Video: Watch the ItalDesign GT-R50 in action at Goodwood
The Italdesign GT-R50, essentially a modified Nissan GT-R, just made its public debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The bespoke supercar was driven on the historic race track and, as expected, it looks even better in motion than in the official photos.
The Nissan GT-R50 Is the Most Exciting and Powerful GT-R Ever!
Almost 11 years old as of 2018, the Nissan GT-R is pretty long in the tooth. And, even though sales have dropped dramatically in recent years, Nissan is still keeping the supercar into production with mild upgrades. With a new-generation model underway, the Japanese firm teamed up with Italdesign to build the most extreme GT-R to date. It’s called the GT-R50 and will make its debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.
Plenty of skilled drivers are happy to live life on the edge. A select few even take that literally. At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, stunt driver Terry Grant took to the famous track in a 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS, and drove the entire 1.16-mile course with two wheels in the air. Like a wheel-lifting Volkswagen GTI taken to extremes, the bone-stock Juke Nismo RS navigated the course with its passenger-side wheels in the air, and completed it in two minutes and ten seconds.
The stunt set a Guinness World Record for the fastest two-wheeled mile. The video has to be seen to be believed. Usually two-wheeled stunts are performed in a straight line, which limits the distance, but Grant takes the Juke Nismo RS around a rather twisty and technical course without drama. Please note: this is not the best way to conserve rubber during a race!
The stunt’s intent was partly to draw attention to the unveiling of the 2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 concept, which was teased before Goodwood. As expected, the sequel to the insane Juke-R is thematically the same, with the 600-horsepower V6 from the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo stuffed into the Juke’s diminutive body. The Juke’s updated styling has been be-spoilered and be-finned similar to the Juke-R, with new panels that are equal parts functional and flashy. The Juke-R 2.0 concept took to the hillclimb track at Goodwood with Le Mans LM P1 driver Jann Mardenborough at the wheel.
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Four years have passed since Nissan blew our minds with the amazingly awesome Juke-R Concept. As if the idea of cramming the running gear of a 2012 GT-R under the quirky body of the Nissan Juke wasn’t good enough, though, Nissan’s engineering and motorsports teams are at it again. Meet the Nissan Juke-R 2.0. Equipped with the latest performance of both the GT-R NISMO and the updated styling of the 2015 Juke, the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 continues to be the world’s only crossover supercar.
The Nissan Juke-R 2.0 will be unveiled this weekend at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and like the first Juke-R, this concept will not be a static display. When it isn’t lounging around at the Goodwood Supercar Paddock, the Juke-R 2.0 will be making hill climb runs with Nissan Le Mans 24 Hours driver Jann Mardenborough behind the wheel.
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Records are always meant to be broken. It’s just that some take longer than others. That’s a nice tenet to hold on to when talking about a recent record-breaking lap time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed involving the Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack. The Japanese supercar not only made an incredible impression at Goodwood, but it also stamped its authority on the event’s existing supercar record lap time by completely obliterating it.
The record-setting lap time was set at the event’s Michelin Supercar run. 2011 GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, was behind the wheel of the GT-R Time Attack when it set the blistering lap time of 49.27 seconds, beating out the Noble M600 for the record lap.That’s an incredible achievement for a young man whose only racing experience came in the form of video games.
Making Mardenborough’s lap time all the more impressive was how he was able to navigate the GT-R Time Attack to a faster lap time than some pretty incredible supercars driven by the likes of former F1 drivers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan.
Think the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Pagani Huayra, and the McLaren P1 posted faster lap times than the GT-R ’Time Attack’?
None of them did.
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Okay, it is odd enough to say that the Nissan Leaf is running at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it’s even odder to say that it actually set a lap record there. This strange record set at Goodwood was the fastest time up the famed hill while driving in reverse. That’s right; they drove the entire 1-mile Goodwood hill in reverse.
There are some people in this world that have a hard enough time backing out of their driveways, let alone driving a mile in reverse. Then again, many years ago, I had a friend drive his 1980’s Civic CRX in reverse the entire 3-mile trek home, after his transmission got stuck in reverse gear.
In order to set this record, the team that worked with Terry Grant, the lucky driver stuck taking on this task, actually removed the reverse speed limiter, so he could essentially drive the Leaf in reverse just as fast as he could. Well, he definitely didn’t hit top speed, as his best time came in at 1:53, which equals out to an average speed of about 30 mph.
That’s still an insane feat, though, as driving a car in reverse at 30 mph is definitely not a simple thing, but to traverse the Goodwood’s twisting track is a completely different animal. Hats off to Terry Grant and his team for coming up with such an insane idea and actually executing it.
You can see one of the videos of this stunt above and the other two can be found after the jump.