Monday, March 9, 2009

Track-Time: Nissan GT-R sets first recorded time for the ‘world's greatest driving road’

Since its release on the streets, the Nissan GT-R is best known for blistering times on race tracks. Best example is the 13-mile Nurburgring in Germany, with 147 corners to examine the car's capabilities, nearly all car makers test their high-performance automobiles over their. At the 'Ring, the GT-R lapped a time of 7 minutes and 29 seconds, which is faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo, and a Mercedes-McLaren SLR. However, it's time for this amazing lap-timer to set a record on another race-way.
Jebel Hafeet, built on on the outskirts of Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Rising approximately 4,000 ft (1,219 m) above sea level, the 7-kilometer road features 22 corners and three lanes (two climbing and one descending). The road scales the mountain and ends at a scenic parking lot, passing a hotel and a palace on the way. They say that this road is purpose-built for racing and setting lap times. That's why, Abu Dhabi also claims that Jebel Hafeet road is the "world's greatest driving road". The road is indeed amazing and tests the car's true chace; experts predict that this road could be a true test-track for auto makers to test their future cars and setting lap times, just like the Nurburgring.
So, to celebrate the coming of the GT-R to the Middle East, Nissan decided to set the first ever recorded lap time on Jebel Hafeet. On the hands of Middle Eastern rally driver Mohamed Ben Sulayem, who also happens to be the vice-president of the FIA. The 7-kilometer twisting mountain pass was done away with in just 3 minutes and 39 seconds, but as it is the first officially recorded time on the Jebel Hafeet road there isn't much competition to compare it to.
Nissan GT-R has set the benchmark, so what we all need right now, is to see more automakers sending their supercars over to Abu Dhabi to record lap times.

Source : [Nissan via GT-R Blog]

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