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Be very afraid of the Nismo-zilla


THE much-anticipated Nissan GT-R Nismo will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, which starts on 4 March. The Nismo will be the fastest GT-R yet and takes many features from Nissan’s racing department and incorporates them into becoming a road-going weapon.

It was developed at the infamous Nürburgring. It managed at 7:08 lap time around the Green Hell, making it the current production-car lap record holder.

To achieve this kind of lap time, the vehicle’s mechanicals had to be upgraded. The chassis, for example, now employs Bilstein Damptronic dampers at both the front and rear and have been tuned for track driving. There are even specially made Nismo tyres to offer the best possible grip. With track driving in mind, the aerodynamics had to be addressed by using computational fluid dynamics, which is a fancy way of saying the engineers used a computer to analyse drag and downforce levels until they were optimised.

The result of the research sees the Nismo gain a new front bumper, engine undercover strake as well as a carbon-fibre rear spoiler. These aerodynamic tweaks provide an extra 100kg of downforce at 300km/h.

There is now a massive 442kW and 652Nm provided by the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine. Power is up thanks to higher flow turbochargers as seen on the racing variants, along with individual ignition timing for each cylinder and an improved fuel pump.

The interior has also received the Nismo treatment, with carbon-fibre-back Recaro racing seats, an Alcantara-clad steering wheel and Nismo accents throughout, including on the red tachometer.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in the same colours as the regular GT-R, with the addition of a Nismo-exclusive Dark Matte Grey.

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