Nissan GT-R sets new records

  • Fastest production car round Nurburgring
  • Car also has record waiting list
  • 1000 Brits want one – but they may have to wait
Nissan's latest supercar, the GT-R, is setting new records on and off the track.

It has just become the fastest production car to lap the notorious 13-mile Nurburgring circuit in Germany, while the queue of people wanting to buy one in the UK now stretches to an unprecedented two years.

The GT-R is a two-plus-two coupe, with power coming from a 480bhp twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine that drives all four wheels through a six-speed, twin-clutch paddle-shift gearbox.

In the hands of test driver Tochio Suzuki, it has just lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 29 seconds, beating the long-standing previous record, held by a Porsche 911 GT2, by three seconds.

The record-breaking GT-R was a standard production model running on normal road tyres.

In the UK, more than 1000 people have now put down a £3500 deposit for one. The total European order bank, including the UK, is only 1400.

With the £52,900 car not due in this country until March 2009, it means that some people could be waiting until 2011 to get their hands on what they have bought.
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