Nissan GTR

Designed to rival Porsche and Ferrari with speeds exceeding 300km/hr and an acceleration of 0 to 100km/hr in 2.8 seconds, Nissan GTR is the ultimate Japanese super car. With a design that is uniquely Japanese; square, angular and blunt, made to resemble the Gundam robots, as opposed to the conventional slick design of western super cars, the GTR has managed to challenge the theories of car design and aerodynamics.

The film takes the viewer inside the Nissan megafactory, the size of 600 football pitches, to observe all the stages of manufacturing up to testing. A detailed look into what gives the GTR its super car qualities from weight distribution, gear design and suspension to the engine, hand crafted by only 4 master craftsmen in the world appropriately given the title Takumi (Japanese word meaning artisan).

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  1. Why is that “Busted!” it was true!

  2. Nissan have a history of amazing engineering; for example the N15 Pulsar VZR N1 had a hand finished engine which held the record for the highest output per unit volume of any N/A production car in the world for years. Unfortunately, while it was popular with race teams in Japan the fact that it was a 1.6 litre hatchback and cost more than a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution when new meant they only sold @535 units of the VZR N1. This attitude of quality engineering regardless of the cost or model of the car meant that they could not compete in terms of profit per unit sold with many other manufactuers who favoured shiney boxes over quality engineering. Nissan were wrong, most consumers had little interest in quality and little understanding of the value of precision engineering in a basic car. This is trully why Nissan almost went bankrupt and why they have produced 1 interesting car (the R35) since the millenium. They were naive enough to think a well engineered product would speak for itself and that substance was more important than style, marketing and advertising.