This year, Nissan rolled out the 2020 GT-R NISMO, complete with an updated engine and sharper aerodynamics. New turbochargers, the same ones currently deployed on the GT3 race car version of the GT-R, respond more quickly while a hefty dose of carbon fibre contributes to a roughly 20kg weight drop.
When it came time to film promotional videos and snap photos of their speedy new toy, Nissan looked at its corporate cupboard for something capable of keeping up with the GT-R NISMO. Their solution? Another GT-R.
Decked with filming gear and sprouting more appendages than a Frank Gehry building, the GT-R camera car is a purpose-built rig featuring a bespoke tubular structure welded to the chassis. This enables it to hold the weight of the professional carbon-fiber gimbal camera mounting system Nissan uses to take action and tracking shots.
One other piece to the puzzle? A man named Mauro Calo, a professional precision driver and automotive video expert known for his work on big-budget blockbuster movies and automotive TV shows’
“When I started to think about developing a high-performance camera car, I quickly realized that the Nissan GT-R was the only car that would meet my criteria,” said Calo. “It has supercar performance, with outstanding all-wheel drive handling and stability. It’s famously reliable, and it can seat the team I need to operate the camera system. There were no other contenders.”
The GT-R does technically have a back seat, one bisected by a deep centre console that precludes our ability to simply describe it as little more than an extravagantly upholstered parcel shelf. Legroom is at a premium, to say the least, especially when front seat riders are over six feet tall. However, Nissan says the GT-R camera car regularly houses four humans: one to operate the gimbal, a focus puller, the director, and Calo himself at the wheel. This car is surely one of the few GT-Rs in existence to regularly play host to a full house.
With choreography carefully planned and coordinated via radio, the two GT-Rs chased each other around the Lausitzring racetrack in Germany as part of the new NISMO’s introduction, capturing footage like only a GT-R can.
Nissan houses nearly 400 cars in its heritage collection, featuring a gamut of JDM classics. We think the company should find room in the Zama warehouse for this GT-R camera car once it finishes chasing its brothers around tracks in Japan.