Nissan GT-R ‘maps’ India

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 25 Jan 2017


Nissan Motor India is set to enter the Limca Book of Records for the world’s largest-ever outline of a country map with a Nissan GT-R.

In celebration of India’s 68th Republic Day, the snazzy sports car carved out the approximate map of India spanning three square kilometres on the dry surface of Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.

Speed and precision were critical to accomplish this precision act. Nissan chose Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan as the location for the record attempt for its level and dry lakebed surface, stunning vistas, and soil which is soft enough to leave a deep impression to be captured by camera drones high above.

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The GT-R’s precise and crisp responses enabled the car to manoeuvre through the twists and turns to trace the complex proportions of India’s landmass on the sandy surface in a dry section of the lake.

With major turns and bends along the periphery, the GT-R’s renowned driving performance, power and handling was put to its ultimate test. At the helm of the vibrant red GT-R was professional rally driver Rahul Kanthraj, who piloted the car to achieve the record.

To ensure accuracy, the map was created by plotting the co-ordinates on a GPS device and multiple laps were done to approximate the actual map. The results were captured on video with drones and onboard cameras.

The dimensions of the map were about 3km in length and 2.8km in width with a total outline periphery of 14.7km. Officials from the Limca Book of Records were on site to validate the process. Once certified, this unique record will be included in the 2018 edition of the book expected to be published in June 2018.


 

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