The Nissan GT-R got a new chief engineer this year and he hopes to increase production of the popular sports car.
Kinishi Tanuma replaces Kazutoshi Mizuno, who is often known as the “Father of the GT-R.” Though Tanuma isn’t as famous as Mizuno, he was involved with developing a 2001 concept GT-R that featured left-hand drive steering, hinting back then that the GT-R would finally be heading to North America.
Tanuma is also taking advantage of the fact that he isn’t as well known by heading to the U.S. to learn more about how dealerships and consumers perceive the GT-R. The U.S. is the largest market for the sports car.
Aside from gathering a better understanding of the vehicles faithfuls, his plan includes training a fifth takumi; the engine builders that hand-craft its engine.
As for improving the GT-R, Tanuma is well aware that “Americans love this kind of big power,” but he wants to give the GT-R more quality and more value. Additionally, more electronics are on the table to make the GT-R on the forefront of technology.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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