The race-bred Nissan Juke-R concept has begun testing. Earlier this week Nissan took the Juke-R to the MIRA proving ground to check that all the car’s systems were functioning properly.
The 480bhp machine, which mates the running gear from a GT-R with the bodyshell from a Juke crossover, will now start performance development at Silverstone.
According to Nissan, initial trials have been positive, with the Juke-R sounding and performing like very much like its GT-R cousin, with which is shares a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, 4WD driveline and six-speed transaxle.
Two examples of the Juke-R, which is the work of Nissan and race preparation outfit RML, will be produced – one each in right and left-hand drive. The interior is fitted with gauges, dials and the LCD screen from the GT-R. Although the car is road legal, it features competition-spec technology such as twin race seats, five-point harnesses and a rollcage.
Nissan still insists the Juke-R is not for production, but the firm does admit that it will use the concept to ‘test the public’s reaction to a seriously sporty Juke’.