Nissan and Italdesign GT-R50 could reach roads

Jimi Beckwith
13 July 2018
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The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign could enter production as a limited-run, £800,000 hypercar, the brand has announced. 

The car made its first appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and will enter limited production of around 50 units if received warmly enough by spectators. Italdesign would be in charge of production, and each car would feature elements bespoke to each customer.

The GT-R50 was revealed late last month as a one-off collaboration between Nissan and the design house to celebrate 50 years of the GT-R and Italdesign. 

Based on the GT-R Nismo, the GT-R50 is Nissan and Italdesign’s first collaboration, although the development, engineering and building of the car was all Italdesign’s work, while the design was undertaken at Nissan’s London and San Diego design centres. 

No element of the car’s outward appearance remains untouched, including the roofline, which has been lowered by 54mm. It’s longer, wider and lower to the ground than the Nismo on which it’s based, however.

Gold highlights are used throughout the dramatically restyled exterior, while the car’s original features have been exaggerated, and aerodynamically improved. This includes a huge adjustable rear wing. 

Performance has been boosted to fit the car’s special prototype status, and the 3.8-litre V6 engine now produces 710bhp and 575lb ft - up from the 592bhp and 481lb ft of the ‘regular’ GT-R Nismo. 

Race-spec turbochargers have been fitted, as have a larger intercooler system, adjustable dampers and heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, bearings and connecting rods. Upgraded intake and exhaust systems also help to achieve the 118bhp boost.