It’s too bad that we’re not going to see it come to life

So, the Nissan GT-R50 is no longer a pipe dream. It’s going to be built in limited quantities as a special-edition supercar brought to us by Nissan and Italdesign. Naturally, news of the GT-R50’s imminent arrival has sent everyone in a tizzy, including designer Rain Prisk, who quickly took inspiration from the stunning supercar and created his interpretation of what the GT-R50 could look like if it took the form of a mid-engine supercar.

A mid-engined version of the Nissan GT-R50 isn’t happening so absorb as much as you can from Prisk’s rendering. It’s probably the closest we’ll ever come to see a GT-R in this kind of layout. Which is a pity because Prisk’s work is incredible.

Mid-Engined GT-R50 Rendering by Rain Prisk

Quickly tried to turn the stunning GT-R50 into a mid engined supercar. What would you think if Nissan makes the next generation GTR a mid-engined car?

Posted by Rain Prisk on Sunday, December 8, 2019

Part of what makes a good car rendering is the creativity behind it. An artist has to envision and create something unique, or at least something unexpected. When Tesla released the Cybertruck, artists immediately went hog-wild creating different interpretations of the all-electric truck. But the really creative ones went beyond the traditional scope of the renderings. One of the best ones we saw was a rendering of a Tesla SUV in the design of the Cybertruck. That’s going out of the box.

When it comes to the Nissan GT-R50, designers can go in several different ways to create unique renderings. A rendering of a convertible version of the GT-R50 would’ve been the default way to go about it, but Prisk thought of something different.

He created a rendering of a GT-R50 with a mid-engine layout. The result is what you’d expect it to be. It’s a masterclass in creative rendering.
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The first thing you’ll notice is the GT-R50’s different proportions. Mid-engine cars typically have different proportions than front-engined vehicles. It’s evident in Prisk’s rendering. Mid-engine cars flaunt bigger rear sections than their front-engine counterparts to account for the engine placement and all the technical and mechanical pieces that come with it.

That’s a big reason Prisk’s rendering of the GT-R50 looks more like a supercar than the front-engine version. The engine placement also requires more air ducts in its near vicinity. That’s why you see the supercar-like vents on the sides of Prisk’s rendering. You won’t see that in the real-life production model that Nissan plans to release early in 2020. Having the engine at the back also means that Prisk’s rendering is effectively a two-seater model. That’s two fewer seats compared to the real-life, front-engine GT-R50.

With the engine in the back, Prisk has more leeway to design a front section that abides by the existing design of the GT-R50 while adding a few aesthetic touches for good measure. Prisk could have opted for a shorter hood to make his rendering look unique, but he stuck with a long sloping hood that drops into an entirely identical front bumper setup. I don’t know what use those radiator grilles will have now that the engine is sitting in the back, but I suppose it could be used for vanity and aesthetic reasons. The sleek headlights and the massive diffuser panel that’s integrated into the front bumper remain unchanged.

Rain Prisk Just Envisioned the Nissan GT-R50 as a Mid-Engine Car and It's Perfect
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The side profile of Prisk’s mid-engine GT-R50 rendering provides most of the significant changes. You’ll notice that it sits closer to the ground compared to the real GT-R50. There’s barely enough space for the larger wheels to fit, though that’s also a byproduct of the mid-engine GT-R50 sporting wider wheel arches. We don’t get to see the rear section of the Prisk’s rendering, but it’s nice that the supercar’s large rear wing remains intact.

Truth be told, Prisk’s rendering looks a tad like a cross between a Lamborghini and the Audi R8.

That’s not an indictment on the artist’s work, but it’s clear that in creating a mid-engine version of the GT-R50, the end result is going to look less like a GT-R and more like a European supercar.

Either way, Prisk’s work is stunning.

Don’t expect Nissan to start thinking about developing a mid-engined version of the GT-R, though. That’s not happening, at least as far as this generation of Godzilla is concerned. As for the next-gen GT-R? Well, that’s where we start clamouring Nissan to build one. Can you imagine a mid-engine Nissan GT-R that features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine with 710 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque on tap? That would elevate Godzilla into full-blown supercar status.

2020 Nissan GT-R50 By Italdesign specifications
Engine Twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6
Horsepower 710 hp @ 7,100 rpm
Torque 575 pound-feet @ 3,600 rpm
Drivetrain Layout Front-/mid-engine, AWD
Transmission Reinforced dual-clutch sequential 6-speed
Suspension Bilstein DampTronic I
Brakes Brembo 6-pot front, Brembo 4-pot rear
Wheels 21 inches by 10 inches front, 21 inches by 10.5 inches rear
Tire Compound Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Tire Size 255/35R21 front, 285/30R21 rear
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