Meet the high-speed Nissan GT-R camera car that was used to film the new 2020 GT-R Nismo in action. Nissan calls this beast “the ultimate camera car”.
We all know we need a super fast car to film another supercar in action. And that’s what Nissan did when it partnered with world-renowned precision driver Mauro Calo to film the 2020 GT-R Nismo in action.
The GT-R was provided by Nissan, but the modifications was done by precision driver Calo and his Automotive Exposure label.
Calo and his team welded a custom-built tubular framework to the chassis of the GT-R to accommodate the carbon-fiber gimbal camera system.
But the question is : Why a choose to modify a GT-R when almost every other high profile chase relies on performance SUVs?
Well according to Mauro 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,”
Calo also added that the GT-R’s abilities was one of the main reasons for choosing the supercar.
“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.”
After the camera rig has been mounted on the car, Calo — who was behind the wheel, a director, a gimbal operator, and a focus puller — used the GT-R camera car to film a 2020 GT-R Nismo in action around the Lausitzring racetrack in Brandenburg, Germany.
Still powering the camera car is the same 565 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 engine on the base Nissan GT-R. The engine allows the Nissan GT-R to hit 60 mph from a standstill in around 3 seconds.
Nissan calls the modified Nissan GT-R camera car “The Ultimate Camera Car“. The GT-R is one of several supercars that has received modifications and turned into camera cars.
We’ve also seen the Bugatti Chiron camera car used to film the Chiron racing from 0-249-0 mph; as well as the “World’s Fastest Camera Car”, the Lamborghini HuraCAM, that has a top speed of 125mph.
There is also a Mercedes GLE camera car that chased after Aston Martin’s DB5 during the filming of the upcoming James Bond film.