One-Off Nissan GT-R50 By Italdesign Celebrates Two Important Birthdays

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"So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership". The most important modification is the roofline that is now 54 millimeters lower than the original and features a lower center section and raised outer portions to "give the roof profile a muscular look". At the back, the quad circular tail lamps have been kept to identify it as a GT-R, but the curves around it have been created to make Godzilla more muscular to deliver a visually higher striking impact. Among the changes: new turbochargers from the GT-R GT3 race vehicle, larger intercoolers, tougher engine internals, stronger axles and a tougher dual-clutch transmission. The rear appears to have a separate modular element from the rest of the auto.

However, Nissan's senior vice president for global design added: 'Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way - wrapping one of Nissan's best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding'.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Nissan GT-R, as well as Italdesign, the two brands collaborate on this epic iteration of the iconic sports vehicle. Italdesign were tasked with the development and engineering of the prototype, as well as the actual build. Dubbed the GT-R50, this version has been engineered and developed by Italdesign, while the exterior and interior have been designed by and Nissan Design America and Nissan Design Europe in London.

Alcantara and leather upholstery is black is used on seats whereas gold details complements the exterior. Custom wheels - 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear - accentuate the car's bold stance. Larger turbos and intercoolers as well as upgrades the the fuel injectors and pistons help here, while the six-speed twin-clutch gearbox and differentials have also been tweaked to cope with the extra loads.

The special prototype also features a revised suspension with an adjustable damping system with a Brembo six-piston set up in front and four-piston rear brakes. The steering wheel is bespoke and lots of Alcantara is used for the seats and other surfaces along with gold accents inside the auto. Instead, Nissan describes it as a "GT-R without limits".

Inside, the gold theme continues with accents across the futuristic race-inspired dashboard, finished with a black Alcantara wrap and carbon fibre trim pieces. Michelin Pilot Super Sports finish off the handling upgrades.

But you'll also note the dramatic new gold surround framing the GT-R50's massive grille - that being being the appropriate color for celebrating a 50 anniversary.