Nissan will, from January 12 to March 31, display the test car used to develop the GT-R50 by Italdesign at Nissan Crossing in Tokyo. The space is a fancy showroom, perfect for showing off the car used to develop a million dollar supercar.
According to Nissan, the car was used on circuits to test chassis rigidity and durability. It was also used as a rig to test some of the car’s carbon fiber parts and the rear wing.
With just 50 GT-R50s being built, this is a really nice look into the development process of a supercar based on one of the most impressive cars of the last decade.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 making 710 hp, it’s no wonder rigidity and durability were of utmost importance. The engines are built by a small group of specialists called Takumi at Nissan’s Yokohama plant.
Apart from the engine, development and engineering work were preformed by Italdesign; the looks, though, were handled by Nissan’s design teams in Europe and America.
Bringing it all to a stop are six-piston Brembo brakes , while the new adjustable Bilstein DampTronic dampers, along with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, will help it handle the corners.
Designed to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the iconic Japanese sports car in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018, the design premise of the GT-R50 was to make the most extreme GT-R possible.
“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?’ Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, said. “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.”
Nissan and Italdesign are building just 50 examples, each priced from €990,000 ($1.12 million) before taxes, and there are only a few left.