Being in the United States, we are deprived of certain cars. The Nissan S15 and Skyline just to name a few. One of the few cars what I wished was imported here was the Nissan Cedric.
Look at it. Typical Classic. 4 doors, no B-pillars. It would have been great market competition for the Chevrolet Impala.
A few weeks ago, we featured a post about the Juke-R. A Nissan Juke with GTR running gear. The team working on the car has turned around this project in an amazing amount of time.
Take a look at a shakedown video of the car on track. Super Crossover!
Now, this is something interesting to start the morning off right. Nissan and RML are working on an exciting new project, called the ‘Juke-R’. Basically taking a Nissan Juke chassis and making it accept the driveline from a Nissan GTR. Super-crossover!
Some of you may be cringing at the thought of a modified (ie: re-designed) Juke, and ask ‘Why?’ But let’s think about it.
Shorter wheelbase than a GTR, which will lead to more dynamic handling. Lower weight than the GTR will yield to a higher power-to- weight ratio. Take into account that RML knows how to build quality racing cars, and you know that the car will have at least a decent center of gravity.
Reports hint that the Juke-R concept will have anywhere between 480hp and 530hp from the VR38DETT engine that’s going to be fitted into it. Nissan also note that they are only going to make a concept version of this car, which sadly makes sense. These one-off concepts normally never do well in production.
However, that doesn’t matter to me. This is a car I want to see on the track, immediately.
I think that the only thing more exciting, given the cars available would be Nissan creating an Renault R26.R- level version of the Nissan Versa or the Leaf. So let’s take what we can get.
Even though today is a holiday, we understand that other things in the world are going on. For example, the situation in Japan. We hear at the Starting Grid hope that the situation in Japan recovers, so that events like this can be held in the coming year. Our thoughts go out to those overseas. If you get a chance, donate to a care organization, or attend one of the local fundraisers just to do what you can.
I know I can go without a latte for a day, just to donate. So that aside, take a look at a cool video from Japan.
Nismo Festival 2010 at Fuji Speedway from Remi Schouten on Vimeo.