Nissan Juke-R video build continues – interior fit out

November 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The hard working crew at Nissan UK are pushing on with building the Juke-R prototype and have revealed their latest video.

Fitting the mechanical bits from Nissan’s GT-R supercar into the tiny Juke crossover has proved understandably tricky. But as seen in previous videos, the team has got the engine and drivetrain in place and it’s time to start re-fitting the interior.

Just throw in a couple of buckets and some gauges right? Nah it’s not that easy. With the large GT-R engine pushed back into what was the Juke’s cabin, the builder’s needed to rework almost everything to make sure the controls were accessible to whatever brave soul is going to pilot this unnatural beast.

To see how the Juke-R team got on watch the video below. Continue reading “Nissan Juke-R video build continues – interior fit out” »

Latest Nissan Juke-R build video – Gearbox and Drivetrain

November 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

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. Continue reading “Latest Nissan Juke-R build video – Gearbox and Drivetrain” »

Nissan unveils completed Juke-R concept

October 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Nissan has pulled a shock unveiling of its hardcore Juke-R concept car at a media launch in Malaga, Spain. This is the first time the finished project has been seen in the flesh.

Nissan will build two examples of the Juke-R one in left-hand drive and one in right-hand drive. The two concept machines will be used for testing purposes from next month and may lead to a slightly tamer production version in the future.

The concepts come equipped with the GT-R’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 390kW V6 engine and advanced four-wheel drive system. It also features a widened body painted in a matte black finish, aerodynamic tweaking and large GT-R-style black alloy wheels wrapped in low profile tyres. The Juke-R interior has also been given an extensive refit with a 4WD controller, GT-R touch screen and engine control system all installed. Continue reading “Nissan unveils completed Juke-R concept” »

Nissan reveals next build video for GT-R powered Juke R

October 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

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. Continue reading “Nissan reveals next build video for GT-R powered Juke R” »

Nissan Juke-R Prototype – new video update

October 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Nissan’s UK arm recently undertook an ambitious project when it decided to drop the running gear of a GT-R supercar into the body of its Juke crossover.

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’s engine bay. That alone would be tricky enough but  the Juke-R will also be fitted with the full all-wheel-drive system, the GT-R’s electronics and complete drivetrain. Not exactly something you’d knock together in your garage with a few mates.

All sorts of issues have already arisen for the engineers of the manic Juke including shortening the wheelbase of the standard GT-R and adapting the Juke dashboard to fit the GT-R display screen. Continue reading “Nissan Juke-R Prototype – new video update” »

Work continues on GT-R powered Nissan Juke-R (+video)

October 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Work is progressing the Nissan Juke-R project that will see the big-power drivetrain from Nissan’s GT-R supercar wedged into the Juke small crossover. Two street legal prototypes are currently being built in a collaboration effort by Nissan Europe and motorsports firm RML. One of the prototypes will be in RHD with the other in LHD.

The Godzilla motor is the latest version of this 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 monster and produces 390kW of power and 612Nm of peak torque. Nissan’s engineers mounted the GT-Rs six-speed transaxle under the boot while the front and rear ends are joined by a modified GT-R 4WD driveline and prop shaft.

Once the frog-eyed Juke has it’s new engine in place Nissan will modify the exterior with a carbon-fibre wide body kit that includes several GT-R styling touches. These include hood vents and a prominent rear wing, filling the guards will be 20-inch RAYS forged alloy rims. Continue reading “Work continues on GT-R powered Nissan Juke-R (+video)” »