TodayOctober 21, 2021

Kazutoshi Mizuno, chief engineer Nissan GT-R

“We are in the presence of a legend” is how one Nissan representative introduced Kazutoshi Mizuno, chief engineer for the Nissan GT-R. Mizuno has been working on the GT-R since 1995 and says he still wants to modify the GT-R to make it “more better, more better”. Mizuno is said to have picked the team to help him design and manufacture the Nissan GT-R.

Mizuno takes us through the entire car, highlighting the two compartments: the driver’s cockpit and the luxury of the passenger seating, with “handbag or leather coat” feel.

He takes pride in the new carbon fiber piece that was produced by Toray company. Toray produces sixty percent of the carbon fiber in the world, and has an agreement with Nissan to start producing carbon fiber pieces for their cars. The piece is lightweight, but sturdy, in case of an accident, something Mizuno says he has not experienced in the car as of yet.

What was the most difficult part of building this car for Mizuno? The mind set, the thought process of the developers. It was easy to get the people to change car parts, but it was more difficult to get them to understand that this was a totally different car.

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

2 Comments

  1. alex Reply

    I have 4 nissan utes. 2 of which a twin cab. We use them on farm and travel long distance on sputh australian roads.
    We had to fit bull bars on all nissans. The oldest twon cabs are 1997 d22 model. We put bull bat on one and not the other but bot the same they scrub out the front tyres. No one or alignment has been able to fix this problem.
    We live 1000kms from where we bought our nrand new nissans and all the same they all needed new fromt tyres. I heard on the tv program “ultimate factories” that nissan has much pride intheir product. Lost it on this model and the 2000, 2004.
    Why has this very expensive problem never been fixed???

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