Craftsmanship: building the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

Craftsmanship: building the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

(Original Language: Italian. Click the “CC” button in the right-hand lower corner of the video to switch on closed captions in English or Japanese.)

In their first-ever collaboration, Nissan and Italdesign have created a new prototype car – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, which could become the blueprint for a limited run of 50 hand-built production vehicles. The prototype is a celebration of two golden anniversaries: 50 years of the GT-R, in 2019, and 50 years of Italdesign, in 2018.

The car combines the best of two cultures – Japanese performance and Italian craftsmanship. The prototype was built with pride and dedication by Italdesign craftsmen at their workshop in Turin, Italy.

Italdesign is one of the world’s leading carrozzeria, or coachbuilders. It provides a wide range of services dedicated to the development of new vehicles and industrial products, ranging from styling to engineering and from prototype manufacturing to testing and validation.

“Underneath its design, it hides something unique and very special” Federico Ferrero, head of special vehicles at Italdesign, says of the GT-R50. “It’s the knowledge and the hands of skilled men, who’ve been building cars for decades, that brought the concept and its challenging and unique design to reality.”

Based on the latest GT-R NISMO, the Nissan GT-R50 features a pronounced power bulge on the hood, a lowered roofline, and prominent “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels. The stretched LED headlights and the floating tail lights evoke the GT-R’s iconic signature.

The GT-R50’s interior features extensive use of two different carbon fiber finishes across the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather on the seats.

The gold accents used within the interior echo the exterior, giving it an elegant but sporty look, says GT-R50 workshop team leader Stefano D’Araio.

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