"Handbuilt by Takumi Kurosawa," a nameplate you can find on Nissan GT-R engine blocks, describes the actions of one of four takumi who build VR38 engines for the Japanese supercar. Each of Nissan's four artisans ensure that every twin-turbo V6 receives the utmost in care and feeding from the moment each component enters the clean room for assembly.

Takumi Kurosawa is the lead engine builder for Nissan's halo car, and he is joined by three others, Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu and Tsunemi Oyama. The men clearly take great pride in their work, and they should, being the only four people at Nissan sanctioned to put their names on a car.

"By putting our nameplates on GT-R engines it gives us pressure in a positive way," says Tsunemi Oyama.

Kurosawa states that any skilled person can learn how to build a GT-R engine in three or four months, but, with 100 years of factory experience between the four takumi, they have learned how to inspect parts for quality before assembly starts and can guarantee precise fitments for each engine built – important in a car that can be used for grocery shopping and lapping a racetrack on the same day.

All the magic takes place at Nissan's Yokohama plant, where the company was established. For your enjoyment, Nissan has made a couple of behind-the-scenes videos, which you can watch below.




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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      The World would be a much better place if everyone treated each other with the respect that seems to come from every Japanese person I've ever met. You can tell it isn't a job for these guys, it's their calling in life and they are honored to have the opportunity.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        They do take their jobs seriously. Even the guy who is pushing buttons inside the elevator looks like he is 100% into his job. In America, the people doing entry level type jobs look and sound like they can't wait to go home.
        AP1_S2K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        yea from cab drivers, dishwashers, CEO, sushi chefs, to a McDonalds employee it's like that in Japan.
      Nick B
      • 1 Year Ago
      The real four horsemen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwypN3YI4m0
      Red-eye
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a eclipes front end on a nissan altima. That is what a $30K supercar should look like. Why can't America get a super engine that has 300-450hp and can get 40-60mpg? And make it look cool and be affordable. Remember the Taurus SHO with the V6 220hp Yamaha motor? Or the mazda rx8 rotary motor? If Honda can get 200hp from their S2000 motor and Porche and make motors with twin turbos and over 600hp why can't America build a decent motor? And NO, a huge V8 with alot of cubic inches and 400hp does not count when you are only getting 20mpg. Pontiac had something back in 1984 with the Fiero. Plastic rust free, dent free, bolt on body panels. Just needed better handling, suspension, brakes, and way better interior and a great motor.
        72CJ5driver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Red-eye
        I almost spit my coffee on to you screen when you said \"rust free\" and \"fiero\" in the same sentence. It was amost as funny when you lauded the RX8 rotary for gas mileage and power. I have to assume that this is satire and this guys is hilarious!
        LLL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Red-eye
        your an ldiot V8 equipped American beat Porsche Nissan ferarri Aston MArtin Jaguar and any other low displacement engine min that list in fuel economy PLUS with TWO turbos would make several times what that hot-rodded Renault engine makes. the truth hurts Euro?jap fanboys not to mention, world domination on the race tracks...
          Wally SirFatty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LLL
          Yes, he's the idiot. Learn to spell you inbred hillbilly. Hint: you're not your.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Red-eye
        You asked why can't America make a 300-450hp car that gets 40-60mpg? Do you know ANYTHING about cars? Learn a little more before you sprout nonsense. NOBODY can make a 300-450hp car that gets 40-60mpg. Not even close.
          savvybynature
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          We are getting there.... the new Corvette can do 30MPG w/ a 450hp V8.
          mawhalen53
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Hate to be that guy, but... Tesla. Apples and oranges obviously
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          @Savvy, you mean the new Corvette can make 450hp OR get 30mpg. You have to use the hypermiling 7th gear at low rpm to get that. Power still costs gas mileage. That's just physics.
      Rollk
      • 1 Year Ago
      does nissan not offer a dental plan for employees?
        engr00
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rollk
        If you know anything about the Japanese culture, and obviouisly you dont, and I guess not any other culture as well, you would know that old ways of thinking in Japan was not to correct teeth for cosmetic reasons. If there was a real problem, e.g. pain related, they would get it fixed. Now go back to you porch couch and pop open nother beer.
      Car enthusiast
      • 1 Year Ago
      Type your comment hereEven if you hate this car, you have to respect what it can do. Big ups to Nissan for setting the bar for new sports cars. Still waiting for Toyota's and Honda's response....
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car enthusiast
        A company is run for the purpose of making money, cars like the GT-R don't make much money for the company if any at all. Toyota and Honda care about selling their cheaper cars, which they do a goddamn great jobs of doing, that is what matters. Toyota sold 100,000 more Camrys in the US last year than Nissan sold Altimas, that is what they care about. Nissan sold 1200 GT-Rs last year, you really think they give a crap about this car past it being a nice little toy and the bragging rights that come with it?
          Ben Mathis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jonathan Wayne
          There's a reason it's called a "halo car"
          Wally SirFatty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jonathan Wayne
          Oh grow a sack. Your beloved Corvette was a loss leader for decades. Just recently it has started to turn a profit.
      Toxic
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Yaman Ahmed
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have tons of respect for these hard working men.
      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, it takes forever to say something in Japanese.
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes. They should abort the GT-R heritage and name plate because only an Infiniti badge could justify the price tag of the car. No its performance. Not its history. Not its numerous awards and features in many articles. You are dumb and I hope you don't work in the automotive world because I'm sure you have some other equally brilliant ideas like perhaps turning the Ford Mustang into a SUV because they sell more SUVs every year than mustangs. Stay working as a sandwich artist, thx.
      digitam4m
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad most Americans will not appreciate it. Regardless of the 0-60 time and the lower coefficient drag, it is still a Nissan in most American eyes. Not sure why that is a bad thing, but to Americans it is. Maybe if they drop a V8 in it or put some spinning dubs... something to cater to the muscle heads or the rich athletes to make the name known, then they might appreciate it for what it is.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish we could clone Carlos Ghosn and put him as CEO of every car company and see what happens. Im sure there would be a hell of a competition.
      • 1 Year Ago
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