Having set the lap record for a volume production car, Nissan considers the Nürburgring to be its adopted second home. The Nissan GT-R Nismo road car completed the lap of the ‘Green Hell’ in just 7 minutes 8.679 seconds.
And now it’s planning a return to the famous German circuit by entering three Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3s in the gruelling Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race in June.
Nissan’s line-up of drivers includes Michael Krumm, the man responsible for setting the lap record, along with former F1 driver and current GT Academy Germany judge, Nick Heidfeld. He will be joined by Florian Strauss, the most recent GT Academy Germany winner, who will be competing in only the fourth international race of his career.
Nick Heidfeld is unsurprisingly enthusiastic about teaming up with the latest Academy graduate, saying:
“To be team-mates with Florian, who I helped select as the 2013 winner of the GT Academy competition, is quite incredible and is a great chance for me to continue the mentoring process with him at the Nordschleife.”
An event such as the Nürburgring 24 Hours gives Nissan the opportunity to re-establish the GT-R’s link with the circuit and the news comes fresh following the unveiling of the new Nissan GT-R Nismo.
Darren Cox, global head of brand, marketing and sales, Nismo, said:
“To compete at the Nordschleife will be a very proud moment for everyone involved as we think about the long line of road specifications GT-Rs and now the GT-R Nismo that have grown up there. It is important to show our fans and customers again that there is a cross over between road cars and race cars development at Nissan.”
The Nürburgring 24 Hours race is held on the 21-22 June 2014.