Engineers working on the Nissan Juke-R project have spoken about the challenges of splicing the underpinnings of the Nissan GT-R sports car with its compact crossover.
As reported by Autocar last week the Japanese manufacturer is building an extreme 480bhp version of its Nissan Juke-R.
The car, which will use the V6 engine, powertrain and electrical technology of the Nissan GT-R under a Juke bodyshell is intended to gauge public reaction to a ‘hot’ version of the niche supermini.
Darren Cox, General Manager Crossover and Sports for Nissan in Europe, said: “There are many engineering challenges on this project and one that really interests me is the fact we have a very small package in the Juke, and we’re trying to pack a huge amount of technology in it. One of the things that people probably don’t realise about the GT-R is the amount of electronics and computing power it has got to make it go as fast as it goes.”
The Juke-R is a collaboration between Nissan and motorsport preparation firm RML. Chris Horton, Lead Engineer for RML, said: “There are three areas of key technology that we’ll be using in the Juke-R.