2014 Nissan GT-R Chief Engineer Explains How to Make Car Even Better

By Jacob Brown | November 06, 2012
When Ferrari ran the Nissan GT-R through its simulators, it couldn't understand how it was as fast as it was. The Nissan GT-R very well might be the first car to defy the laws of physics, or so you might think. Alas, it has and continues to be a work in progress, now with the upcoming 2014 Nissan GT-R receiving a host of suspension, engine, and structural upgrades to make the car quicker and more livable. But how does Nissan continue to do it? How can a car that debuted in 2009 come back year after year with marked improvements? That'd all come down to Kazutoshi Mizuno, the chief engineer for the Nissan GT-R, and his team who venture to Germany for two weeks a year to put their beloved supercar through its paces on the Nurburgring. Unlike their testing facilities in Japan, the Nurburgring offers them a chance to beat the ever-living-tar out of the car. They only drive it 3,000 kilometers—1,864 miles—during their track-time sessions, but the stress put on the GT-R is enough to equal 400,000 km on a public road, so they figure. That's nearly 250,000 miles.
They go each year, much as a high school baseball team would travel to Florida every spring break, to learn something new. And it's incredible how much they learn in such a short time. Check it out for yourself in the video below.

Source: Nissan via YouTube