The proceeds from the online charity auction that took place on Nov. 22-Dec. 4 for the benefit of the Usain Bolt Foundation amounted to $193,191. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.’s ‘Bolt Gold' Nissan GT-R and Bolt Merchandise auction was held on eBay. The foundation aims to create educational and cultural opportunities for children and young people in Jamaica, which is the home country of Usain Bolt.
There was intense competition from those who wanted to acquire the one-off ‘Bolt Gold' Nissan GT-R with offers around the world at the 10-day auction. The winning bid was later determined to be for $187,100. More than 100 bids were received for nine items of Bolt merchandise being auctioned. These include racing helmets, special driving suits and boots, which generated $6,091.
Nissan's Chief Operating Officer, Toshiyuki Shiga, said that with this donation to the foundation, Nissan will help boost the chances of children in Jamaica to achieve their dreams. Usain Bolt was named Nissan's honorary "Director of Excitement" as a brand spokesman for the company's new "WHAT IF_" global brand campaign in October 2012.
Usain Bolt has said that his partnership with Nissan “greatly benefits” his foundation’s work. He added that in Jamaica, more kids will have access to improved facilities, play areas and educational materials. The winner of the auction for the "Bolt Gold" Nissan GT-R is from Australia. He said that this gold GT-R becomes even more special since it celebrates the astonishing achievements of Usain Bolt.
The 2014 Nissan GT-R is set to be out in Japan and Europe for 2013. It features sharper handling, greater stability and improved response times. It also features reworked 550PS 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine which generates improved responses for the upper rev and mid ranges.
The springs, dampers as well as the anti-roll bar in its front were also altered and enhanced and this results to higher speed stability, more improved traction, well sophisticated ride as well as an improved driving experience.
Previous track record of 0-100km/h is now at 2.7 seconds which is 0.1 second quicker compared to its previous version. During its May 2012 test, this new model laps the famous Nürburgring German circuit at only seven minutes and 19.1 seconds.
GT-R’s creator Kazutohi Mizuno revealed a 0.5-second loss to traffic on the hot lap which indicates that MY13 GT-R can make a lap at only seven minutes and 18.6 seconds. This record is way faster compared to the track record of MY12 GT-R which is at seven minutes and 21 seconds. The modifications to this new GT-R came from the generated data during the Nürburgring 24-Hour race in 2012 wherein two of the near-production GT-Rs took part of.
This unique four-wheel-drive super-coupé upholds a heritage and integrity which started more than four decades ago.