Well the GTR50 was a particularly complex process as we wanted to stay truthful to the history and heritage of the Nissan GTR. In essence the GT-R is a brick. It’s a big car with its own unique style. It’s not a thing a of beauty, dare I say, and certain aspects of it teeter on the edge of being ugly.
Additionally, we deal with the fact that this car will have a 700+ horsepower engine, which will make the rear end of the car lift at 200kph and can send you into a wall. So, it will need downforce. When designing a performance car, we do have some tricks up our sleeves.
For instance, we wanted to reduce the aerodynamic resistance in the front of the original car. That is why it’s much more open. It allows air to travel through the front of the car and exit at the side vents. We lowered the roofline by 45mm because it reduces the forward drag. In order to keep its bottom down, the car needed a wing. This is a design element that I really wanted to add because it goes so well with the Nismo DNA and Japanese design and pop culture. It reminds me of these Gundam robots: slightly intimidating in size, upright and separated from the car’s bodywork.