GT-R TRACK PACK ARRIVES AT NISSAN'S 22 HIGH PERFORMANCE CENTRES
•Hardcore GT-R arrives in the ÚK
•'Track Pack' features track-focused modifications
Nissan's 22 High Performance Centres are braced for the first deliveries of the most focussed GT-R.
GT-R owners are among the most demanding in the world. In response to demand Nissan has replied wîth the GT-R Track Pack - a new version of the Nissan supercar for those drivers who require a faster, lighter, harder GT-R and one that has that extra edge at the race track.
The new car is called the Track Pack and offers GT-R drivers a more focussed driving experience while still remaining fully road legal. Únlike aftermarket modifications, this GT-R has the full blessing of the car's creator Kazutoshi Mizuno.
On the outside, the new car features special six-spoke RAYS alloy wheels wîth gloss black centres. In addition to lòòking good these wheels give a total weight saving over the standard 2012 GT-R of 10kg.
Additional brake cooling ducts built into the carbon front splitter reduce the operating temperature by as much 100 degrees during track use, whilst similar ducts hidden behind the rear wheels channel cooling air over the rear discs.
Track Pack also features special, stiffer suspension designed to optimise track performance. It comprises a harder set-up and increased body rigidity and has been jointly developed wîth the GT-R development driver Toshio Suzuki during extensive testing at the Nurburgring. It will allow GT-R customers to achieve the perfect set-up at the track but, thanks to the special dampers, customers will be able to change the suspension for road-use at a flick of a switch, making the GT-R Track Pack suitable for all environments.
The changes that make up the Track Pack are not just under the shell, though. Inside the car loses rear seats but gains two track-ready front sports seats covered in what is affectionately referred to as 'magic cloth' by the father of GT-R, Kazutoshi Mizuno. The Track Pack also boasts special blue-on-grey sports seats made from fabric and leather. The high friction fabric is a special material that allows occupants to 'stick' to the seats during hard cornering and braking.
A Track Pack emblem also sits on the dashboard helping to identify this special GT-R model, whilst more comfortable seat belts, an enhanced Bose audio system, and a rear-view camera as fitted to the standard MY2012 GT-R also feature.
Performance statistics remain unchanged to the 'standard' 2012 GT-R. That means Track Pack customers will still be able to enjoy the GT-R's 550PS power output, and a 0-62 time of just 2.8 seconds.
The Track Pack is only available in the ÚK and Japan, and is priced at £10,000 more than the standard £74,450 GT-R.About Nissan in the ÚK
•Nissan Sunderland Plant manufactures the Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan Note and the Nissan Juke and will manufacture the 100% electric Nissan LEAF from 2013
•Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles begins this year
•Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 6.4 million units wîth 80 per cent of production exported to 97 markets worldwide
•Total investment made and announced since then is £3.3 billion
•480,485 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2011
•Sunderland Plant currently employs 5,400 people
•Nissan's European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 50 people
•Nissan's European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 500 peopleSource - Nissan