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” »
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” »
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” »
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)” »
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” »
September 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Kiwi Mitsubishi owners and enthusiasts will probably remember the Diamante model that was produced until 2004. This luxury sedan still features on NZ roads and was keenly imported until seven years ago. Now, Nissan is set to bring back the Diamante although it may only be for the Japanese domestic market, at least for now.
Mitsubishi won’t be doing the development on the large sedan, instead it will rebadge a version of the Nissan Fuga (pictured). The Fuga isn’t a model well-known in NZ but it’s offered overseas with a choice of V6, V8, hybrid and diesel powertrains. Which engines will be used in the new Diamante is unknown at this stage. Continue reading “Mitsubishi to bring back the Diamante” »
September 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Kiwi race team CMR Motorsport has returned home from the Bonneville Salt Flats in the States with a new world land speed record. Long-time race driver Reg Cook and his crew from Clevedon in South Auckland, built a car specifically to run at the Bonneville National Speed Week event last month in an effort to break the current 2.0 litre production car body record.
The class CMR competed in is officially called the G/Pro for production bodied cars running a 2.0-litre engine. The previous record was set by a Chevrolet Cosworth Vega in 2009 and stood at 156 mph (249.6 km/hr).
Cook has been a Nissan enthusiast for many years, and chose a 1990 Nissan 2.0 NX using a stock SR20 twin cam 4 valve engine as a base. The rules allow for extensive modifications to the engine and suspension but the outside body work had to remain nearly standard. Continue reading “Kiwi team breaks class land speed record at Bonneville” »
August 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
According to recent reports coming out of Europe, Nissan has entered into full development of a new budget sports car that will challenge the Mazda MX-5′s dominance in this market.
Apparently the sporting model will use a completely new platform that may be sourced from Daimler. This is the same platform pegged for the next-gen Nissan 370Z. Nissan is also in discussions with Lotus to collaborate on the car’s handling.
Engine options and power outputs remain a mystery for now but there are rumours Nissan may use either hybrid power or a fully electric system for this new machine. Continue reading “Nissan developing all-new sports car to challenge MX-5” »