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Drivers Republic Talk to Simon Croft on the European GT-R SpecV at Geneva

March 12, 2009 Comments off

Drivers Republic attended the Geneva Motorshow recently to catch up with Simon Croft, European Marketing Manager for the Nissan GT-R, on the SpecV. They got to checkout the almost-production European specification SpecV and ask all the really tricky warranty type questions.

Good video, I sat through it to the end which is a change for me.

Link: Drivers Republic: Inside Geneva Nissan GT-R SpecV in Detail

PS. People behind firewalls (at work for example) may not get this video to work as it requires port 1935 to be open for the streaming video.

Driver’s Republic Feature: Nissan GT-R vs. Porsche 911 GT2 at Nürburgring

November 22, 2008 Comments off

Driver’s Republic has gone to Germany to attempt to answer some questions about the GT-R’s laptime and Porsche’s claim of cheating. Armed with a Nissan GT-R and a Porsche 911 GT2 they put them to the test on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Experienced Nürburgring race driver Chris Harris piloted both cars around the same track back to back on the same days to wring the best laptime he could out of both. Track conditions were fairly poor really. partially damp and very cold (7°C) and using the inferior tires on the GT-R, he managed a 7m55s lap.

Porsche’s claim that given their own driver in their own GT-R they could not manage better than 7.54. So let me get this straight, Drivers Republic can manage the same time on a partially wet track with the less sticky Bridgestone tires? One must then wonder if Porsche really tried to emulate the Nissan test conditions at all before making their accusation?

Anyway let’s not spoil the whole thing by getting into an internet argument about it because we all know how grown up they always turn out. Lot’s of data and a full online article, beautifully presented as usual, over at Drivers Republic. When you’re done reading it, they’ve also got the full videos of the Porsche and GT-R laps on Driver’s Republic TV.

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Drivers Republic Competition – Win a GT-R Drive at Nurburgring

October 15, 2008 Comments off


Drivers Republic
is giving readers a chance at winning a spot at the Nissan GT-R Race Academy event at Nurburgring on October 27th. This event is normally only open to Nissan Europe customers with a Nissan GT-R on order but one lucky entrant will be invited to participate.

The event includes driver training in the GT-R and wet grip surface training as well. Later you’ll be given drift training in a Nissan 350z and also participate in some timed sprints against the other participants in the training.

To enter, check out the post over on drivers-republic.com and enter via email answering the question listed there on page two of the article. The competition is open to ALL Drivers Republic readers irrespective of where you’re from or if you are a member.

Entries close SOON though so GET clicking and be in the running. Don’t forget to note that the winner must get themselves to Nurburg, Germany but after that you’re covered.

Link: Drivers Republic
Link: Drivers Republic: Win a place in the final Nissan Race Academy event

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Drivers Republic: GT-R vs. Porsche 911 PDK vs. Audi R8 vs. Aston Vantage 4.7

August 9, 2008 Comments off

Drivers Republic has published their much anticipated article on the new Nissan GT-R as they put it to the test against some serious machines. Is the latest Porsche innovation, the PDK equipped 911, a match for the GT-R? Read on and find out suffice to say another glowing positive review of the GT-R in the context of some high class competition.

Thanks to Chuck from NAGTROC for the link.

Link: Drivers Republic – GT-R vs. Porsche 911 PDK vs. Audi R8 vs. Aston Vantage 4.7

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The 7:29 Story – Interview With Tochio Suzuki

May 20, 2008 Comments off

The Nissan GT-R’s recent amazing Nurburgring laptime was set by chief Nissan test driver Tochio Suzuki. Drivers Republic recently caught up with Suzuki-san at the Nissan event at Estoril, Portugal for a chat on how the GT-R drove on that fateful day back in April.

The article has a couple of great bits of information like:

‘This time was set on a totally standard car, just like a customer will get. For us ‘Time Attack’ must be repeatable in a customer car. No special brake pads or cut-slick tyres – everything was standard GTR.’ The time, set on April 8th, was achieved on the Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST tyre that is standard on the basic GTR (i.e. non Premium or ‘Black’ spec, which both have Bridgestone RE070R tyres). The Dunlop is a little noisier and not quite as good in the wet as the RE070R, but in the dry it’s worth 4-5 seconds around the ‘Ring.

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Mizuno also showed journalists the data trace for the 7.29 lap which goes to show how comitted Suzuki-san was to that lap – twice reaching 290 kph and averaging 1.3 lateral G in turns. Suzuki-san goes on to predict the V-Spec will lap 10 seconds faster than the 7.29 base model GT-R mostly due to a more aggressive tire.

Head on over to their website to read the full article although signup is required to view the pics.

Source: Drivers-Republic.com via CBA-R35 Blog

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