Nissan is home to an elite group of craftsmen called the Takumi. A term that is reserved for those at the very top of their profession, these masters have refined their skills over many years, becoming leaders in their fields. In order to impress car enthusiasts around the world, Nissan has recently released some information about these individuals, and what they revealed is quite amazing.
At Nissan’s Takohama factory, Takumi Kurosawa, Tsunemi Ooyama, Izumi Shioya and Nobumitsu Gozu are the sole assemblers of the engines that power one of the most legendary sports cars on the market: the GT-R. Collectively they share over 100 years of experience in their fields, using their skills to craft every awe-inspiriting 500PS twin-turbocharged V-6 engine.
Every time an engine is produced, a Takumi craftsman mounts a plaque that bears their name, reminding the onlooker of the effort and the high level of craftsmanship that each vehicle goes through.
All this work is conducted in the Yokohama plant. “In its nearly eight decades in existence, it has produced more than 35 million engines, including the exceptionally-capable VR38 that powers the legendary GT-R.”
Nobuhiro Ozawa, Yokohama plant manager recently said that: “Yokohama is the plant where our company was established, and we’re proud to make Nissan’s flagship engine here. It represents the pinnacle of the Nissan brand. We adhere the nameplates of the Takumi who hand-built these engines and put their souls into each one with a sense of responsibility.”
The work conducted by the Takumi is so legendary that many tourists have visited them at the Yokohama plant. The most famous is American late-night television talk show host Jay Leno who made a special appearance to marvel at these extraordinary individuals.
In order to commemorate all the hard work done by the Takumi at the Yokohama plant, Nissan released a video, allowing everyone to experience what goes into each GT-R. Please click here to view the Takumi's hardwork for Nissan.