Nissan Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute

Nissan Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute


Juke gives its best in straight lines. Going at 100 km/h it sounds like 180 km/h, so it shakes and a lot of dust flows inside.

You can see that he is capable of taking on any challenge, not a gram of fat in him, just muscle. The race number “11” corresponds to that of the Nissan (then Datsun) 240Z when it crossed the finish line in Nairobi on April 12, 1971. With Edgar Hermann at the wheel and Hans Schüller as pilot, the 4.12 meter coupé was equipped with a 2.4 liter inline engine. six-cylinder with a capacity of 210 hp was fought for five days in the East African wilderness. Dust, mud, potholes, gravel roads, river crossings, elephants, giraffes and their comrades who fell on the way – the Nissan rally car ran a marathon through Mombasa and Dar es Salam, Kilimanjaro stretched on the horizon. And even if, strictly speaking, the Juke has nothing to do with the Datsun 240Z technically (even the type of car is different – front versus rear), it still has the spirit of that car, weighing only one ton. Especially since it was built with great attention to detail and lots of humor. It is not only about the appearance, but also the technique used, because the rally Juke has road suspension with long-travel springs and reinforced wheel centers, and a solid cover over the entire surface of the chassis. There’s a tubular roll cage inside, intercom connections are in the seats, and two spare wheels pop out of a redesigned trunk lid.

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The suit emphasizes the sportiness, but the approach and handling system of the rally Juke is the same as in the production model.

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The black hood and two headlights on it are not the only distinguishing features of the Rally Tribute version

Sitting in a standard sports seat, the driver operates an Alcantara steering wheel and a long hydraulic brake lever. This is what a rally car should look like. Well, more or less like this. And only until this moment, because after pressing the starter, the Juke looks like a serial car, it has the same drive as the “civilian” model. Welcome. It uses an exhaust system that doesn’t care much about hissing sounds and turns the quiet 1.6 engine into an anarchist one. More or less like the clerk who loosens his tie at the bar after work and starts “rocking” with karaoke.

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The side number and sponsor logo stickers are the same as in the winning Datsun 240Z