Nissan developed the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO to be the pinnacle of the iconic nameplate for maximum performance. The engine was upgraded, its aerodynamics further enhanced & weight was shed through the meticulous use of exotic materials.
However when the time came to document the newest Nissan super sports car in its natural habitat – on the track – there was one problem.
How to film it?
Enter Mauro Calo, a professional precision driver & automotive video expert known for his work on big-budget blockbuster movies & automotive TV shows who had the perfect solution – use another GT-R! While Nissan helped locate a suitable GT-R to be transformed into a purpose-built camera car, Calo was already working on the design. Once the car arrived, Calo & his team fitted a bespoke tubular structure that was welded to the chassis & able to hold the weight of the professional carbon-fiber gimbal camera mounting system.
Until Calo realised his ambition of developing the ultimate high-speed camera car, the vehicle of choice for this type of filming would be a high-performance SUV. However SUVs lack the speed or agility to follow the world’s fastest performance cars on track. Thanks to its low center of gravity, adjustable sports suspension & four-seater configuration. The R35 GT-R is the perfect base car to accommodate a camera rig of this type. Once the performance of the twin-turbo 3.8 V6 is deployed via the advanced all-wheel drive system – it’s easy to see why Calo chose it. Calo said :
“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. 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”.