Nissan GT-R NISMO Sets World Drifting Speed Record
Supercar tuned to thrash existing drifting speed record by more than 80km/h.
GT-R NISMO hits 304km/h at 30 degrees
A Nissan GT-R NISMO set a Guinness World Record for the fastest drift at 304.96km/h at Fujairah International Airport, in the United Arab Emirates. GReddy Trust “tuned” the supercar so that Masato Kawabata - the Japanese Drifting Champion – had the best chance of drifting at 30 degrees faster than the record of 218km/h.
GT-R MY16 had a 4.0-litre, 1,380hp, petrol engine, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight wheels and tyres specifically constructed for the purpose. Nissan said: “The car was set-up for agility while maintaining stability and confidence inspiring handling characteristics; essential when performing such challenging feats”.
GT-R video highlights record breaking exploits
Nissan released a video showcasing its exploits. It opened with the vehicle emerging from a wooden crate and the suggestion that: “Every now and then a car that defies every rule is born”. It then made its way through an urban environment to an empty, 3km, runway.
The drifting champion started the engine and cruised, slowly, to the start position. He then released the vehicle’s immense power, accelerated to a maximum speed of 350km/h, then threw it into a drift at record breaking speed. “Winning is in our DNA”, Nissan argued - as it showed footage of its numerous motor sport triumphs.
World record “incredibly difficult”, Nissan explained
Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan in the Middle East, claimed: “Nissan promises 'Innovation That Excites’ and by setting this incredibly difficult world record we have taken this commitment to the next level.” Mr Cherfan continued: ”The MY16 Nissan GT-R NISMO is 1 of the world’s most iconic supercars (and proves) time and again the incredible breadth of its capabilities.”
Mr Cherfan thanked airport personnel too. He revealed: “Fujairah International Airport was a perfect fit for this world record attempt - and the enormous levels of support we received from every level was invaluable. We had to set up a workshop in 1 of the airport’s hangars, and had just 5 days to get everything ready”.
Nissan GT-R NISMO production form specification
The GT-R NISMO is available in production form with a 3.8-litre V6, 550hp, petrol engine that produces 632Nm of torque at 3,200rpm. Expect 0–62mph in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 196mph (315km/h). Power is sent to all 4 wheels via 6-speed auto transmission, and gears can be chosen manually via paddles behind the steering wheel.
Standard equipment includes a screen that incorporates a g-force monitor and stopwatch that emphasises its sporting credentials. This coupé also has: Bluetooth, a reversing camera, key-less entry, BOSE stereo (with 11 speakers and noise cancellation), tyre pressure monitor plus automatic headlamps. Prices start at £88,580.