Video: How the Nissan Juke-R is built

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 13, 2011

Engineers assigned to the Nissan Juke-R project are facing difficulties related to splicing the underpinnings of the Nissan GT-R sports car with its compact crossover. Autocar reported last week that Nissan is developing an extreme 480bhp version of its Nissan Juke-R. The car, which is expected to feature the V6 engine, powertrain and electrical technology of the Nissan GT-R under a Juke bodyshell, is meant to test the public reaction to a ‘hot’ version of the niche supermini.

According to Darren Cox, General Manager Crossover and Sports for Nissan in Europe, the project has several engineering challenges.

He cited an example. He said that the Juke is small but it will have to accommodate a large number of technologies. He said that for the GT-R to be fast, there’s a lot of electronics and computing power involved.

The Juke-R is the product of a collaboration between Nissan and motorsport preparation firm RML. According to Chris Horton, Lead Engineer for RML, the Juke-R makes use of three areas of key technology.

The 4WD system is the first. It features traction control, stability control, and the torque-vectoring system. Torque vectoring is the method of controlling the wheels individually, so the car becomes stable but at the same time, its performance is maximized.

The second area is the touchscreen driver interface, which aids the driver through the gauges, the g-meter, the boost dials, as well as the sat-nav and entertainment system. Then the third is the boost and engine control.

Nissan is up for an exciting new adventure. There’s no denying, we couldn’t wait to experience the thrill guessing from the sneak preview on videos and images of Nissan’s new crossover model. And yes, the Japanese car manufacturer is about to show the world what the fastest crossover looks like.

The very unique Nissan Juke-R concept car corresponds to Nissan GT-R sports cars in terms of handling, speed and power. To most people, the matte black finish echoes the car’s new rebellious identity and energetic vibe.

Nissan’s latest concept crossover vehicle has the lines and curves that complement the GT-R’s powerful Twin-Turbo V6 engine. The Juke R’s suspension, drivetrain and 3.8L engine have all contributed to making it the most aggressive compact crossover at the moment.

The striking aesthetics is based primarily on the large air vents at the front with submerged ducts at the bonnet. Surely, this gives the impression of power since the engine bay sits right next to it. Meanwhile, the flared wheel arches surrounding RAYS 20-inch alloy wheels blend with the GT-R’s newly sculpted front skirts.

But that’s not all there is to it. The rear end also has its own amazing features just like the split rear wings and twin pentagonal exhaust pipes down below. As for the interiors, Nissan took inspirations from the motorcycle, which is quite relevant for the car’s laid-back and “urban rebel” kind of attitude that it wants to show the world. And so it goes, we have the centre-console of a motorbike that suits the Juke’s dashboard perfectly. The cabin interior has a race-spec roll cage, full race harnesses with only a pair of racing inspired seats. To complete the look, it comes with a 7-inch multimedia touch screen display, racing pedals and of course, the GT-R’s high performance steering wheel.

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