Porsche claims GT3 beats GT-R in 'Ring lap; Nissan says GT-R still fastest

Porsche and Nissan are at it again. Last year, the two companies publicly feuded over lap times achieved at Germany's famed Nurburgring Nordschleife. With the 2010 models rolling out, the companies are ready for a 'Ring redux. Yesterday, it was reported that Porsche set a new record with its 2010 911 GT3, purportedly beating the Nissan GT-R. But while a Porsche spokesman was condemning Nissan's claimed lap times, Nissan was setting what it claims is a new record. Confused? Read on.

Yesterday, Porsche spokesman and Project Manager of High Performance Cars Andreas Preuninger told Motor Trend the 911 GT3 lapped the 'Ring in 7 minutes at 40 seconds. At face value, this sounds slower than Nissan's 7:29 record. But Preuninger maintains Porsche's official position -- dating back to last year -- that the GT-R cannot actually achieve such a time. He says Porsche's test drivers have not been able to exceed a lap time of 7:54 with a stock GT-R.

Meanwhile, it is being reported through unofficial channels that Nissan has set a new record with the stock 2010 GT-R. According to a report by owners' club NissanSportz, a stock European 2010 GT-R driven by a Nissan employee has lapped the track in an incredible 7 minutes and 26 seconds.

Nissan has yet to release a lap time for its GT-R SpecV, but we're sure they'll broadcast the results loud and clear when they're ready. We're also curious to see numbers for the 911 GT3 RS after it debuts.

Between all the nitpicking and debate, we're not sure who's right in this dispute. One thing's for sure, however: The Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 GT3 are two very, very fast cars.