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Nissan X-Trail news — X-record - 2008

Another day, another Nurburgring record.
This one’s a biggie, though, because the Nissan X-Trail has smashed, destroyed,
obliterated the ‘Ring lap record.

Sort of. The X-Trail, piloted by
Nurburgring racer Frank Eickholt, lapped the ‘Ring in 11 minutes 58 seconds.
Which isn’t really very fast at all, but still good enough for a new record…
for a fuel cell vehicle.

This may have something to do with the
X-Trail being the first FCV to lap the ‘Ring. The 1.3-million euro prototype
utilises a similar system to the Honda Clarity, generating electricity from
hydrogen and oxygen and emitting only water. It’s capable of 90mph and has a
range of 300 miles.

Eickholt reckons that the X-Trail could
have gone 40 seconds quicker round the ‘Ring in better conditions - the track
was soaking wet, apparently - and declared himself impressed with the car. We
suspect he’d have taken a GT-R instead if it’d been on offer, though.

Nissan says
that the fuel cell X-Trail could reach production by 2015. By which time the
prototype may have completed another lap

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