Nissan Goes Racing

A Nissan GT-R—one that you can buy—features a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 engine that features an aluminum block with plasma-sprayed bores (in lieu of liners) and aluminum pistons.

A Nissan GT-R—one that you can buy—features a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 engine that features an aluminum block with plasma-sprayed bores (in lieu of liners) and aluminum pistons. The engine has double overhead cams and continuously variable valve timing on the intake valves. The engine produces 485 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 434 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200 to 5,200 rpm.

The GT-R has a dual-clutch six-speed transmission that is actually hand-assembled. The car has a lightweight carbon-composite main driveshaft and an all-wheel drive system.

While its miles per gallon are a respectable 15/21 mpg (city/highway), its top speed is remarkable: 193 mpg.

That’s the one that you can buy.

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Yesterday (March 5, 2010), Nissan announced its participation in the new 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship. Nissan hasn’t been in a like series for 20 years.

Two teams—Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team—will be campaigning GT-Rs in the series, which gets the green flag on April 17 at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

We bring this to your attention lest the amount of environmental-oriented coverage that we’ve been running about Nissan of late makes you think that the vehicle manufacturer has forgotten that lots of people like to drive cars like the GT-R. Yes, they’ve got them, too.