The Truth About Cars » 24 Hours Nürburgring http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:01:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » 24 Hours Nürburgring http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Nissan Brings The GT-R Back To The Ring, Pits Nerds Against Race Car Drivers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/nissan-brings-the-gt-r-back-to-the-ring-pits-nerds-against-race-car-drivers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/nissan-brings-the-gt-r-back-to-the-ring-pits-nerds-against-race-car-drivers/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:11:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438142 Not to have another stab at the best “production, street-legal” Nordschleife lap time.  That’s not why they are trading the chilly Eifel for balmy Yokohama. Allegedly, Nissan does not want to work on the 7:24:22 lap time. Instead, says GT-R program director Kazutaka Mizuno: “We want to try something new this year. Just as important as […]

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Not to have another stab at the best “production, street-legal” Nordschleife lap time.  That’s not why they are trading the chilly Eifel for balmy Yokohama. Allegedly, Nissan does not want to work on the 7:24:22 lap time.

Instead, says GT-R program director Kazutaka Mizuno:

We want to try something new this year. Just as important as performance improvement is, we must be confident about the reliability and durability of the car. This is the reason we chose to enter the 24 Hours Nürburgring: to perform harsher endurance tests for future performance improvements.”

That’s not the really new part. The truly new part is that the GT-R won’t be piloted by professional Nismo racers, but exclusively by members of the GT-R engineering team. Let’s see how that works out.

Here is some intentional (or not) intrigue: The GT-R’s best Nordschleife time stands at 7:24:22. However, Mizuno-san says in the video:

“From the 2007 model’s lap time of 7 minutes 38 seconds, this car achieves one lap of the Nordschleife in around 7 minutes 20 seconds.”

Something better than 7:20 would bring the GT-R back into the game. I’m sure the new Viper will be back. Possibly, Lexus could want to celebrate the 500th and last LF-A  with something better than 7:14. And while everybody is at the Ring anyway …

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Akio Toyoda Avoids Nordschleife http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/akio-toyoda-avoids-nordschleife/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/akio-toyoda-avoids-nordschleife/#comments Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:52:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349245 Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is a regular Japanese guy: Shy in public, but blogging on his computer every day. Using the handle “Morizou,” he blogs about his love for sports cars and auto racing on Gazoo.com, which he founded in 1998, if Todayonline has it right. Akio Toyoda is also an avid racer. His  appearances […]

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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is a regular Japanese guy: Shy in public, but blogging on his computer every day. Using the handle “Morizou,” he blogs about his love for sports cars and auto racing on Gazoo.com, which he founded in 1998, if Todayonline has it right. Akio Toyoda is also an avid racer. His  appearances at the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race in a Lexus LFA are legend. He is chickening out!

Akio a.k.a. Morizou went on-line, apologized to his loyal readers at Gazoo.com for the recall and broke the news that “unfortunately this year Morizou will not race at the Nürburgring.”

Team GAZOO Racing will be part of the line-up. They will send seven drivers and a large pit crew. But no Morizou behind the wheel.  Ueeeeeen! (which is Japanese for “Waaaaaah”.)  Come on, Morizou, we need you. Or do you want the LFA race by itself?

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