Nissan GT-R’s Launch Mode Governance

By Deane Barker on December 8, 2011

The Nissan GT-R is a blindingly fast car.  It has a “launch mode” for hard acceleration runs that’s apparently pretty rough on the drivetrain.  Here’s how they make sure you’re not too stupid (read the last sentence):

[Launch mode] is activated by setting the Transmission and VDC to “R” mode (the Suspension settings can be left in normal mode), holding the brakes, then the throttle, and finally releasing the brakes. The engine speed is now held at 4,000 rpm in this mode, and it no longer voids the warranty. However, the system allows a maximum of 4 consecutive hard launches before locking itself out, after which it can be unlocked by driving normally for 1.5 miles.