Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 Returns to the Nurburgring

The Japanese auto manufacturer announced that it will bring back the GT-R to the grueling Nordschleife circuit, for the 2014 Nurburgring 24 Hours. The tough endurance race will take place from June 21st to 22nd, its ultimate goal being that of providing the ultimate test of man and machine competing as one.
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From 1983 to this day, the Nordschleife measures 20.81 kilometers (12.93 miles) in length and numbers 154 daunting turns. The fastest lap record dates from '83, when Stefan Bellof managed a 6 minutes and 25.91 seconds lap in a World Endurance Championship race-prepped Porsche 956.

On its most recent visit, the latest Nissan GT-R Nismo road model completed a lap of the "Green Hell" in just 7 minutes and 8.67 seconds. Behind the wheel of the record-breaking vehicle was Michael Krumm, who features in Nissan's drivers lineup for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

Former Formula 1 racing driver Nick Heidfeld will race the #80 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, specially numbered to celebrate Nissan's 80th year in the car making business. The most recent GT Academy Germany winner, Florian Strauss, will join him in this endurance racing effort. Nick and Florian will be joined by another GT Academy graduate, Lucas Ordonez, and Alex Buncombe.

"I'm delighted to increase my involvement with Nissan from my judging role on the German GT Academy show to now also include racing the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 at the Nurburgring 24 Hours," said Heidfeld. "To be teammates with Florian, who I helped select as the 2013 winner of the GT Academy competition, is quite incredible and is a great chance for me to continue the mentoring process with him at the Nordschleife. Together with Alex and Lucas, we will tackle one of the most beautiful and challenging circuits in the world."

As opposed to the aforementioned car, the #30 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 celebrates 30 years since the birth of Nismo, the motorsport arm of the Japanese automaker. Nissan Super GT racers Michael Krumm and Kazuki Hoshino will team up with 'Ring regular Tetsuya Tanaka and Nismo Global Exchange driver Katsumasa Chiyo.

The third Schulze GT-R GT3 will be driven by Kazanori Yamauchi, who's the creator of the Gran Turismo game series, as well as 2009 GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson.

"The Nurburgring 24 Hours is a special event for Nissan," said Darren Cox, head of brand, marketing & sales for Nismo. "To compete at the Nordschleife will be a very proud moment for everyone involved as we think about the long line of road specification GT-Rs and now the GT-R Nismo that have grown up there. It is important to show our fans and customers again that there is crossover between road cars and race car development at Nissan."
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