The 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon was held at the Makuhari Messe. Hiroshi Tamura, the Development In-charge of Nissan GT-R made a surprise appearance at the Toyota booth on the last day of the event and issued a challenge to Toyota to compete for the record at Nurburgring in Germany.
Tamura made an appearance on stage, together with race car driver Akira Iida, at the talk event entitled Motor Sports and Sports Car Development; he addressed Toyota about GT-R’s record update while also talking about the test that is taking place in Nurburgring, Germany.
The respective Nurburgring records of Toyota and Nissan appear as follows: Toyota recorded 7 minutes 14.64 seconds on August 31, 2011 using the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package driven by Iida; on the other hand, Nissan recorded 7 minutes 8.679 seconds on September 30, 2013 using the 2014 model GT-R NISMO N Attack Package driven by Michael Krumm; breaking Toyota’s record.
Looking back at the story of the Nurburgring challenge, the Porsche 918 Spyder recorded 6 minutes 57 seconds (driven by Marc Lieb) on September 4, 2013, three weeks prior to the GT-R taking on the challenge. Tamura, who is still smarting from the fact that Porsche usurped the title of fastest commercial vehicle, called out a challenge to Toyota, “Toyota must first break 7 minutes and 8 seconds. We are not Tom and Jerry but I would like to have a friendly competition.”
In response to Tamura’s challenge, Akira Iida said, “There’s no car though. We must have a car here”, as he looked towards the Toyota staff who were in the venue; the venue was brought to a frenzy with the request for a machine for the challenge.
Talking about the Nurburgring challenge further, Tamura said, “If we can, to a certain extent, create an excellent car, and if we can have an enthusiastic driver who would be willing to push the pedal to the metal, then that would be the perfect time. I do not entertain the idea of pinpointing a car design which selects a driver”, indicating the aim of development.
Moreover, Tamura said, “(Development) Our ideology is to create a car that can produce the same time for four drivers, this is connected to our pursuit of the ultimate driving pleasure, which is also known as the concept of the R35 GT-R.”
(Translated by Michael Sabaldan)