The new Nissan GT-R will be a genuine crowd-pleaser at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The iconic supercar has been significantly enhanced to keep it where it belongs – on the ‘most wanted’ list of car fans around the world – and will be out to greet its adoring public this weekend (23-26 June).
Leading the charge up the famous Goodwood Hill Climb will be Brit NISMO driver Jann Mardenborough, who is returning to an event where his ‘legend’ status is already confirmed. In June 2014 the gamer-turned-racer shattered the all-time production car record for the 1.16-mile track, when his Nissan GT-R NISMO Time Attack car crossed the line in 49.27 seconds.
This year Mardenborough will be piloting the new 2017 Nissan GT-R, which has benefited from significant enhancements in key areas. Power from the 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo engine has been hiked to 570PS, while a number of dynamic changes have made its performance more refined than ever. The most obvious upgrade to the cabin, which has a more sophisticated and premium feel to it, while the exterior styling has been enhanced front and rear to provide a more contemporary look.
Thousands of Festival guests will have their chance to get close to the Mardenborough experience – by sitting in the passenger seat of the new GT-R while he gives them the thrill ride of their lives in the virtual world. Nissan has created the world’s first 4D VR driving simulator, using the latest Samsung Gear VR headsets and state-of-the-art dynamic chairs. Up to 15 guests at a time will be on board as the Welsh race ace puts the iconic GT-R through its paces.
Back in the real world, another record breaker will be burning rubber for Festival guests with the Guinness World Record-holding GT-R NISMO. In April this year, the car broke the record for the fastest ever drift – a 30 degree angle at a staggering 304.96 km/h or 189.5mph. Nissan’s long-time partner on the project is Motul, worldwide specialist of high-performance lubricants. Motul developed and supplied NISMO competition oil to optimise performance of the drift car.
Also on display will be the Nissan GT-R drone – one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world. Custom-built for a Silverstone head-to-head race with the new GT-R,it can hit 62mph in just 1.3 seconds. See a film of the battle by visiting the Nissan stand.