The Nissan GT-Râ€™s hillclimb prowess is no secret to anyone who appreciates the benefits of the Nissanâ€™s twin-turbo power, dual-clutch transmission, sophisticated launch control system and grippy adaptive all-wheel drive.
But the fact that the Nissan GT-R Nismo â€˜Time Attackâ€™ set a new supercar record in the Michelin Supercar run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb this weekend is something entirely unexpected. At the hands of gamer-turned racer, Jann Mardenborough, the GT-R Nismo smashed the supercar record for the Goodwood Hillclimb with a sensational performance on Saturday afternoon.
Welsh driver, Mardenborough; whose only race experience until winning the GT Academy in 2011 had been of the online variety, was at the wheel of a Nissan GTR-Nismo â€˜Time Attackâ€™ edition (which set a 7min 08sec time around the Nurburgring) and he assaulted the 1.85km Hillclimb course in a record breaking 49.27sec; edging out a Noble M600, driven by touring car legend, Anthony Reid.
The Noble wasnâ€™t the only formidable supercar the GT-R Nismo bested on the day. The Michelin Supercar run included the Lexus LFA, LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and Pagani Huayra to name but a few. Ex-Formula 1 racers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan and sportscar legend Derek Bell all took turns in the driversâ€™ seats.
Watch the video of the worldâ€™s best supercars chase to the top of the Goodwood FOS Hillclimb course. Donâ€™t flinch as they go past the infamous ‘flint wall…’