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NISSAN AND ITALDESIGN TO UNVEIL ULTRA-LIMITED GT-R PROTOTYPE

Nissan and Italdesign have created a new prototype vehicle – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – in their first-ever collaboration.

Based on a production 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO model, the unique car commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign and will make its debut in Europe next month.

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“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design. “This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R. So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership.”

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs were created by the teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America.

Design at its best
Starting at the front, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign features a distinct golden inner element that stretches across almost the full width of the vehicle. The hood has a more pronounced power bulge, and the thin LED headlights stretch from the wheel arch to the lip above the outer cooling intakes.

Dominating the side view, the distinctive roofline has been lowered by 54 millimeters and features a lower center section, while the slightly raised outer portions give the roof profile a muscular look. The signature GT-R “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels have gained more prominence with a gold inlay and extends from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line.

The rear highlights the car’s wide track with taut, muscular flares around the wheels. The shoulder line tapers around the base of the rear window and draws toward the center of the trunk lid. In a dramatic fashion, the rear window line descends longer and deeper than on the standard car. Combined with more gold elements, it appears as a separate modular element of the rear structure.

The GT-R’s twin round taillights have been reimagined as a separate “floating” feature with thin light rings and hollow centers, mounted so as to join the outer buttress and the central portion of the trunk structure. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. Custom wheels – 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear – accentuate the car’s bold stance. The exterior is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara® and fine black Italian leather on the seats. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment across the instrument panel, doors and the futuristic race car-inspired switchgear. The bespoke steering wheel’s central hub and spokes are made of carbon fiber, while the rim features a flat bottom and matching Alcantara trim.

Pure performance plus
Underneath the new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan’s GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720ps and 780 Nm of torque.

Changes to the power plant include optimized twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts direct the power to the wheels.

A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the BILSTEIN DampTronic® I continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, sized 255/35 R21 in the front and 285/30 R21 in the rear, add a level of grip needed to harness the engine’s power.

“Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way – wrapping one of Nissan’s best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding,” said Albaisa

Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign prototype key specifications
Base vehicle Nissan GT-R NISMO
Overall length 4784mm / 188.3 inches (Standard NISMO: 4690 mm / 184.6 in)
Overall width 1992mm / 78.4 inches (Standard NISMO: 1895 mm / 74.6 in)
Overall height 1316mm / 51.8 inches (Standard NISMO: 1370 mm / 53.9 in)
Wheelbase 2780mm / 109.4 inches (identical)
Engine 3.8-liter VR38DETT by NISMO;

720 ps (estimated) @ 7100 rpm

780 N-m (estimated) @ 3600-5600 rpm

Driveline Mid-mounted front engine / rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive
Gearbox Reinforced dual-clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle
Suspension BILSTEIN DampTronic® I damping system
Brakes Brembo, with 2-piece floating drilled disc

Front: 6-piston monoblock caliper; 390 x 32.6 mm

Rear: 4-piston monoblock caliper; 380 x 30mm

Wheels (inches) Front: 21 x 10J

Rear: 21 x 10.5J

Tires Michelin Pilot Super Sport; Front: 255/35 R21 Rear: 285/30 R21

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Now you can buy 2018 NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3

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Nissan Motorsport International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) is releasing its 2018 model of the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, which is based on the NISSAN GT-R (R35) NISMO and conforms to FIA GT3 regulations. (Build-to-order / delivery to begin from around January 2019)

NISMO launched the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 in 2012 and has been supplying it to customers around the world including in Japan, Europe, America, China, and Australia. The car accumulated several achievements including taking the championship titles in the SUPER GT GT300 class and the Blancpain Endurance Series (currently the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup), along with overall victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia) in 2015.

The 2018 model that is set for release reflects significant advances made on the base vehicle NISSAN GT-R(R35) NISMO, and the lessons learned from accumulated actual race data since the 2015 model was released. NISMO aimed to create a vehicle that took advantage of all of the GT-R’s strengths and was capable of running with stability and speed at any circuit and on any brand of tire.

