Hot Nissan GT-R sets record speed on frozen Russian lake
While you wouldn’t normally think of taking a 540 horsepower sports car and setting a speed record while driving on ice, that’s exactly what Nissan did earlier this month. On April 5, 2013 in a joint project of Nissan in Russia, and LAV Productions company, the GT-R set a new Russian speed record on ice. Why would Nissan take their new 2014 GT-R all the way to the Russian region of Siberia to set a new speed record?
Two Russians, Audrey Leontjev official pilot for the Russian G-Drive racing team, and famous auto journalist Roman Rusinov, took the new Nissan sports car to Bakai Lake in Russia to go fast, and also to show how well the ATTESA E-TS all wheel drive system works on the 2014 GT-R. The natural lake in the south of the Russian region of Siberia is crescent shaped and one of the longest lakes on the planet and the perfect place to give it a test. It has a surface area of 31,722 km (12,248 square miles) and the lake is incredibly deep at 1,642 meters (5,387 ft.). And at this time of year it is cold and frozen.
A hot car in a cold climate
The Russian team along with Nissan, went to the frozen Siberian lake and took the new Nissan GT-R with a 3.8-liter V6 engine pumping out 540 horsepower and mated with a six-speed automatic GR6 transmission. They chose Baikal Lake in Russia as the testing grounds because it is long enough to run at super high speeds and then they have to get the super sports car stooped. The temperature is a frigid -22 degrees C ( -7.6 F) and the ice is 1.4 meters thick.