A record attempt will be made this week to try and dethrone the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
For years, the Porsche 918 Spyder was the king of the Nurburgring having conquered the Green Hell in a record time of six minutes and 57 seconds. This year, the hybrid hypercar was finally dethroned by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Just a few weeks ago, Porsche reclaimed the crown with the formidable 911 GT2 RS, smashing the Nurburgring lap record with an astonishing time of six minutes and 47.3 seconds. And now there’s a new contender for the crown: meet the 1,100-hp LM1 RS GT-R, which is aspiring to become the new king of the Ring.
As you’ve probably gathered, this is no ordinary Nissan GT-R. According to Top Gear, Godzilla has had a rather extreme makeover that could make it the fastest street-legal GT-R in the world, if not one of the fastest road cars ever. Among the long list of modifications include an engine that features the same BorgWarner turbos from an IndyCar, a massive intercooler, and Inconel manifolds resulting in a monstrous 1,100-hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. The chassis was modified by Momentum Motorsport, while Ohlins added four-way adjustable custom valving and springs along with a bespoke geometry and setup specifically for the Nurburgring.
Apart from the rear bumper, each body panel was replaced with carbon fiber including the wheels and brakes, and the car also benefits from similar aerodynamic enhancements as Nismo’s GT3 race car. As a result, this custom GT-R is 350 kg lighter than the standard car, and significantly more powerful. It also has a tailored flat floor to keep it firmly planted to the ground in conjunction with a fully functioning aero package that’s been painstakingly tested in a wind tunnel by drivers such as World Touring Car champion Rob Huff. It’s even been approved by the Nissan GT-R and Nismo’s chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura.
Despite having the menacing appearance of a thoroughbred track car, this custom GT-R is completely road legal. The Australian owner apparently wanted a car that he could thrash around the Nurburgring and then drive to the circuit's legendary Pistenklause restaurant for a celebratory meal. Litchfield’s LM1 RS GT-R will be attempting a record run at the Nurburgring this week to try and dethrone the Porsche 911 GT2, so watch this space.