Last week, Nissan and build partner RML gave us a good idea about just how complex the build of the Juke-R was going to be. Essentially, the chassis will consist of a roll cage and floor pan, lightly covered in body work.
This week, we get to the heart of the matter: RML stuffs the 3.8-liter, 480-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 from the GT-R in between the flanks of the Juke’s front fenders. Watching this video, you get a sense for how difficult it was to fit that much engine into that small a space.
The primary engineering challenge is ensuring sufficient airflow for cooling, since the GT-Rs engine is on the warm-blooded side. Clearly, Nissan is building the Juke-R to be much more than just a trailer queen, dragged from show to show for static display only. With as much time as Nissan and RML spent working out the details of the build, we suspect the Juke-R will yield some impressive performance numbers.
The Juke-R made its public debut this week, and it's scheduled to begin testing next month. We sincerely hope that Nissan gives us a “Juke-R On The Nürburgring” video; after all, everyone knows you need a time on the Green Hell for fans to take you seriously, right?