Nissan's Takumi Master Craftsmen Hand-Build GT-R Engine

By | September 18, 2013
The word takumi has been used by the Japanese to describe master craftsmen, so it is only fitting that the team of four master craftsmen who hand-build the Nissan GT-R engines receive such a title. These men are at the top of their profession and have perfected their skills over years of hard work and dedication. The takumi share over 100 years of combined experience and have chosen to apply their skills to hand-build the GT-R engine. This 545 horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 engine found in both production and racing models are carefully assembled solely by this four-man team. GT-R owners have made their way to the assembly plant in Yokohama, Japan to meet these four men. Late-night talk show host Jay Leno has also taken the trip to shake the hands of the men who hand-built the engine under the hood of his GT-R. To mark their skills, the takumi place a badge imprinted with their name on the engine itself as a stamp of approval. These badges represent the level of craftsmanship and expertise that went into creating each engine. Watch the video below to hear from the four master craftsmen just what it takes to hand-build these iconic engines and how they have earned the designation of takumi. Source: Nissan
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