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These Are the Men Who Build the Nissan GT-R

When it comes to building the Nissan GT-R's engine, no ordinary assembly line worker will do.

They call them Takumi, and they aren’t the regular type of engine builders. No, these highly skilled Japanese men are the ones who hand-build the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s the heart and soul of the Nissan GT-R. In fact, there are only four Takumi who are technically qualified to handle the task. These artisans are more than just mechanics. They don’t just assemble the engines, but they’re also responsible for judging part quality and guaranteeing precision.

One man is solely responsible for the complete assembly of one engine at a time, thus giving him the honor of placing a small plaque with his signature on the V6. Despite all of their years of experience, each Takumi still aims for absolute perfection.

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