November 3rd, 2011 by Car and SUV
Nissan has released the fifth installment in its Nissan Juke-R video series which follows the UK-arm of Nissan as it fits the engine and running gear of the GT-R supercar into the Juke small crossover.
This latest installment sees the Japanese automaker strike problems as it attempts to fit the GT-R’s gearbox and all-wheel drive system into the small crossover.
The most significant issues arise from the Juke-R’s wheelbase that is 250mm shorter than the GT-R’s.
The answer comes in the form of shorter prop shafts while making other necessary changes to keep the GT-R’s rigidity and handling.
The GT-R-powered Juke-R will debut at the end of the month during the Tokyo Motor Show. Two concepts will be built one in right-hand drive and the other in left-hand drive. Read the rest of this entry »
October 20th, 2011 by Car and SUV
The Nissan Juke-R prototype has quickly captured the imagination of performance car fans globally. Work on the GT-R powered Juke continues and a new video has been released by Nissan’s UK arm, which has been assigned the tough task.
Building the Juke-R means taking the 390kW GT-R’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 motor and creating space for it in the compact crossover. But that alone wouldn’t be enough, the Juke-R will also be fitted with the full all-wheel-drive system, the GT-R’s electronics and complete drivetrain. Once completed, the Juke-R is expected to be the world’s fastest crossover and the first of two prototypes will go on show at the Tokyo Motor Show in December.
Till then Nissan is drip-feeding video updates showing its progress on the Juke-R. It certainly looks like a challenging build. This latest video (view below) walks us through the work that’s going into constructing the roll cage inside the Juke’s body shell. It also shows us the structure that will house the GT-R’s engine, drivetrain and mechanical systems.
The next video installment will show the engine being fitted to the Juke-R. Check out the latest video below. Read the rest of this entry »