How Italdesign Builds the Nissan GT-R50 Almost Entirely by Hand

The 50th anniversary tribute to the Nissan GT-R gets its shape from Italdesign's master body formers, hammering sheetmetal by hand.

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In the three years since the Giugiaro family sold its remaining stock in Italdesign to Audi, all we've seen from the company has been electric concepts like the Geo sedan and the GTZERO shooting brake, and limited edition supercars based on the Lamborghini Huracán. But just when we thought the Turin-based legend was destined to work exclusively on Volkswagen projects from now on, Nissan debuted the GT-R50 by Italdesign. And at over a million dollars, this ultra-limited swan song for the R35-generation Nissan super-coupe is quite the creation.

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How Italdesign creates such a special edition is truly fascinating. Past meet presents as experienced panel beaters use their custom tools to re-body the Nismo-tuned coupé, while the interior team makes sure the carryover Nissan parts fit seamlessly with Italdesign's new carbon fiber bits.

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Where their trusty hammers can't help, 3D printing comes into play, allowing for the GT-R50's wild taillights and complicated shapes. With the hard points of the car already set, designers often have to make compromises. But Italdesign doesn't seem to be cutting corners. For the price Nissan is asking for one of these, buyers will get a truly hand-built sports car packing 720 GT3-based horsepower. That's not a bad farewell to the R35, the supercar-beater that first wowed the world over eleven years ago.

(You'll have to turn on captions in this video, unless of course you speak Italian.)

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