Jann Mardenborough smashed the supercar record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb on the weekend behind the wheel of a Nissan GT-R Nismo with the optional ‘Time Attack’ or N-Attack package.
What’s more amazing about this is the fact that Mardenborough was just like you and me before winning the GT Academy in 2011 as he was simply a gamer with a love of racing games.
He managed to pilot the potent GT-R Nismo up the famous hillclimb in a mere 49.27 seconds just beating the time of a Noble M600 driven by touring car legend Anthony Reid.
Mechanically, all Nissan GT-R Nismo models are the same. That means it features familiar 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT engine, freshly uprated to 591 hp and 652 Nm of torque. To release the extra power, Nismo fit a new high-flow and larger diameter turbochargers which come directly from GT3 racing. Nismo have also optimised the individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded the fuel pump to improve combustion.
Nismo have worked with Bilstein to develop springs and custom Bilstein DampTronic dampers for the front and rear suspension. Three suspension modes can be selected; Comfort, Normal and R for circuit applications. Nismo has also worked their magic on the suspension couplings, wheel hub attachments and fitted a new hollow anti-roll bar.