Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Nissan, Italdesign Collaborate on GT-R Prototype

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Nissan, Italdesign Collaborate on GT-R Prototype
Sherri Watson | 01 July, 2018, 18:58

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission was also reinforced to handle all that output. It's all rather in your face, which is probably appropriate when you consider the GT-R50's underneath. The wheels are 21×10 front and 21 x 10.5 rear.

As you'd expect, the inside of the vehicle is a heady cocktail of Alcantara, leather and carbonfire - and there are flashes of the same gold finish you'll find on the exterior of the auto.

This year, Nissan is celebrating 50 years of the GT-R.

Nissan and the VW Group's Italdesign design house might seem unlikely bedfellows, but both have their 50th anniversaries in 2018 and that is cause for a celebration. Nissan design teams in America and Europe penned the interior and exterior while Italdesign engineered and built the prototype.

The GT-R50 is based on the showroom-ready GT-R Nismo but boasts new bodywork that makes it 54mm lower and almost 100mm longer and wider. There is also a more promiment power bulge in the hood. "So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership".

Some of its sleekness is derived from that new roofline, which is fully 54mm lower than standard.

One of the cooler and new features about the Nissan GT-R50 Italdesign is the rear wing. The dominating exterior colour is "Liquid Kinetic Gray", while the secondary hue is "Energetic Sigma Gold". The gold elements are even included in the interior.

Behind the wheels, a new suspension system based on Bilstein DampTronic adjustable damping has been developed for the auto and six-pot Brembo brakes do the stopping at the front with four pots at the rear. Inside, the GT-R50 by Italdesign has been overghauled, bringing a far more modern and focused layout to the cabin.

Two contrasting carbon-fibre finishes lend definition to the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara and Italian leather on the seats and gold accents on the instrument panel, doors and the futuristic racing-inspired switchgear.

According to the maker, additional tweeks to the 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". The steering wheel is bespoke and features a flat bottom.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Nissan GT-R, as well as Italdesign, the two brands collaborate on this epic iteration of the iconic sports vehicle. The bright red calipers of the Brembo brake system wink at onlookers from inside those wheels.