting run on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. At first, this seems like an accomplishment, but when the obvious question emerges, “Who held the record previously?” - the answer is a bit embarrassing.

Taking first prize in a beauty contest with no other contestants is not the most noble of victories. In fact it's downright dubious, but in Nissan's case – they'll take it any which way they can.

Nonetheless, the challenge is set, and it's only a matter of time until the second fuel cell powered contender comes along and knocks the lonesome Nissan FCV off its self appointed perch.

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