NEW DELHI: The Nissan GT-R gave a #LegendarySalute to India, by creating the world’s largest-ever country map.
Nissan Motor India celebrates the 68th year of the Republic with a record-breaking tribute to India and its people starring the legendary Nissan GT-R sports car.
The company is set to enter the Limca Book of Records – the Indian equivalent of Guinness Book of World Records – for the world's largest-ever outline of a country map.
This was achieved by a GT-R, which carved out the approximate map of India spanning three square kilometers on the dry surface of Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.
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.
The Nissan GT-R's precise and crisp responses enabled the car to maneuver 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.
At the helm of the vibrant red GT-R was professional rally driver Rahul Kanthraj.
To ensure accuracy, the map was created by plotting the coordinates on a GPS device, and multiple laps were driven to approximate the actual map.
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.
Apart from its 3.8-liter hand-built twin turbo V6 engine producing 565HP, the 2017 Nissan GT-R comes equipped with ATTESA E-TS advanced all-wheel drive system.
Instead of the traditional 50/50 torque split between front and rear axles, this electronically controlled system provides up to 100 percent of available torque to the rear wheels, and can send up to 50 percent of torque to the front wheels.
This provides the steering feel and response of a rear-wheel driven vehicle, while giving the added confidence that only AWD can offer.
The Nissan GT-R was launched in India in December 2016 in its Premium Edition.
The first delivery of the supercar in the country was to Bollywood action star and Nissan Brand Ambassador, John Abraham.
The GT-R is produced at Nissan's world-class plant in Tochigi, Japan.
India's first official Nissan High Performance Centre (NHPC), in Noida, provides exclusive sales and service for the 2017 Nissan GT-R.