Video: Nismo GT-R Passes 18 Cars in One Lap

The R32 GT-R had a good run amongst the established marques back in Group A racing of the late eighties and early nineties, but how does the most current generation of the GT-R fare in professional circuit racing?

Quite well. Retaining the street version’s VR38DETT engine, Nismo’s GT-R GT3 boasts 550 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 470 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 RPM, and feeds that power through a Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox. Best of all, all that propels a car that’s been stripped down to a respectable 2,800 pounds. Respectable isn’t really sufficient in this case, considering how the standard GT-R weights in at nearly two tons.

Massive 330-section tires adorn all four corners, which, when coupled to Öhlins TTX-dampers, give the FR rocket the grip it needs, and AP Racing brakes with a sophisticated Bosch ABS system give it a dependable stopping force for last-minute maneuvers, as are often needed in the fights that GT racing is famous for.

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Buncombe gives a masterclass in wheel-to-wheel dicing. Photo credit: Nissan Motorsports

At Monza’s front straight, courageous late-braking and an intimate understanding of the hefty GT-R’s proportions allow Al Buncombe to slither through the field after a brilliant start. Pushing through the competition with the drivetrain’s torque and closely-stacked gears, a bit of drafting is in order before he wisely leaves a gap to the pack in front which expands and contracts like a slinky. Fighting tooth-and-nail for those few available inches of real estate, Buncombe takes the bit in his mouth, brakes as late as possible, and finishes off his last victim in a historic first lap. 

 

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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