The Nissan GT-R’s hillclimb prowess is no secret to anyone who appreciates the benefits of the Nissan’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 ‘Time Attack’ 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 ‘Time Attack’ 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 wasn’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 drivers’ seats.
Watch the video of the world’s best supercars chase to the top of the Goodwood FOS Hillclimb course. Don’t flinch as they go past the infamous ‘flint wall…’