Spike TVWinners and Losers of 2008.
The western world had been waiting literally decades to get our own Skyline, and we finally did, the R35 Nissan GT-R. And it was worth the wait. With twin turbo V6 making a notoriously underrated 480hp and some of the most advanced technologies available in the automotive market today, the GT-R showed up the Porsche 911 GT-2, the reigning king of Germany’s Nürburgring, by breaking the Porsche’s lap record - for half the price. And with the brand new 2009 370Z already receiving accolades from motoring press around the world, Nissan’s performance division is really hitting their stride right now.
Not only do they have Nissan in the winners list, they have Porsche on the Losers list because of their try at running a GT-R at Nurburgring.
It's been a rough year in Stuttgart. First, they tried to take Nissan to task by stating that their GT-R's Nürburgring time was doctored, and that Porsche's own race drivers could only achieve 7:54 with the Japanese supercar - about twenty seconds slower than both a 911 Turbo and a 911 GT2. Nissan responded by suggesting that Porsche just put down the GT-R before they hurt themselves, and take some driving lessons:
We are aware that several automakers have purchased the GT-R for their own testing and evaluation. We would welcome the opportunity to help any auto manufacturer with understanding the full capabilities of the GT-R.
Then Nissan went back to the 'Ring and ran the same lap a second time. Sorry Porsche, it's true. The GT-R is faster. Deal with it. You just look like jackasses now.