Specifically, weight distribution has been optimized and the center of gravity lowered by mounting the engine 150mm further back and lower than in the 2015 model. At the same time, the front and rear suspension, along with the cross member have been newly designed to improve the vehicle dynamics.

In addition to vigorous tests carried out in Japan and overseas since April of last year, participation in several series, in cooperation with NISMO’s official partner teams this season, has seen the car run a total of approximately 30,000km. This new vehicle has enhanced competitiveness through improvements in its fundamental performance, at the same time, the new model is easy to handle for both professional and gentleman drivers, and offers significant reliability.

Takao Katagiri, CEO of NISMO quote

“To develop the 2018 model NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, NISMO, as the official sporting arm of NISSAN, has made full use of the advanced technology and expertise we have gained through our vast experience in racing, and this car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world.  Whilst this is its first year of actual competition, it is already demonstrating its competitiveness, having attained achievements such as a 3rd place podium finish in the Japan’s SUPER GT (GT300 class) and a 3rd place overall finish in the Blancpain GT Series Asia. I would like to greatly thank our official partner teams for being the first to choose and demonstrate the full potential of the car and we have high hopes that a number of teams will be competing with the 2018 model NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3.”

Development features of the 2018 model

  • Lowered center of gravity and optimized weight distribution through a revision of the vehicle package
  • Improved dynamics through newly designed suspension
  • Optimized balance between stable downforce characteristics and drag
  • Front and rear rigidity (flexural, torsional) improvements and enhanced linearity by utilizing advanced analysis technology
  • Dry sump system implementation for lowered center of gravity and lubrication reliability
  • Extended maintenance cycle through a newly designed transmission
  • Strengthened brakes with increased durability and reliability
  • An exclusively designed air conditioning system to reduce driver stress and ensure comfort during endurances races, etc. available as an option
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NISMO Festival celebrates the fan favorite Gt-R at Fuji Speedway

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The 20th running of the NISMO Festival supported by Motul showcased the fan-favorite Nissan GT-R and the NISMO brand in Japan, with more than 28,000 fans on site and thousands more tuning into the NISMO.tv live stream on YouTube.

Along with the traditional NISMO Grand Prix race featuring entries from the Super GT, Super Taikyu and Europe’s Blancpain GT Series championships, the event also included a Racing GT-R Heritage Run.

This featured 16 famous GT-R’s from Nissan’s racing heritage dating back to the Skyline HT 2000 GT-R from the late 60s.

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Other cars taking part were the Group A-spec Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 including the Calsonic version driven by NISMO legend Kazuyoshi Hoshino.

The R32 won an incredible 29 consecutive races in Japan and was recently voted by fans in the #NISMOtop20 poll on twitter as the greatest Nissan/NISMO racecar of all time.

The 1995 and 1996 Le Mans GT-R racers were on track along with JGTC/Super GT race winners from 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2017.

Nissan’s 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship winning GT-R was driven by Michael Krumm while Katsumasa Chiyo piloted the Bathurst 12 Hour-winning Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

Racing legends returned to the track at the NISMO Festival included Takahashi Kunimitsu, Tsuchiya Keiichi, Hagiwara Osamu and 1998-99 champion, Erik Comas.

Other on-track events included an historic race and the Z-Challenge exhibition while road cars headed out on the Fuji Speedway circuit with more than 150 NISMO machines taking part.

The NISMO Grand Prix was won by the Motul Autech GT-R (Super GT GT500) of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli. The No. 23 crew also scored the prize for the fastest pit stop of the race.

Off track, fans enjoyed driver interviews, autograph sessions, merchandise stores, pit stop displays plus Nissan aftermarket parts and tuner stalls.

The day’s closing ceremony included a presentation to Nissan racer Mitsunori Takaboshi who clinched this year’s Japanese Formula 3 championship.

“We’re very thankful for the support of the fans throughout the season. Although we missed Super GT championship by mere two points, the victory at the final round gave us a clear direction of what should be done over the winter for the next season,” said NISMO President, Takao Katagiri.

“As a new challenge, Nissan and NISMO will compete in the all-electric FIA Formula E championship which starts in December next year and will look forward to seeing you all again to celebrate our victories.

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