Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign to be unveiled in metal at 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian A., on July 10, 2018

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a half-Japanese half-Italian Godzilla that have been gaining admiration from the public since it was announced in June. Now, people can see the reinterpreted version of the legend in metal when Nissan and Italdesign unveil it at upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on July 12.

So, until the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed opens this week, GT-R fans, enthusiasts and even prospective buyers may settle for video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. Designed and develop to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign. The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is still in its prototype form, and the one that will be unveiled at Goodwood could serve as base for an extremely limited run of hand-built production Godzillas.

Italdesign is offering to build customer versions of the GT-R50 prototype, as produced according to the taste and preferences of clients. No more than 50 examples are planned to be built. Each example of this ultra-limited supercar could fetch a price of around EUR900,000 ($1.05 million).

According to Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president of global design, they believe that the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the ideal setting to unveil the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. He noted that just like the GT-R50, Goodwood celebrates design, performance and a bit of indulgence, as well as a love of historic and future automotive creativity.

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a celebration two big moments that is happening at the same window of time: 50 years of Italdesign as well as 50 years.

Dubbed as a GT-R without limits, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign was developed, engineered and built by Italdesign. Nissan’s teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America were in charge of exterior and interior designs of this one-of-a-kind Godzilla.

Wrapped in Liquid Kinetic Gray finish with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign features a front end with a fully stretched golden inner element, a bonnet with a more pronounced power bulge, as well as thin LED headlights. The GT-R50 also has the signature GT-R “samurai blade” cooling outlets – with a gold inlay -- just behind the front wheels and extending from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line. Its rear end, meanwhile, also features more gold elements and is marked by a large adjustable rear wing. Its twin round taillights seems to be floating, featuring thin light rings and hollow centers.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign comes with two different carbon fiber finishes across the instrument panel, door linings and center console. The seats are wrapped in black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather, while the central hub and spokes of the bespoke steering wheel are made from carbon fiber.

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is powered by a hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine that delivers 720 PS of max output and 780 Nm of peak torque. Power is sent to the wheels through a reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle, as complemented by stronger differentials and drive shafts. This special Godzilla rides on custom wheels measuring 21 x 10 inches on the front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear. These rims are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires measuring 255/35 R21 on the front and 285/30 R21 at the rear.

Press Release

Exclusive Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign set for world debut at Goodwood

Collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign reimagines Nissan’s GT-R as a custom-bodied, €900,000 (est.) ultralimited supercar

YOKOHAMA, Japan and TURIN, Italy – The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England, on July 12.

The first-ever collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the GT-R50 prototype shown at Goodwood could become the blueprint for an extremely limited run of hand-built production vehicles. The vehicle commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R, in 2019, and Italdesign, in 2018.

"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," said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president of global design. "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."

Pending the GT-R50 by Italdesign's reception at Goodwood and other global appearances in the coming months, a customer version inspired by the prototype may be created. No more than 50 units would be produced by Italdesign – with each car tailored for each customer – with a price estimated to start at about €900,000.

Source: Nissan

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