We can’t imagine a world where the mighty 2012 Nissan GT-R would need any tweaks for a racetrack--it’s savage and capable enough as it is--but Nissan has announced a track pack that promises to make the car even better.
First things first: the track package doesn’t make the car any more powerful, which should be okay, considering that the car already makes 545 horsepower. When combined with the standard six-speed dual-clutch transmission and ATTESA E-TS Pro all-wheel drive system, the engine can rocket the car to 60 mph in a claimed 2.7 seconds, just a shade off of the infamous Bugatti Veyron.
Instead, the track pack works on improving the car’s performance in stopping and cornering. Both the front and rear brakes get new cooling vents that increase the airflow over the brake discs, cooling them by as much as 100 degrees when driven hard.
The suspension has also been tweaked, with different spring rates that optimize performance on the track. Nissan promises that the track pack doesn’t change the adjustable dampers, however, which means that GT-R drivers shouldn’t lose any fillings on the trip to and from the track. The whole package gets signature six-spoke alloy wheels; Nissan didn’t say if the track pack comes with different tires, but the track pack’s street legal status means it won’t get full slicks.
On the inside, the GT-R track pack is topped off with a pair of Recaro seats--the track package eliminates the rear ones--that are designed and built to grip a driver’s body tighter in the corners. Seeing as the car can reportedly pull more than 1 g, it should be a welcome addition.
The whole package, as sold through British Nissan dealers, will cost you a healthy 10,000 pounds, or $15,670, on top of the cost of the GT-R. Unfortunately it looks like the package won’t make it to the United States--it’s for right-hand drive markets like Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa only.