Nissan Team Up With Italdesign to Produce GT-R50
By Zlatan Stankovic on July 11, 2018
The phenomenal Nissan GT-R range has now entered a half-decade of existence. To mark such a momentous 50-year milestone, Nissan have forged an alliance with Italdesign to build an amazing GT-R50 prototype. Funnily enough, Italdesign are also celebrating their 50th birthday in this project, which makes it all the more exciting for car fans.
The two firms have basically taken the 2018 GT-R Nismo and injected it with a ton of steroids. All of the restraints have been removed for this project, which means they have more budget and freedom to create a monster of a vehicle.
Alfonso Albaisa – vice president of Nissan design – stated, “How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,” and then actually get to build it?”
With an abundance of gold-accented bodywork and stealthy styling, the prototype is really going to appeal to a special portion of the market. The floating taillights at the rear almost give the car a villainous aspect. Step inside, and you’ll find gold trim, carbon fiber, Alcantara and beautiful Italian leather seats. Not everyone is going to love the concept, that’s for sure.
But, one thing that everyone will appreciate is the powertrain. From a 3.8-liter V-6 engine, it will rack up an awesome 710-BHP and 575 pound-feet of torque. It’ll get your adrenaline pumping as you press the throttle, put it that way. How have they done it? Well, they’ve added GT3-spec turbochargers, heavy-duty crankshaft, bearings and bigger intercoolers. Plus, the intake, ignition, fuel injectors, exhaust and oil jets have been revamped.
To cater for the added power, the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox has been upgraded, the suspension has been tweaked and Bilstein dampers have been revised. It’s important that you don’t confuse this prototype as being the next-generation R36 GT-R, though. Albaisa said…
“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.”