Rare and very special GT-Rs join 2017 model at Festival of Motoring

Hakosuka GT-R, Liberty Walk R35s and virtual GT-Rs on show

Rosslyn, South Africa, 29 August 2016 – One of the world’s fastest and most iconic families will be meeting up at the 1st Festival of Motoring at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit later this week.

1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R "Hakosuka" Rare and very special GT-Rs join 2017 model at Festival of Motoring

After confirming that it will launch the brand new Nissan GT-R at the Festival of Motoring (FoM), Nissan can today confirm that it will showcase the most comprehensive selection of GT-Rs ever on show in South Africa. This includes several custom models and every generation of GT-R ever built.

Taking centre stage will be the new Nissan GT-R in the exclusive new Blaze Metallic Orange. The new model will arrive in South Africa only days before the FoM, and the first shipments to local customers and collectors will start immediately after the show.

“This will be the only opportunity to view the new GT-R up close, as the first shipment of models has already been sold. The good news is that a few lucky visitors will not only be able to see and touch the new GT-R, but will experience the car as a co-diver at race speeds around Kyalami,” says Xavier Gobille, Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Nissan South Africa.

The tyres for the GT-R Track Experience are proudly supplied by Dunlop, which has developed the GT-R’s Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST ultra-high performance tyres with RunOnFlat technology.

Joining the 2017 GT-R is a very rare selection of pristine GT-Rs spanning every past generation of GT-R, stretching back to the first KPGC10 Hakosuka model.

1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R "Hakosuka" Rare and very special GT-Rs join 2017 model at Festival of Motoring

Apart from the GT-R Hakosuka, the GT-R Heritage Display will also feature an R32, R33 and R34 GT-R, all in race-ready condition. This is the first time that all of these models will be on display next to the new generation R35 model in South Africa.

“To view every generation of GT-R is a unique privilege and it allows visitors to see the design and engineering DNA that has been carried over from the first KPGC10 model, which saw the light at the end of the Sixties,” says Gobille.

Also on show are a couple of very special Liberty Walk GT-Rs from the experts at Race!, a local high-end vehicle conversion specialist that has received global acclaim for their Liberty Walk conversions, including from Liberty Walk themselves.

Liberty Walk is a Japanese supercar specialist that practices “kaiza” or remodelling. This means that Liberty Walk GT-Rs do not simply look different, they are reborn into wider, lower and even more menacing supercars than the standard model.

“The Liberty Walk GT-Rs on show at the FoM will be truly special. Apart from the Liberty Walk upgrades and customary flared fenders, they have custom-designed additions, such as unique bonnet designs and Race!’s own hydraulically adjusted coil-over suspension,” says Marco Casciani, founder and owner of Race!

Visitors to Nissan’s display will not only be able to experience the GT-Rs in the metal, but will be able to race around some of the world’s best race tracks in virtual reality. To do this, Nissan has created a virtual racing experience, where visitors can put on a digital headset and get behind the wheel of an R35 GT-R. Samsung is the proud sponsor of this Virtual Racing Experience.

Nissan will also use the FoM to celebrate its global sponsorship of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and have invited their Ambassadors of Excitement, Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn, to join the festivities. Guests will be able to chat to the two about their cricketing careers, while Dale Steyn, himself a GT-R driver, will be on hand to talk about his love for this supercar.