Records are always meant to be broken. It’s just that some take longer than others. That’s a nice tenet to hold on to when talking about a recent record-breaking lap time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed involving the Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack. The Japanese supercar not only made an incredible impression at Goodwood, but it also stamped its authority on the event’s existing supercar record lap time by completely obliterating it.
The record-setting lap time was set at the event’s Michelin Supercar run. 2011 GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, was behind the wheel of the GT-R Time Attack when it set the blistering lap time of 49.27 seconds, beating out the Noble M600 for the record lap.That’s an incredible achievement for a young man whose only racing experience came in the form of video games.
Making Mardenborough’s lap time all the more impressive was how he was able to navigate the GT-R Time Attack to a faster lap time than some pretty incredible supercars driven by the likes of former F1 drivers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan.
None of them did.
Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo ‘Time Attack’.
Why It Matters
We don’t know what’s more impressive. The Nissan GT-R Time Attack besting some of the fastest and most powerful supercars in the world or that Jann Mardenborough was at the helm of the record-setting Godzilla.
Both deserve our applause, but we also recognize talent when it manifests itself in front of the world. Well done, Jann Mardenborough! That’s how you make a name for yourself as an up-and-coming race car driver.
Every year, Nissan rolls out updates for the GT-R R35. For 2015, Nissan rolled out minor changes to the exterior and interior while also doing some work on Godzilla’s suspension system, reducing the load fluctuation between the four wheels, helping the tires keep firmly planted on the ground.
The engine remains unchanged from the 2014 model, which means that Godzilla still carries a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that produces 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque, good enough to allow the GT-R to hit 60 mph just three seconds to go with a top speed of 196 mph.
The U.S.-spec GT-R consists of a base model that comes in at $101,770 and a "Black Edition" retailing at $111,510.