First, Nissan’s being questioned about how legitimate its 480 hp rating is for its GT-R super car.
Now Porsche is accusing the Japanese automaker of cheating on its Nurburgring lap times.
From a report in Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper, Porsche says it took a standard GT-R, running on regular road tires, and ran it around the Nurburgring's Nordschleife circuit in arguably the fairest conditions: within two hours of its own cars, on the same day with exactly the same weather conditions.
They couldn’t come within 25 seconds of Nissan's claimed record time of seven minutes 29 seconds in April.
"This wonder [GT-R] car with 7:29 could not have been a regular series production car," says August Achleitner, the 911 product chief for Porsche, speaking at the Australian press preview of the latest 911 Cabrio.
"For us, it's not clear how this time is possible. What we can imagine with this Nissan is they used other tires."
With no tweaking of any kind, Porsche’s GT2 and Turbo both ran on regular Porsche road tires, the Michelin Sport Cup. Both ended up quicker than the GT-R.
Porsche says the GT-R lapped at 7 minutes 54 seconds, with the 911 Turbo managed 7:38 and the GT2 7:34.
Achleitner believes the time achieved by Nissan with ex-Formula One driver Toshio Suzuki would only be possible with a semi-slick race-style tire.
"The Nissan is a good car. I don't want to make anything bad with my words," he says. "It's a very consistent car. But this car is about 20 kilos heavier than the Turbo . . ."
In the end, Porsche believes its testing has achieved the right lap times for the GT-R and benchmarked it against its own 911 models in the right context.
The Crank already had an opinion on the GT-R versus 911 Turbo debate.
But is Porsche’s whining legitimate or just sour grapes? Or is all this 'Ring hoopla just fodder for car company PR types with too much time on their hands?
[Source: Herald Sun via CarsGuide]