‘Usain Bolt’ Nissan GT-R auctioned for charity
LONDON, Nov 20 — A special one-off “Bolt Gold” edition of Nissan’s flagship supercar will be sold to the highest bidder on eBay Motors.
The car, complete with unique gold paint job and Usain Bolt interior gold plaque bearing the 100m star’s autograph, is being auctioned to raise funds for the Usain Bolt Foundation, a charitable organisation created by the world’s fastest man to give back to his community and help children in Jamaica through educational and cultural opportunities.
“This project excites me because it brings together my passion for speed and excellence, and my desire to help kids and young people,” said Usain Bolt. “Thanks to Nissan, all the revenue from the GT-R charity auction will be donated to the Usain Bolt Foundation, which will go directly to children to help develop their education and allow them to participate in sports.”
Bolt electrified the 2012 London Olympics by becoming the first athlete in the modern Games’ history to successfully defend his 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles, also making him the first male sprinter to win six gold medals.
As well as being one of the fastest road cars currently available, the Nissan GT-R is often praised for its handling. Each engine is built in a hermetically-sealed chamber that enables ultra-high precision and ultra-low tolerance manufacturing techniques more common in Formula 1 and the aviation industry.
When combined with its raft of technological drivers’ aids such as traction and yaw control, the results are a car that can be driven every day to and from work and then head down to the track for a weekend of competition with Porsche Turbos, Lamborghinis and Audi R8s, despite costing half the price.
So intense is the car’s cornering ability that BBC Top Gear presenter and motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson slipped a disc in his neck while taking a GT-R through its paces around the Fuji race circuit in Japan in 2008.
The Bolt Gold special-edition Nissan has been built to comply with Jamaican road legislation and safety regulations.
The auction, being held via eBay Motors, officially starts on Thursday and closes at 11.59 GMT on December 2 at http://stores.ebay.com/Auction-Cause/NissanGoldGTR.html. — AFP-Relaxnews