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Nissan Juke-R To Pace Dubai 24 Hours Endurance Race


If indeed Nissan execs were displeased by the construction of the Juke R, they have a funny way of showing it.

Over the past few months, the Juke-R has nabbed nearly as much camera time as the entire Kardashian clan (more deserved camera time, for sure).

The last time that we saw the heavily tuned crossover, it was leaving footprints on a damp, misty Silverstone track.

The next time we'll see the car, it will also be in a track setting. According to Autoblog, the GT-R powered Juke will serve as a pace car for the 2012 Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai endurance race. The event runs at the Dubai Autodrome from January 12th through the 14th.

We'd much rather see the Juke-R actually putting its 480-horsepower GT-R powertrain to use by racing around the track, but the event could very well be the first time that the Juke-R steps out from behind the cameras and reveals itself to the public. And that's an event worth celebrating in itself.

In addition to the Juke-R, the 24 Hours of Dubai event will welcome an international entourage of GT cars, touring cars and 24-hour specials. Among the 80 entrants that the race had received as of a month ago were cars from Audi, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Ginetta, Lamborghini and Porsche. Nissan will also be represented by a 370Z. All in all, the race had 31 countries represented among its cars and teams.

As for when we might see the Juke-R in the U.S.--it could be at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show in February.

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