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Italdesign is ready to deliver its first Nissan GT-R 50 production cars

  • Entirely developed and assembled in Moncalieri (Italy), they celebrate both Italdesign and GT-R’s 50th anniversaries

  • Every car is a one-of-a-kind: clients had the chance to fully customize their own cars with unique liveries and body colors

The Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign are about to leave Italdesign plant in Italy to reach their respective owners worldwide.

Collaboration with Nissan started back in 2018 to celebrate both Italdesign’s and GT-R’s 50 year-anniversaries.

These first cars, out of a limited production of 50 units, were assembled by hand by Italdesign professionals in Turin, Italy, and are tailor-made as clients chose to customize them with special liveries and colors.

One of these units is inspired by the famous 1972 GT-R showcar; the Italdesign team worked hard to design dedicated livery and a colour to homage it, producing the Verde Kenmeri tint for this only car.

Two owners drew inspiration from the concept car introduced as a world premiere during the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Despite each car features specially made graphics, they all feature the Liquid Kinetic Gray/Energic Sigma Gold colours combination. The last two body tints are inspired by Italdesign’s experience and by one of the greatest Renaissance artist: the renowned Argento Italdesign and the Nero Caravaggio.

“The delivery of the GT-R50 by Italdesign witnesses the quality of the work our company makes available to the main OEMs as Nissan is – stated Giorgio Gamberini, Head of Business Development at Italdesign – “With over 50 years of experience, not only in style but mainly in engineering and prototype production, Italdesign is the right partner for the building of ultra-limited series projects for the traditional OEMs and new comers”.

“We’re extremely proud and satisfied to deliver these amazing cars, it’s the perfect symbol to a new start after what we’ve been through during the last two years” – Antonio Casu, CEO of Italdesign, stated. “Despite the pandemic situation here in Italdesign we never stopped working hard. The collaboration with Nissan has been truly positive and I’m sure the clients will love their Nissan GT-R by Italdesign. This is a huge achievement and I really want to share it with everyone involved in this project. We keep working to assemble and deliver the rest of the production within the next months”.

Pure performance plus

To achieve the high performance, reliability and emission standards required of the Nissan GT-R50, NISMO carried out development with Nissan Technical Center (NTC). Utilizing know-how from the race specification VR38 engine installed in the FIA GT3 specification NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 and other race engine development know-how, approximately 12% of the engine’s parts were newly developed, including the turbocharger, pistons, connecting rods, crankshaft, fuel injectors, camshafts, and catalyzer. Furthermore, fully utilizing NISMO’s many years of experience developing performance parts for road cars, a high strength material was employed for the transaxle and its surface treatment processing was modified to ensure sufficient strength to withstand torque of 780 Nm.

The durability and reliability of the engine and transaxle was confirmed by performing benchtop simulation durability (acceleration durability) testing that reproduced on a 4-wheel chassis dynamometer the mode cycle of the time recorded by the Nissan GT-R NISMO at Nurburgring (Germany) in 2013, 7 minutes 8 seconds 679, which was the fastest time for a mass-produced car at the time. By utilizing race and road car development technologies unique to NISMO, which is behind Nissan’s motorsports activities, we have achieved both a high output of 720 PS and compliance with the strict “Euro 6” emission regulations in Europe. In in-house testing, the NISMO-developed 720 PS powertrain achieved a reduction of 0.8 seconds (7%) for acceleration from 0 to 200 km/h compared to the current GT-R NISMO.

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Tribute to Marcello Gandini with the Prototype Unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show: A Unique Model Exuding Elegance and Personality

From May 24 to 26, the BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will host the legendary Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The most spectacular cars from different eras and around the world will compete in various categories to win prestigious awards. Among these are the coveted BMW Group Trophy awarded by the Jury, the traditional Coppa d’Oro based on public votes, the Design Award for concept cars and prototypes, and the special ASI Trophy for the best-preserved post-war vehicle.

The presence of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) at this unmissable international event is highlighted by the display of the Citroën GS Camargue prototype from the ASI Bertone Collection. This car enriches the theme dedicated to Marcello Gandini – the recently deceased master of car design – set up in the park of Villa Erba on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Also at Villa Erba, as part of the “Amici & Automobili” event, the ASI-affiliated Veteran Car Club of Como will accompany the Camargue with a precious selection of historical cars from its members.

The Citroën Camargue was first presented at the Bertone stand at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, where it was met with great enthusiasm from both the public and the press. Built on the innovative Citroën GS platform, which was launched in 1970, the Bertone coupé, styled by Marcello Gandini with the assistance of Marc Deschamps, retains the compact sedan’s layout and dimensions. The car features distinctive front and rear overhangs – the front being much more pronounced to enhance the car’s dynamic look. Lower and wider than the GS, the Camargue boasts a wedge-shaped front typical of Gandini’s style, contrasting with a truncated rear end supporting a broad, panoramic canopy with amber-tinted glass, paired with a chic metallic champagne-colored body. Despite its striking and original design, the Bertone proposal did not reach commercial production due to Citroën’s economic crisis during those years, which led to its merger with Peugeot in 1974.

The format of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este includes a double location in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como. On Saturday, May 25, the exclusive Hotel Villa d’Este’s park will host the display of all competing cars, the jury inspection, voting, parade, and the awarding of the Coppa d’Oro and special prizes. Simultaneously, Villa Erba will host the “Amici & Automobili” meeting with an exhibition of historical cars from clubs and enthusiasts.

On Sunday, May 26, the event will continue at Villa Erba with a festival celebrating automotive passion: all cars in the competition will be displayed in the park until the concluding parade, where the Design Award, class prizes, and honorable mentions will be awarded.