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 Murano facelifted for 2012 – on sale now

November 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Love it or hate it the Nissan Murano has become a permanent fixture in the medium-sized SUV market and has just been facelifted for the 2012 model year. Nissan has upgraded the Murano with new front styling, new design alloy wheels, and improvements in specification.

On sale now, the 2012 Murano features a new grille, front bumper and headlamp design. New, multi spoke 18 inch alloy wheels are introduced and new design rear taillights, new silver roof rail design and the addition of rear privacy glass. A large, electrically-operated dual-panel glass sunroof is now added, covering almost two-thirds of the roof panel.

Inside, there’s been revisions to the instrument panel and central display screen improving functionality and ease of use. The leather seats are now heated for driver and front passenger and electric adjustment for the steering column has been added.

The BOSE audio system in Murano is now offered with a 2GB music server and USB and iPod input via the Murano’s central display screen controls.

Carried over is the electrically operated tailgate, which can be opened and closed via dash button or the key. There’s also power flip-up rear seats which are lowered by a handle but they now return to their upright position at the push of a button, located in the luggage area or on the dashboard. Continue reading “Nissan Murano facelifted for 2012 – on sale now” »

Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC

October 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s not only Ferrari and Porsche that can offer keen customers highly-priced race-spec versions of their performance production models. Nissan wants a piece of the pie and has just released a new 370Z NISMO RC that is now available for customer orders.

Based on the street-legal 370Z, the NISMO RC has been taken to the extreme with major weight-saving measures dropping off all luxuries. The result is a car that’s around 180kg lighter and tips the scales at just 1,339kg.

The Nissan 370Z NISMO RC also features NISMO race exhaust, NISMO tuned ECM, high capacity NISMO clutch, flywheel, engine oil, transmission and differential coolers and a Recaro racing seat with 6-point racing harness. A Sparco racing steering wheel and a carbon fibre control stack are also part of the RC package.

The 3.7-litre V6 motor has been tweaked to produce slightly more than the stock unit at 264kW of power and 373Nm of torque. Continue reading “Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC” »

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)” »

Nissan GT-R engine + Juke Crossover = Super Juke

September 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Taking the powertrain from a high-performance vehicle and dropping it into something totally different can be a great idea. But not always, and the latest carmaker to try its hand is Nissan Europe which has confirmed that a special one-off high-powered Juke crossover is being developed.

So which of Nissan’s hard core engines will make it into the Juke? None other than the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 mill that powers the current Nissan GT-R. This will turn the Juke into a 390kW machine and has seen the concept dubbed ‘Super Juke’. With the larger engine the Super Juke should accelerate from standing to 100km/h in under four seconds and on to a top speed of dangerous proportions.

Rally-inspired sports styling is also expected with the concept so prepare for enlarged wheel arches, a deep front splitter, bonnet vents, two-story rear wing and stripped-out interior for reduced weight. Continue reading “Nissan GT-R engine + Juke Crossover = Super Juke” »