To film a GT-R Nismo, only another GT-R will do.
We've seen some pretty crazy camera cars in our time, ranging from this crazy Lamborghini Huracan, and of course, the pick of the litter, that time Bugatti used a Chiron to film the Chiron racing from 0-249-0 mph. But those have generally not had to endure hours of track abuse filming one of the fastest track cars around in action. So how exactly do you film a Nissan GT-R Nismo tearing up the track? Well, you build a custom camera car from another Nissan GT-R. At least that's what Nissan did when they partnered with world-renowned precision driver Mauro Calo when it came time to film the GT-R Nismo in action.
The track-ready camera car underwent substantial modifications in order to be ready for filming, with Calo getting his team to equip the GT-R with a custom-built tubular framework, welded to the chassis, in order to accommodate the carbon-fiber gimbal camera system. But why a GT-R when almost every other high profile chase relies on performance SUVs?
Well according to Calo, the decision was easy. "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," says Calo, before waxing lyrical about the GT-R's abilities. "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."
With the rig fully set up, Calo used the GT-R camera car to film a 2020 GT-R Nismo in action around the Lausitzring racetrack in Brandenburg, Germany. He and his team made full use of the GT-R's abilities, not just in terms of performance, but also in terms of practicality. GT-R owners seldom make use of the rear seats of the GT-R, and we can't say we blame them, but when filming a high-profile video, a full crew needs to be inside the camera car: Calo at the wheel, a director, a gimbal operator, and a focus puller to ensure the footage comes out perfect.
Calo has had much experience with the GT-R, piloting it in various promotional videos and photoshoots, but this time, he's taken the GT-R's arsenal of abilities to a whole new level.