SIBERIA, Russia – Russian race driver Roman Rusinov and auto journalist Andrey Leontjev pushed the Nissan GT-R across a frozen Lake Baikal, setting a new national speed ice driving record of 294.8 kph (183 mph).
The speed record on ice was a joint project of Nissan in Russia and LAV Productions company, taking place at Small Sea Strait – part of the Baikal water area between western coast and Ol’khon isle. The Nissan GT-R 2012 model year used winter non-studded Bridgestone tires.
The length of the track was divided into an acceleration part – 3.5 km, timekeeping part – 1 km, and breaking area – 3.5 km. The driving attempts were fixed and evaluated by a specially-created committee of the Russian Automotive Federation, and also a group of four judges from Yaroslavl, Omsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow. The car starts from standing position and develops maximum speed on the distance of 1000 meters (1 km). RAF fixes average speed on this route.
The 540-horsepower GT-R production car had no modifications, running the 3.8-liter, V6 engine on the frozen surface of the world’s deepest lake in southern Siberia, with a result for the history books. Enjoy this video of their record ice escapade.
For more photos of the Nissan GT-R on Lake Baikal, check out our photo gallery.
Take a look at some of the behind-the-scene production shots here.
Arthur St. Antoine, from Motor Trend, recently wrote a review on his experiences with driving the 2010 Nissan GT-R. What he came to find was that the GT-R was more than just your average sports car – it was your ‘everything’ car!
After Antoine drove the GT-R for roughly 13 months/28,000 miles, and spent $4,500 in maintenance and normal wear costs, he found that the GT-R was just as low-maintenance as the Nissan Sentra. Can’t complain about that?! At the same time, he found that the GT-R has the ability to, “eat miles at speeds that would leave most cars breathless” and be, “…relentlessly insistent…eager at all times to go fast” (Antoine).
In Antoine’s opinion the GT-R’s greatest achievement is the fact that, “It doesn’t have to driven hard to be appealing. It’ll roll around town running errands with our embarrassing you by throwing a Supercar Hissy Fit”. Can you say, ‘Jack Of All Trades’? Who doesn’t want to have a car that will: go fast, make people’s jaws drop, and be easy to drive, comfortable to sit in and low-maintenance? The 2010 Nissan GT-R is certainly, first and foremost, a Supercar, but it is also an ‘everything’ car. It can go from the track to the mall with no problems – and that is why we love it!
Some of the 2010 Nissan GT-R Specs:
- Twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 engine
- Cast-aluminum block
- Dual overhead cams with variable intake timing
- 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
- Top speed = 190 mph
- Dual-clutch, 6-speed paddle-shift transmission
- W/ driver-configurable modes based on road conditions and driving requirements
- Shift in as little as 2-tenths of a second
- Nissan’s advanced ATTESA ET-S all-wheel drive system
- Rear-wheel drive bias during normal conditions
- 50/50 drive when things get slippery
- World’s first independent rear-mount transaxle & integrated AWD transfer case
- Helps to create an optimal 54/46 front to rear weight distribution
- 15-inch vented disc brakes
- 20-inch aluminum wheels
- Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System
- GPS, voice recognition
- 7-inch high-resolution color-LCD touch-screen display
- Rear spoiler
- Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition
- Power doors and keys
- Leather-appointed front seats with synthetic suede inserts
- 8-way power driver’s seat
- French-stitched leather-trimmed dashboard, console and doors
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Leather-wrapped magnesium paddle shifters
- Leather-wrapped gearshift knob and parking brake lever
- 9.3GB Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback
- In-dash compact flash card reader for MP3/WMA playback
- Speed-sensitive volume control
- Steering wheel-mounted audio controls and XM Satellite Radio
- Antilock brakes for all four wheels using the Nissan/Brembo Braking System
- Front, side and head airbags
- Electronic Traction Control System
- Vehicle Immobilizer System
- Vehicle Security System
Nissan have been talking about a new model for 2013, but would you believe us if we said that it would be a GT-R Hybrid. This vehicle is rumored to pump out a huge amount of power, but will offer great fuel-efficiency at the same time.The Nissan GT-R Hybrid 2013 will push out more than 600 horsepower, add to that a much lighter car and you are left with a vehicle that offers between 25-30mpg on the highway. The hybrid-powered Nissan GT-R is a rumor till now, but we believes that it is a real possibility now. It is thought that the new hybrid model will still use the current V6 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine, but will come with an electric motor for a performance boast. The concept model shows that the 2013 Nissan GT-R Hybrid will be much lighter than the current model, but how can it with the extra weight from that electric motor and the batteries? We are sure that Nissan will be looking at all the numbers, making sure that the new model will be just as light while offering more power. The price could be the real problem for Nissan though, as it is expected to start from $100,000.
The hybrid option is the most feasible of all the rumors pertaining to the future of the GT-R. That Nissan showcased a high-performance hybrid in the Infiniti Essence is a fact (the Essence was built atop the GT-R platform), and with reports of Porsche also toying with the idea of a hybrid-powered 911, it would be natural for Mizuno and Nissan to entertain thoughts about a hybrid option. The Essence showcar’s hybrid system consisted of the G37’s 3.7-liter V6, whose output was raised to 440 horsepower with the help of twin turbochargers. This was combined with a 160-hp electric motor, bringing the grand total to 600 hp. For the GT-R, Nissan would go with the 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V6 (VR38DETT) with the same electric motor used for the Essence. The target output would also be 600 hp (440 hp from the gasoline engine and 160 from the electric motor). That means the hybrid GT-R would boast more than 100 hp more than the current GT-R, while fuel economy would improve to roughly 25-30 mpg. And because it’s a GT-R, we’re also told that all-wheel drive will still be part of the package.
Nissan boldly says the performance will increase over the current-generation GT-R (R35). Nissan’s goal for the hybrid GT-R is for it to be just as quick as the current car — despite that curb weight increase — while boasting much better fuel economy.GT-R. A quick look at the car’s specifications will reveal just how similar the cars are, from their twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines’ output, all-wheel-drive layout and of course, lap times around the Nürburgring. Today, the economic climate is far different than before, and now comes word that Mizuno-san may be changing his thinking about the future direction of the next-generation GT-R. We expect the Hybrid GT-R’s price tag to be around $100,000 with an expected debut of 2012 as a 2013 model.
It must be sweet for Ghosn who championed the GT-R when Nissan was in dire financial trouble. And trumping Chevrolet‘s double-barrel announcements last week regarding the Corvette ZR1‘s outrageous 638-hp output and its 205-mph top speed, doesn’t hurt either.
But wait, didn’t we quote Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter as saying that the ZR1 “will be able to take the production-car track record at any racetrack”? Yes, we did. What we didn’t mention was that in the same interview, Juechter said that, while the company didn’t yet have a full-production ZR1 to test at Nürburgring’s old track, he confidently predicted the super-Vette would do the deed in “Seven minutes, twenty-something seconds.”
Hey, is that a gauntlet we see there on the ground? Anyone care to pick that up? (We’re looking directly at you, Chevy.)