By Mike Torpey on 2011-12-09 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Sharper edge for
NISSAN has developed a new version of its lightning fast GT-R - for drivers who want an extra edge on the race track.
Called ‘Track Pack', this new version of the GT-R offers a harder edge, yet remains fully road legal.
The Track Pack is easily identified by lightweight six-spoke RAYS alloy wheels with gloss black painted centres.
And the brakes behind are cooled by additional ducts built into the front bumper to reduce the operating temperature of the front discs by as much as 100 degrees during track use, improving the stopping performance.
Similar ducts, hidden behind the rear wheels, channel cooling air over the rear discs.
To reflect the GT-R's harder edge, Nissan's engineers have revised the suspension springs for track use, though the dampers are adjustable for more comfort when the car is being used on the road.
Inside, the Recaro front seats are trimmed with blue bolsters plus a high grip material to help keep the driver in place during hard cornering and braking, while the rear seats have been removed to save weight.
A ‘Track Pack' emblem on the centre console identifies this model as a special GT-R, even though its engine is the same as the regular 2012 model, which means 550PS of power and a 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds.
The Track Pack adds £10,000 to the £74,450 list price of the standard GT-R and first deliveries are expected in March.
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