The first collaborative effort between Nissan and Italdesign, the Nissan GT-R50, is now confirmed to make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England today. The majestic vehicle comes with quite of a notoriety as it commemorates the 50th anniversaries of Italdesign in 2018 and the GT-R in 2019.
The chosen location for the Nissan GT-R50 couldn't have been more appropriate. Nissan's senior vice president of global design Alfonso Albaisa shares, "The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the ideal setting to showcase the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, which combines power and artistry to celebrate 50 years of inspiring the dreams of our customers." Albaisa adds, "Just like the prototype itself, Goodwood is a celebration of design, performance, a little indulgence and a lot of love of historic and future automotive creativity. It's the perfect setting to showcase a unique vehicle that will stir the imagination of people to dream even bigger."
A prototype-inspired customer variant of the Nissan GT-R50 may also be in the pipeline. Accordingly, Italdesign is slated to produce no more than 50 units, each of which will be tailored for each customer, with a price tag estimated at EUR 900,000 (around PHP 56.2 million) with guaranteed exclusivity.
The Nissan GT-R50 comes with an ultra-modern design and Alcantara-finished interior. Under the hood, it's essentially a NISMO GT-R tweaked into the competitive specs of GT3. As such, the supercar comes with 720hp, 780Nm of torque which can be accessed on tap, and a reinforced 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Nissan factory GT3 racers Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe are tapped to pilot the Nissan GT-R50 prototype up the hill (1.86km, 1.16 mile) on the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England. The vehicle will be in action twice daily with Ordonez taking the wheel at 9:40 and 16:30 on July 12 and 11:40 and 17:20 on July 13. Meanwhile, the wheel will be handed over to Buncombe and will be running at 10:05 and 13:10 on July 14 and 10:40 and 17:05 on July 15.
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