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Car & Driver: Lightning Lap 2008

September 26, 2008

Time for Car and Driver’s much anticipated Lightning Lap 2008. This is one test that quite a few car enthusiasts world wide were looking forward to and one they were hoping their favourite would whoop the GT-R in.

If you’re not familiar with the Lightning Lap yet, it’s a test held each year at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in controlled conditions designed to discover which cars offer the best combination of power, handling, braking and fun while driving.

Well, perhaps unsurprisingly by now, the GT-R was amazing in terms of pure speed. Managing the fastest lap of any car wearing road rubber (not R Compounds) only 1 second behind the Ferrari 430 Scuderia with R-Compounds!. Overall it was 4th behind the Mosler, Viper ACR and Ferrari Scuderia.

Looking back and, while you can’t really compare year vs. year, it’s plain to see the GT-R makes extremely stiff competition for the Corvette Z06. Besting it’s 2007 lap time by more than 2 seconds. Z06 fans we’re pretty confident that the powerful Z06 would certainly overcome the GT-R at VIR but…

Results table below:

Link: Car & Driver: The Lightning Lap 2008
Link: Lightning Lap 2008: 2009 Nissan GT-R Page

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