• Oct 21, 2008
Click above to watch National Geographic's Inside episode on the Nissan GT-R

Over four years ago, National Geographic approached Nissan to see if it could follow the development of a vehicle from conception to production for its "Inside" series. Nissan's response, "We've got something for you. It's called the GT-R."

So after signing the world's thickest NDA, National Geographic's film crew was afforded unprecedented access to Nissan's design, engineering and manufacturing facilities, along with spending time at the test track and with Nissan/Renault's rock-star CEO and Manga-hero, Carlos Ghosn. The 47-minute documentary covers almost every aspect of the GT-R's development, although it's slightly dumbed-down and thoroughly over-dramatized for mass consumption. Despite that, it's an entertaining trip, and watching Ghosn almost get sick in the passenger seat of a GT-R development mule makes it even more appealing.

Make the jump to check it out.





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      • 6 Years Ago
      kinda funny how in the vid it ran 7:38 and then shaved almost 10 seconds off that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A .27 drag coefficient is amazing. The body is at least functional
      Ghosn is a true leader. He takes measured risks and sets realistic expectations for his company and employees. His goal was not to outsell Porsche or make a Porsche clone. He wanted to establish a rivalry again with the Porsche. The GtR is uniquely Nissan and uniquely Japanese. Love it or hate it but the performance is undeniable. The GTR was first shot over the bow. I think he got their attention. This rivalry will play out over years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will they show when the Nissan marketing department thought the original sketches of the GT-R were too good looking and it would be better if they made the car more ugly? This thing is as attractive as a Citroen 2-CV. Actually, the 2-CV might just beat it.

      Well, I guess the real Godzilla is pretty ugly also...
      • 6 Years Ago
      anyone see when they are in the boardroom planning the car launch that the blog they show is none other than autoblog?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any one notice that when they mentioned the release of the GT-R's new logo they cut to a shot of a laptop with Autoblog on it. 28:00 minutes in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      for those of you who can't see the viddler link anymore, i did some digging and someone over at NAGTROC (thread: http://www.nagtroc.org/forums/index.php?s=cae4075c978db4b8cc49ee2ca20641fc&showtopic=25381) uploaded to megaupload =)

      http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WZZUBGF7
      crisp7507
      • 6 Years Ago
      yeah, this is gay. i can't find the vid ANYWHERE!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, when will this air? I want to watch it in HD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks for the info!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although I liked the doc. I don't understand why they use certain shots 5, 6, to many times... I get that they want to compare the car to the 911, we have been told that 60 seconds in.. don't need reminding every 5 min... discovery channel is famous for this as well.. sigh.. lets blame it on the commercials.

        • 6 Years Ago
        It's cut for commercials.
      • 6 Years Ago
      after seeing so manny videos like this. i admire almost any car except the Aztec. they all have a process and a goal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In defense of the Aztek, it's goal wasn't to look good. It was to put FUNCTION in front of form, and honestly, I think it did that. It's a vehicle built around what most SUV owners ACTUALLY need, instead of overly powerful (inefficient) engines and offroad abilities. Instead, it is better than most SUVs on the road, has plenty of cargo space with neat pockets all over, can tow small boats or ATVs, gets better MPG than most SUVs, and has cool features like that pop up tent. So... in that respect, the Aztek is a success. I'd much rather drive one than some stupid Yukon Denali or Escalade.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did anyone else see the Autoblog post at about 28:01 with the new GT-R logo?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not to mention that one guy that's named Hiro Nakamura, LOL
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, you beat me to it! At 28:00 in, they've got a laptop with Autoblog open! =D Awesome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I JUST saw that to!
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