It had to be one of the strangest places I’ve ever been for a new car unveiling; Nissan decided that the best place to see the new GT-R was in a vast – and immaculately new – underground car park.
The car park was hidden away in Tokyo’s bay area and the only access to it was an anonymous silver block with a single door.
A couple of hundred journalists were crammed into one place to see the covers pulled off in semi-gloom, before being invited to walk around an extensive exhibition that stripped the car right back until all of its extraordinary technology was revealed.
I spent a happy hour talking to the engineers and admiring the attention that’s gone into creating the mighty steel chassis. It was also an eye-opener to see the GT-R’s four-wheel drive transaxle set-up – probably a first in the history of the automobile. This car has two propshafts.
Put simply, the set-up has a large carbon fibre propshaft running from the engine to the rear-mounted transmission. There’s then another propshaft, which runs from the transmission, back to the GT-R’s front axle, from where it drives the front wheels.