We've seen Porsche Cayenne repurposed for camera cars (they tell us that's the "industry" standard) but if we're being honest the Hoonigan-built Corolla version photographer Larry Chen tooled around in was probably our favorite - until now. Nissan needed something similar or equal to its 600-hp GT-R NISMO in order to keep up with said GT-R NISMO for the purposes of getting some high-speed car-to-car footage, and it came up with this: an R35 GT-R NISMO camera car. The automaker then tapped pro hot shoe Mauro Calo to pilot the thing around the Lausitzring in Germany to play a game of cat and mouse with the 2020 GT-R NISMO.
Are the two cars perfect equals? No. Blame the extra weight of the camera equipment the camera GT-R has to haul around, as well as the additional bodies assigned to operate the camera gimbal, the focus puller, and choreograph the on-track dance from within the car's cabin. The GT-R's small rear seats actually are used when conducting high-speed filming.
Still, the camera-rig GT-R is no slouch thanks to the plentiful power of its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 engine, quick-reacting all-wheel-drive system, relatively low center of gravity, and sticky tires. It's the perfect camera car, it turns out, for chasing down another GT-R, NISMO or otherwise. Plus, it gave Nissan an excuse to publicize its aging, but still potent, sports coupe—after all, Nissan didn't really need to build the thing in order to film the GT-R NISMO.
You're probably thinking "why not build a twin turbo *insert fast import vehicle here* to not only keep pace with the NISMO edition GT-R, but potentially eat its lunch if necessary, even with the additional weight of the obese camera equipment, right? Well, what better way to push the brilliance of your flagship than to use said flagship to establish a highly visible tier of performance dominance? Nissan certainly did just that and public displays of power are never a bad thing when they surround your rather pricey AWD, turbo juggernaut that, even though has become a bit long in the tooth, still serves as a beacon of all but unparalleled factory performance. Nothing could be worse than using a competitor's vehicle to run pace with your brand's pride and joy and let the trolls light up the internet like the Vegas strip. Nicely played, Nissan, nicely played.