Nissan GTR Takumi Engine Builders

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Only four men have ever built the R35 Nissan GTR’s VR38 engine block. THey are known as Takumi or master craftsman.

They are:

  • Takumi Kurosawa
  • Tsunemi Ooyama
  • Izumi Shioya
  • Nobumitsu Gozu

Each engine is built at the Yokohama plant, the four Takumi share over 100 years of experience. Whether its for a road car or the fire breathing GT3 race cars, they build the engines that power them.

Every engine they build bears a plaque with their name on it, many GTR owners have visited the Yokohama plant to meet the Takumi who built their engine, even Jay Leno has made the pilgrimage.

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Once each engine is built it gets dynoed and put through torque and speed checks. After that it is run on a brake in cycle of 1 hour. From that point each engine is packaged up and sent to Nissan’s biggest factory Tochigi. Around 27 engines are made each day by the 4 Takumi.

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