The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) College in Poole had a recent visit from some land-based speed machines. Well used to seeing high-powered boats, the crew at the training college were treated to a spectacular display of mighty sports cars, including the brand new 2017 model Nissan GT-R, courtesy of Westover Nissan.
Nissan’s Nismo High Performance Centre in Bournemouth (one of just a handful across the country) chose to unveil the new Nissan GT-R at the RNLI’s state of the art building in front of a select gathering of 50 GT-R enthusiasts.
Guests were treated to a tour of the RNLI College’s impressive facilities, which include a wave tank, fire simulator and lifeboat bridge simulator, in which all Lifeboat rescue crews are trained. Visitors also enjoyed drinks and canapes and had a chance to see the brand new GT-R, as well as some of Nissan’s other high performance Nismo (Nissan Motorsports) models, up close and personal for the first time.
“We had a really successful and enjoyable afternoon at the RNLI College,” says Gerard Reidy, Westover Nissan’s GT-R Specialist. “It’s a great venue, especially on a sunny day and was perfect for showcasing two of our new GT-Rs. The car is pretty spectacular in its own right but it looked better than ever against the back drop of Poole Harbour and the lifeboats moored there.
“Our visitors – most of whom are repeat GT-R owners – felt the new model was better than ever, with improved quality all over and a better design inside and out.
"The premium interior was commented on time and again, as was the fact that the car is much quieter than expected when you’re in the cabin - despite a very distinctive roar from the outside.
“Proof of the improvements and all-round desirability of the 2017 GT-R though was demonstrated by the fact that we sold two cars on the day. We now have some very excited customers, looking forward to taking delivery of their new cars in March 2017.”
Gerard and four other members of the Westover Nissan team were joined at the GT-R launch by specialist GT-R Master Technician, Darren Stopler, who’s been with Westover Nissan for many years and is the trusted engine expert of a whole host of GT-R owners across the region. In addition to the two GT-R models, the team also took a small selection of other Nissan models to the event, including the Juke Nismo.
Subtle refinements to the GT-R’s exterior have improved its aerodynamic efficiency and enhanced its sporty look. Acceleration and performance stay the same, so the GT-R still delivers 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and retains its top speed of 196mph, but both horsepower and torque have been upgraded. The engine is, as before, hand-made - each one is individually assembled and tuned, then personalised with the engineer’s name plate.
For more information about the new Nissan GT-R, please contact Gerard Reidy at Westover Nissan on Wallisdown Road in Bournemouth on 01202 532100.
The RNLI rescues an average 22 people each and every day. To find out more, please go to www.rnli.og