Italdesign is a design and engineering company located in Italy with automotive roots that date back to 1968. The company recently announced a new project to celebrate it’s 50th year anniversary. The interesting thing is that this also marks the 50th anniversary for the GTR, also known as the Datsun Skyline back in 1968. The prototype they built is based on a 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO.
The prototype Nissan GT-R50 was fully developed by Italdesign using specs created at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America. Italdesign is currently owned by Lamborghini, a part of the Volkswagen Group making this partnership very unique and strange in some ways. Never before as Italdesign worked directly on or with the Nissan brand, so its hard to say if this is a one time thing or long term relationship in the works. Either way, this is an exciting step for both companies.
In terms of looks, the GT-R50 is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with Energetic Sigma Gold accents. For the interior, two different carbon fibers have been used together with Alcantara and black leather. The front hood also gets a bigger bulge and the roofline sites slightly lower than factory spec. The car is also equipped with new tailpipes and a noticeably larger adjustable wing.
For those interested in ordering one, this is not your typical Nissan GT-R for sale.
Nissan’s senior vice president Alfonso Albaisa for global design said: “How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it? This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R. So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership. 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.”