NISSAN Motor India is celebrating 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, in a #LegendarySalute to India.
This was achieved by a Nissan GT-R, which carved out the approximate map of India (some three square kilometres) on the dry surface of Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.
Speed and precision were critical to accomplish this incredible act, which marks the arrival of the iconic Nissan GT-R supercar in India. Nissan chose Sambhar Lake for its level and dry lakebed surface, stunning vistas, and soil, which is soft enough to leave a deep impression.
The Nissan GT-R’s power, and precise and crisp handling, enabled the car to manoeuvre through the twists and turns to trace the complex proportions of India’s landmass. It was driven by professional rally driver Rahul Kanthraj.
To ensure accuracy, the map — measuring 3km in length, 2.8km in width and perimeter of 14.7km — was created by plotting the co-ordinates on a GPS device, and multiple laps were driven to get it just right. The exciting results were captured on video with drones and onboard cameras.
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.
As a mark of respect and appreciation for India and Nissan customers on Republic Day, the company has issued a video that showcases the legendary GT-R as it sets the new record.