August Achleitner, product chief for the storied 911 range, told the Australian CARSGuide that such a time was impossible with a stock car.
“This wonder with 7:29 could not have been a regular series production car,” he said.; “What we can imagine with this Nissan is they used other tires.”
His statement isn’t just the product of German bravado, it’s reportedly the product of back-to-back testing.; Achleitner said engineers purchased a stock GT-R with “new tires,” and ran it around the ‘Ring alongside new Porsches.
The results?; We don’t have the specifics, as one of Porsche’s cars was the forthcoming Panamera, but we’re told the Germans were unable to meet the time set by Toshio Suzuki.; Engineers concluded that, unless racing slicks were used, the GT-R couldn’t produce such a lap on the Green Hell.
Though Achleitner says he doesn’t “want to make anything bad” with his words, this is a gauntlet slap across Nissan’s jaw.; We expect a response from Tokyo in the near future…