What happened to that Nissan GTR-50 that Ital Design was going to body 50 of?

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  1. bitzman

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    And did I mistakenly think Ital Design had been sold to VW long ago? If so , why in 2018 would they be customizing Nissans? Or was this car just a flash in the pan and orders evaporated? Here's a description of it from Motor Trend. Maybe as few as one was built? Where is it now?

    Nissan announced that Italdesign has begun taking orders and will build no more than 50 cars, each at a starting price that is the equivalent of $1.1 million. Custom exterior and interior colors beyond the prototype model's gray and gold will increase that price. The production model features enlarged side-view mirrors and a resculpted rear valance to accommodate a license plate. Inside, however, the GT-R50 no longer appears as minimalist or handcrafted. Parts-bin switchgear and conventional instrumentation replace the all-digital cluster and metal toggle switches. The carbon-fiber instrument cowl is gone, too, and the steering wheel is less ornate. An infotainment system protrudes from the dash while the corner air vents shed their elaborate, layered construction. Nissan likely deemed it too expensive to homologate such custom parts.
    And from Autocar May 20, 2020...

    The ultra-exclusive GT-R 50 by Italdesign - a collaboration between Nissan and the revered Italian styling house - has entered production in time for customer deliveries later this year.

    The radically styled GT-R 50, of which just 50 will be built, is based on the top-rung Nismo version of Nissan’s flagship supercar and priced from €990,000 (£883,000) before taxes and options. Italdesign says “a significant number of deposits” have already been taken.

    First shown in prototype form in 2018, the model has been designed to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign. It's available in a range of liveries inspired by the most iconic cars to bear the GT-R badge - making it likely that each of the 50 cars will be a bespoke creation.

    The new model is longer, wider and lower to the ground than the standard car, while its roofline has been lowered by 54mm. Elsewhere, Italdesign has exaggerated and aerodynamically improved some of the GT-R’s trademark features, with the GT-R 50 gaining a large, adjustable rear wing not found on Nissan’s mass-produced model.

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    Power comes from an uprated version of the GT-R Nismo’s 3.8-litre V6, which has been tuned to produce 710bhp and 575lb ft - up from the 592bhp and 481lb ft of the standard car.

    Modifications include the addition of race-spec turbochargers and a larger intercooler, while the crankshaft, pistons, bearings, conrods and exhaust system have all been re-engineered to bring about the 118bhp boost.

    Italdesign had planned to show the production-spec car at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, but following that event’s cancellation, it was shown for the first time making its dynamic debut at the Tazio Nuvolari Circuit in Italy, where the firm conducts dynamic tests necessary for vehicle type approval.

    Italdesign CEO Jörg Astalosch said: “This is a very special day after extremely difficult weeks for everyone. After we had to renounce the world premiere at the Geneva motor show, and after the partial stop of our production activities due to Covid-19, in early May we returned 100% operative and can confirm the delivery of the first cars between the end of this year and early 2021, as planned."

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  3. technom3

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    I don't think they had buyers.
  4. Tegethoff

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    Nismo uploaded this to YouTube last week, looks like a Nismo R35 chassis, but specifically references the R50 By Italdesign


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