ZR-1 laps the ring in 7:26.4 Clearly the closed track/private sessions will not reflect racing lap times as myriad factors come into play in circuit competition. As well, conditions on the day of testing can vary results. Therefore, laptimes done on clinically ideal hot laps without traffic, closed to the public, are, at best, benchmarks that indicate a "best possible potential" for a car. This includes any auto-maker's car that is Nur engineered or tested. Clearly, results will not be the same every lap, in some cases the "official" times either getting better or worse depending on conditions. This should be a baseline assumption across the board for any car, despite make and model. However, with strict emphasis that Nissan is placing upon Nur lap times, including engineering the R35 specifically on the Nurburgring from day one, is clearly not merely for the sake of it. Lap time benchmarks in and of themselves do not necessarily reflect how a car will perform in competition as such events are designed for endurance competition lasting several hours at a time, with tremendous strain put upon the drivers and machines in adverse conditions. I feel that to an extent, this is overlooked while the abstract benchmarks themselves are overly discussed and/or critiqued (or supported). But more importantly overlooked are the very reasons why such extensive engineering and testing have taken place at Nissan. These lap times are not necessary to broadcast to the wider public but are are indicators of the R35's potentials, and are ongoing warning signals for what is about to unleash. Nissan isn't just going out on the Nurburgring and running random hot laps. In actuality, the greater engineering and testing to achieve them is scarcely seen or known. Lap times simply make headlines, with the sweat equity behind them nearly entirely ignored. What is then quite obvious is essentially hidden and ignored to no end. Nissan has been answering and upholding every point argued against it with proof, step by step --the ultimate buildup being competition where winnings can ultimately legitimize the ongoing developments. Act II(spec-v and nissan motorsports) is coming while most are simply asleep at the wheel. This is really the point of such benchmarking. One is able to quickly look at the cars that will give each other the stiffest potential competition. Lap times do not specifically determine how a car will perform in bumper to bumper competition --but can give an idea which cars will be bumper to bumper with each other.