Remember the crazy Nissan Juke-R that married the GT-R’s mechanical package to the cutesy Juke? The concept was turned real for a very limited number of buyers, each of whom paid £400,000 for the ultimate performance school run car. Now Nissan has taken it one step further with the Juke-R 2.0 – and it will make its dynamic debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Think version two point oh rather than 2.0-litre – where the previous Juke-R ‘made do’ with the standard road going GT-R’s 545bhp 3.8-litre V6, the new concept takes the mechanical package from the 592bhp GT-R Nismo. That sounds much more adequate for a grocery shopping trip. Do we dare guess at a sub 3-second 0-60mph time? It has even bolder styling this time around, too.
The car will be driven for its world premiere by Nissan Le Mans driver Jann Mardenborough, but it won’t be the only quick Nissan going up the hill. Al Buncombe will put the GT-R GT3 car through its paces while Sir Chris Hoy will show us what the LMP3-class European Le Mans Series racer can do.
You can get involved, too. Away from the Hillclimb and on the virtual race track, Nissan will be giving away three ‘golden ticket’ entries to its pioneering GT Academy competition, which will endeavour to create yet more brand new racing drivers out of Gran Turismo 6 gamers when the Academy Race Camp kicks off in Abu Dhabi in October. Across the weekend, motorsport enthusiasts are invited to take part in a virtual race on Nissan’s circular PlayStation pods. The top racers will be invited to participate in a number of activities and interviews before one lucky gamer each day of the event (Friday – Sunday) will win a place in the Nissan GT Academy Race Camp in Abu Dhabi in October.
Nissan will also host a series of live Q&A sessions over the weekend; Nissan racing drivers Sir Chris Hoy, Jann Mardenborough and Al Buncombe, as well as London 2012 T-42 200m Paralympic Gold Medallist Richard Whitehead MBE, London 2012 Track cyclist Jess Varnish, 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Sprint Champion Becky James and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medal gymnast, Max Whitlock.