Nissan Still Builds GT-R Engines By Hand
Nissan is extremely proud of its Nissan GT-R, as seen by how much effort the automaker has put into promoting the vehicle in the wake of its recent redesign. While every Nissan vehicle has been engineered with quality and longevity in mind, the Nissan GT-R pays special attention to power and sophistication as well. To keep the Nissan GT-R one of the highest-quality vehicles on the market for the price range, Nissan has decided that each engine will still be built by hand in its Yokohama plant.
The individualized attention each engine receives isn’t new, as the engines have been hand-built since the vehicle entered production 10 years ago. Five elite engineers, called Takumi, are allowed to build the engines, and the position in the plant is a high honor. GT-R owners can determine which of the Takumi built their engine by opening their hood and taking a look at the engine itself. Each Takumi finishes an engine by affixing a plaque with their name on it.
Among all five Takumis, they reportedly have more than 100 years of automotive experience. The engines are put together in a special clean room, and each one takes about six hours to assemble, from using their hands to apply seals to calculating gaps in the crankshaft. Takumis claim to use all of their senses when building an engine, and that’s what makes their work superior to a robot’s. There has been no word from Nissan about which senses are used, though, so we don’t think one of those is taste.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the recently revealed Nissan GT-R and the hard work of these skilled craftsmen.
News Source: CarScoops