The first few images of the Nissan GT-R50 Italdesign out in the wild is coming from Goodwood. Without a doubt it is already getting plenty of attention, particularly when it is being driven on the famed uphill track. Sure, it is moving nowhere near its full potential, but we hope that’s coming later during the weekend and the 711bhp twin-turbo V6 gets to sing.
In case you’re familiar with the driver’s face and yet can’t remember who Lucas Ordonez is, this is the guy who just a few years ago was more familiar with racing using gaming consoles. Yes, 33-year old Lucas is a winner of the PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo competition that earned him a spot to race ‘for reals’. The Spaniard did very well in the 2009 GT4 European Cup and since then has even competed in Le Mans as a Nissan works driver, as well as competing in the FIA GT championship.
And now he is driving a roughly €900,000 concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a car that’s very possible to make it to limited production. Also getting some time driving the GT-R50 by Italdesign will be Nissan works GT3 colleague Alex Buncombe.
The GT-R50 by Italdesign is a first-ever collaboration between the two companies and built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of both the GT-R (in 2019), and Italdesign in 2018.