Published on April 29th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Nissan GT-R To Assault Nurburgring 24 Hours
Nissan yesterday announced that it is bringing back the Nissan GT-R to the Nordschleife with an assault on the 2014 Nurburgring 24 Hours. The event, held on 21-22 June, is one of the toughest endurance races in the world, providing the ultimate test of man and machine as they compete on the daunting Nurburgring Nordschleife.
The Nordschleife is the scene of many Nissan road car time attacks over the years, the latest of which saw the new Nissan GT-R NISMO road car complete a lap in just 7 minutes 8.679 seconds. This record time for a volume production car once again stated the giant-killing performance of the latest iteration of the Nissan GT-R and Nissan’s continued long-term commitment to developing its performance models at the ‘Ring. Behind the wheel for the record-breaking lap was Michael Krumm who of course features in Nissan’s line-up for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
Nissan and NISMO have assembled a varied group of top racers from its global stable for its first official assault on the event in recent years. Leading the charge will be a two-car entry from Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, which will be run in conjunction with NISMO Factory engineers from Japan and a further GT-R entered by Schulze Motorsport.
GT Academy Germany Judge, Nick Heidfeld, will race the No.80 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, numbered to celebrate Nissan’s 80th year. He will team up with the most recent GT Academy Germany winner, Florian Strauss, who was chosen by Nick to make the transition from virtual to reality just eight months ago. Florian will be glad to be racing with his mentor at the Nurburgring as this will be only the fourth international race of his career. Nick and Florian will be joined by the two men who know the GT3 GT-R better than most: another GT Academy graduate, Lucas Ordonez, and Alex Buncombe.