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Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign in action at Goodwood

By Chris Thompson, 13 Jul 2018 News

The GT-R50 isn’t just about its concept car styling

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign in action at Goodwood

Revealed only a couple of weeks ago, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign has already made its ‘dynamic debut’ in front of onlookers at Goodwood.

Despite looking like a concept car, the GT-R50 has proven itself functional during a quick run up Lord March’s 1.86km driveway.

Behind the wheel was Nissan factory GT3 racer Lucas Ordóñez, though fellow Nissan GT3 racer Alex Buncombe also took it for a spin.

The re-imagining of the GT-R is a dedication to the 50th anniversaries of both Nissan’s GT-R badge in 2019, and renowned design firm Italdesign in 2018. Based on the R35 GT-R, only 50 will be built, and pricing is set to begin at €900,000 (directly converted to AUD$1.4m).

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The 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 now makes an extra 88kW over the GT-R Nismo, bringing outputs to 529kW/780Nm. The GT-R50 also sports chassis upgrades such as revised Bilstein suspension, and drivetrain improvements to cope with the extra power.

Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president of global design, says the driveway at Goodwood is the perfect place to debut the GT-R50, given the anniversaries for Nissan and Italdesign, as well as the history and prestige associated with Goodwood.

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"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," Albaisa says.

"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."