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Nissan has finally released official photos of their Juke-R, after a long, drawn out series of teasers and video clips.
Before you get too excited, you can’t order one of these roid-raging crossovers. Nissan Europe and its technical partner RML says this is a special street legal concept car. They plan to make one left-hand and one right-hand drive version.
From the photos you can see the all-around aggressive facelift Nissan gave the car, including flared fenders and a two-piece spoiler jutting off the rear. It also gets a matte black finish mated with 20-inch RAYS wheels, a widened front bumper boasting larger air vents and a sculpted side skirt.
The Interior reflects how much change the car really went through at RML during the 22 weeks of engineering that brought this freakish child to life. The rear seats are gone, replaced by a race-spec roll cage. The cockpit now has two racing seats, a GT-R sourced steering wheel, 7-inch touch screen, pedals and dials.
Of course it wouldn’t be that hard to slap a few extras on the Juke to make it look cool, but Nissan really wasn’t fooling around. The guys at RML, who have worked with Nissan on many performance projects, managed to reengineer the Juke to accept the GT-R’s 480 horsepower 3.8-liter bi-turbocharged V6 engine as well as its all-wheel drive system, gearbox and suspension.
According to Nissan, the Juke-R will go through testing late this month before being let loose to tear up public roads.
Gallery: Nissan Juke-R
How do you make the world’s ugliest crossover into the world’s most incredible looking? Apparently you hand it over to the team of championship race car builders at RML.
That’s exactly what Nissan has done with its new Juke sub-compact crossover, finally revealing the wildly styled machine as a surprise guest at the Qashqai press drive in Malaga, Spain.
With a custom widebody, an aggressively lower suspension and some extra aerodynamic tweaks, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also powered by the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 as the Nissan GT-R.
According to Nissan two versions of the car are being built (one left-hand drive and the other right-hand drive) and testing is set to begin in November. Testing for exactly what, Nissan didn’t say, but you can be sure some incredible videos of the first shakedown are on their way.
After first announcing plans to build the car, Nissan has released a series of videos documenting the build process of what it calls “the world’s fastest crossover.”
The Juke-R as it’s been labeled is an entirely custom creation, powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine from the Nissan GT-R. Plus, it gets a roll cage and a wider track. Built by RML in the UK, which currently runs cars in the LMS, WTCC and BTCC series in Europe, this latest video details the build of the roll cage and chassis.
At this rate, it will be many more videos before we get to see the finished project.
GALLERY: Nissan Juke-R Build
Watch the video after the jump:
The Corvettes, Porsches and Vipers that compete in the SPEED World Challenge GT series are about to get some serious competition from a serious car – the Mercedes McLaren SLR 722 GT. The car was homolgated to World Challenge specs by The Racers Group (TRG) and our sources at the series tell us it will first see competition at the Autobahn County Club outside Chicago on July 24-26th.
Designed specifically to run it a spec series in Europe, the 722 GT is powered by a modified version of the supercharged 5.5-liter V8 and makes 680hp and 612 ft-lbs of torque. It also only weighs 3,200 lbs, meaning it can accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. Thanks to some serious aerodynamics and a significantly lowered ride height, the 722 GT is also capable of hitting 2 Gs in the corners.
No doubt the SCCA (the governing body for World Challenge) will level the playing field, forcing the SLR to either add weight or reduce horsepower… or probably both.
TRG Motorsports should still put on quite a show with the SLR as the team has plenty of racing experience, running cars in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge as well as in the Grand-Am Rolex Series. In 2005 and 2006 TRG competed with a Pontiac GTO.R team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series GT class, and has since been involved with a two-car Porsche effort in the GT Class.
See the Speed World Challenge series website for more info:
Follow the jump for all the specs on the McLaren SLR 722 GT