Takumi Kurosawa is Nissan’s lead engine builder for the GTR, and he is joined by three others, Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu and Tsunemi Oyama at Nissan’s Yokohama plant. Inside the engine bay of every Nissan GT-R built is a nameplate where you can find the names, of one of the four “Takumi” who build the VR38 engines for the Japanese supercar. Each of the four Nissan craftsmen ensure that every twin-turbo V6 receives the utmost care from the moment they lay their hands on the pieces.
“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.