The last time we heard the words “Usain Bolt” and “Nissan GT-R” in the same sentence, the athlete had designed and was auctioning a special-edition Godzilla for his charity. Mr. Bolt liked the car so much, however, that Nissan designed a similar model and gave it to him.
The “Bolt Gold” Nissan GT-R came about as part of a partnership between Nissan and the gold medalist late last year, and by December the car–with unique touches like a gold paintjob and some real gold trim pieces–had sold for $187,100, to an Australian buyer. The proceeds benefitted the Usain Bolt Foundation, which works on creating educational/cultural opportunities for Jamaican youth.
This time around, there’s not much charity–more like a gift. The 100-meter superstar received a custom, one-off car from Nissan, presented in Jamaica, in recognition of Bolt’s work as international brand ambassador. The new car is catered to Mr. Bolt’s tastes, including a rich gold paintjob, RAYS “hyper-titanium” wheels painted in a deep shade of gold, and “Spec Bolt” exterior badging. On the inside, there’s a lot of white–a color requested by Usain himself.
This being a 2013 GT-R (sold here as a 2014 model-year car), it should have a bit more oomph and ability than Mr. Bolt’s own 2009 GT-R. The car makes 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque, and has revised aerodynamics, suspension, and engine tuning to provide better responses on the track and under hard driving. We hope that Mr. Bolt–famous both for his sprinting ability and crashing fast cars–uses the power wisely.