GTR, Not So Much.

The 2012 Nissan Juke-R. Persistence Achieved.

Updated October 16, 2012

Hello Everyone, and welcome to another spectacular installment of  This particular article, is going to be about a car that hasn’t hit the market just yet.  You can say that its conception was something of a science experiment.  Before I get into any other details, can any of you car enthusiasts out there guess what it is?  Here’s a hint, its small size was never meant for the power plant that was put in it.  Still no clue huh?  Well here’s one last hint.  Its loud sister had a debut at LeMans this year, but not necessarily on the race track.  Give up?

It’s the 2012 Nissan Juke-R.

Still doesn’t sound familiar? Well it shouldn’t, mainly because this car originally was a want not a demand. What that means basically is the tech guys over at Nissan put their heads together, drank a full cup of courage, and decided to go to work.  What they did was, take a 2012 GTR, pull the motor, wiring harness, brakes, drive-train, steering, exhaust, & some of the interior, and stuff it into a 2012 Juke.

Yes a Nissan Juke! All of that power and technology in a tiny little Juke. I know it sounds crazy!  But that’s what they did, and did they ever pull it off.  The Juke-R was built with a purpose in mind. To become the fastest Cross-Over ever made, along with the bragging rights that No One Else will surpass this accomplishment.  The Juke-R project started with a few things.  All of which was mentioned before, and one more thing, persistence. The team stripped the Juke down to its frame and bare metal, and then from that point began to reshape the Juke so that it will accept all of what the GTR had to offer.  

The engine bay was expanded slightly so as to be able to give the Juke a fighting chance on being able to hold onto the GTR’s Twin Turbo 480hp V6 motor.

The rest of the frame was massaged so as to accept the new more aggressive drive train that would be shuttlng the rest of the body down the track at over 160mph.  After the motor was squeezed in, the body was dropped down on top of the newly rebuilt frame.  Now the next step was to find a way for wiring harness to do its magic.

The wiring was installed in a very delicate fashion.  This was due to the tight space it needed to go into.

 But the Nissan technicians found a way to fit everything including all of the GTR’s patented switches, gauges, steering wheel, and seats.  One again the purpose of creating the fastest cross-over comes into play, and soon the sheer determination of the team brought the Juke-R to life.  Since its scientific birth the Juke-R has been tested over and over again, and has been somewhat scoffed at a few times.  It’s has been combed over by renowned drivers, and publicists, and they have said that the Juke-R sits in a class of its own.  Not even BMW, nor Audi has anything to offer as far as competition for this mini cross-over is concerned.  And speaking about competition, the boys of Nissan have already put this Juke-R up against some serious high powered players.  After its completion the Juke-R was shipped over to Dubai for a somewhat high stakes shakedown. A street race of sorts. Nothing really official, but a race for bragging rights and pride were the prize of this showdown. It was rumored the a Dubai native Salah Salahuddin put together a proposition that the newest driver of Nissan’s GT Academy, Lucas Ordonez could not resist. The race consisted of four cars. The 2012 Juke-R, a 2011 Lamborghini Murcialago, a Mercedez Benz SLR AMG, and a Ferrari 458 Italia.  All of these Supercars, were pitted against the Juke-R to test the driving prowess of Ordonez, and the drivability of Nissan’s newest project. The race was held in the streets of Dubai, by the waterfront were any and all who were interested enough, could watch.  As soon the race started the Juke-R immediately took control of the lead, and was sure to hold onto that lead throughout the entire race. The dust covered course was a mix of asphalt, cobble stones, and concrete, which were no match for the AWD quickness that the Juke-R possessed. The short wheelbase, and torque combination allowed Ordonez to easily take a commanding win over the rest of the drivers in this exhibition race of sorts. After all was completed, the dust settled, and the engine blocks were cooled down the Juke-R continued on its world tour.  Now that the Juke-R has made a name for itself, there is now a demand for the technological pocket rocket. That demand will come at a hefty price. It hurts me to say this, but the Juke-R will go into an extremely limited production, (20-25) for the price of around $600,000 USD. I know it hurt my heart to hear that as well. I mean you need to take into consideration the breaking down of two mass produced vehicles to create one awesome cross-over.  So it will be for those who really, really want it.  I hope the Nissan finds a way to bring down the price to around $250,000 so it can be a lot more palatable. That’s just my opinion. 


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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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