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I'm out in Japan at the moment on a business trip, and decided to contact Nissan Japan a couple of weeks ago to see if there was any way I could visit one of their factories to see the birth of a GTR... So, yesterday morning I spent 2 hours touring Tochigi Plant - the main GTR assembly line - and the test track.

100% awesome!!

If anyone is interested I will write up a proper summary of the visit (with videos and pics of some parts), but the highlights were:

* VIP treatment throughout - Tochigi Plant opened the Guest Hall especially for me and my colleagues (including my name on the plasma screen as we walked into the building)

* Introduction to Tochigi Plant by the general manager(!)

* Tour of the subframe assembly line (saw only 3 people in 30 mins - EVERY aspect of main build is robotic... including parts delivery around the factory by music-playing robots - amazing!!)

* Tour of the main assembly line 1, responsible for the build of 6 different models including the GTR (saw 9 or 10 GTRs on the line in different states of build), including watching the 2-3 minutes it takes to install the engine and drivetrain into a GTR (led by a GTR specialist, alongside the normal team of 4 who work at this station for all other cars on the line)

* Tour of the testing track - with GTRs (and Skylines, 370Zs etc.) rolling straight of the production line and out onto the track for testing... watching a brand new GTR roll out of the assembly line and onto the track for an aggressive 0-120kph start was mightily impressive - and the noise FAR better than I remembered from Silverstone...
... although it did make me wonder about the cautious running-in process here in the UK!

* Tour of the Guest Hall, including the 7:29 Nurburgring GTR (place of honour in the hall)... and then the general manager insisted on starting up the other (UMS) car in the guest hall so that I could sit in it and blip the engine :)

The general manager and his colleagues were very interested in the UK GTR OC and were keen to know more about it, so when I write my thank you letter I will be sending them links to the site...

All in all an amazing experience, made super-special by the incredible enthusiasm and passion of the people at Tochigi Plant - they went well beyond my hopes (and out of sight of my expectations) and made me feel incredibly lucky. I was already over-excited about taking delivery of my car in July - now I have no idea how I will survive the next 3 months.

We're taking delivery of something really special guys...
 

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OK guys - thanks for the interest. I will put something proper together next week once I return, and will find somewhere suitable to post it...

sumo - I'd be happy to write a piece for the magazine. Do you know anyone there who I should contact?
 

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Not sure if as a register member you have PM facility? If you do, drop a message to "snowfriend" - he is the editor I think.

If not, post back and I will PM him and hope that as he is a forum admin that he can contact you.

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60% written up whilst still out here in Japan - fly home tomorrow, so will complete the job early next week and sort through all the pictures. I've seen quite a few GTRs on the road out here (1 white, 2 UMS, 4 gun metallic, 2 black) but nothing parked up that I can get a proper look at... Tokyo is a crazy place though, just have to find a way to get back again!
 

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Added more pics now - all were taken in the Guest Hall at Tochigi Plant because we weren't allowed to take cameras into the assembly lines (shame, it was fascinating).

I have agreed to write up the experience as an article for Skylines magazine, so GTROC members will get a chance to read about it in due course...
 

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just make sure it's not better than my write up on delivery day:p
Wouldn't presume to compete Zed :) I guess you can;t be that far from me - I'm 20 miles East of central London (Near Lakeside in Essex).
 
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