Just in case you’re thinking about building a 2012 Nissan Juke-R of your own, the video below may cause you to think twice. Unlike most add-a-bigger-engine projects, Nissan’s Juke-R was designed to use as many of the Nissan GT-R’s components as possible, including the engine, transmission, suspension and brakes.
If you get the feeling that the Juke-R will be an incredibly difficult build, you’re correct. The complexity of the roll cage alone is staggering, but a stout roll cage is essential to ensuring that the Juke-R will have as little body flex as possible. It will also ensure that the Juke-R is fast in more than just a straight line.
When all is said and done, the Juke-R will be more of a race car than anything else, but that’s OK with us, too. We applaud Nissan for thinking outside the box and mating two distinctly different species to create an Island-of-Dr.-Moreau crossover.
Check back next week for the latest Juke-R video installment. In the mean time, we’ll start hounding Chevrolet to drop a ZR-1 engine in an all-wheel-drive Equinox.