Video: Nissan GT-R Spec-V Goes up in Flames at Nurburgring
Porsche might be in the middle of a heated debate over its 911 GT3, with owners asking financial compensation while the sports cars are under recall over fire risks, but the German manufacturer isn’t the only one to see its vehicle go up in flames.
More recently, a Nissan GT-R, also praised for its road and track performance, caught fire while doing what it knows best — lapping the Nurburgring course. The incident occurred during a track day event, when the driver noticed smoke coming out of the vehicle’s right front side, apparently due to overheated breaks, pulled over and jumped right out.
The track fire team arrived just in time to extinguish the flames and prevent an explosion, but it was a little too late for the GT-R Spec-V, which had sustained enough damage to put it beyond repair. The incident is rather peculiar, as the GT-R Spec-V was developed with track performance in mind, being fitted with numerous carbon-fiber parts, including brake ducts.
Seeing a vehicle burn on a race course or a public road is far from being amusing, but we can’t help notice how the driver - most likely the owner of the vehicle - was trying to take snapshots while the GT-R’s front end was melting under the extreme heat.
Will this occurrence open a can of worms for Nissan? Not very likely as it seems we just witnessed an isolated event. However, we’ll be on the lookout for follow ups on this story.
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