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by Tim Beissmann

The Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold is headed down under after an Australian enthusiast paid $US187,100 ($177,200) for the one-of-a-kind supercar developed in collaboration with the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.

The successful bidder, who has chosen to remain anonymous for now, placed the final bid for the gold-themed Nissan GT-R in an auction that spanned 10 days and attracted interest from across the globe.

Auctioned alongside nine other Bolt-signed items including racing helmets and driving suits, the fundraiser generated $US193,191 ($182,900) for the six-time Olympic champion sprinter’s charity, the Usain Bolt Foundation, which works to create educational and cultural opportunities for children and young people in Jamaica.

Bolt, who was appointed Nissan’s honorary ‘director of excitement’ in October, said the funds raised would have an enormous impact on the children assisted by his charity.

“This donation will help many kids get access to better facilities, play areas and educational materials in Jamaica,” he said. “I am delighted to be working with Nissan to do this.”

The new owner of the GT-R Bolt Gold, which cost only a few thousand dollars more than the $170,800 list price for a standard 2012 Nissan GT-R, was delighted with his win.

“The Nissan GT-R just gets better and better and more refined each year, and the fact that this gold GT-R also celebrates the incredible achievements of the great Usain Bolt makes it something very special indeed.”

Along with the bespoke gold paintwork, the GT-R Bolt Gold is embossed with the sprinter’s signature and features unique interior fittings finished in real gold.

Nissan Australia will confirm more details about the car and its owner when it is delivered in 2013.