In addition to being an avid card guy, I'm also an avid amateur road racer. I've spent a lot of time over the years on the racetrack and at your typical track day, the vehicles that show up to race are impressively varied. I've spent time on the track running against everything from Porsche 911 GT3s to Spec Miatas, Mustangs and Camaros. I've also spent a good bit of time on track with various Nissan GT-Rs.
The Nissan GT-R might be a big and heavy car, but box stock it's capable of putting down some very impressive times on a road course. Nissan knows that there is a very dedicated cadre of GT-R road racers out there and for those lucky enough to have the bank account to support it the automaker has announced the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition.
The car will be very limited edition with only 150 being produced. There's not a lot on the outside of the vehicle to set it apart from its more street-focused counterparts. On the outside car has a large hood bulge, enlarged central intake, and front fenders with something called aero blades. The car does get a new front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a dry carbon fiber rear spoiler for improved downforce at speed.
The car will be available in five colors including deep blue pearl, jet black, solid red, gun metallic, and pearl white. What's likely the most easily identifiable differentiator between the Track Edition and normal GT-Rs is on the inside. The Track Edition will have no rear seats, instead having rather cheap looking quilted cloth in place of the rear seats. Under the hood of the car does get different fuel injectors to emphasize torque response and to provide better acceleration. The Track Edition also gets baffles in the oil pan to keep the engine oil where it needs to be under high cornering loads. The car delivers 545 hp and peak torque of 463 pound-feet.
As you would expect with a Track Edition, the car has special suspension including Bilstein DampTronic shock absorbers with higher spring rates. The brakes for the car are also refined and the car gets new forged lightweight wheels with ultrahigh performance run-flat tires. The car will be available at some Nissan dealerships in May 2013 in the limited edition run of 150 units at an undisclosed price.