Down to 8 days till the Green Flag drops on the Bathurst 12hr race.
Today we feature the Nismo Nissan GTR GT3 race car of the NISMO Athlete Global Team.
To find out more and see more images follow the jump
On Friday I posted about Usain Bolt and his new involvement with Nissan.
Well over the last few days Nissan have released some great video from Bolt’s trip to Japan, starting with his “Driver” Mark Webber collecting him from the Airport.
Check them out after the jump
Bolt is currently in Japan as part of promotion appearance with Nissan.
Nissan Japan have today announced that they have extended Bolt ambassador agreement to now include him being appointed to the “Director of Excitement”.
Also announced today by Nissan, is that they will donate a one off Gold coloured GTR to be auctioned off and all proceeds to go to the Usain Bolt Foundation.
Whilst in Japan Bolt will be test driving various GTR models at the track, Bolt will then work with Nissan engineers to help create a special “Bolt” Edition GTR, which will then be sold by Nissan dealers around the world
Full press release and images of the car to be auctioned are below.
The fastest, most exciting and daring compact crossover in the world – The new Juke-R Concept
NISSAN ANNOUNCES THE JUKE-R
THE ULTIMATE COMPACT CROSSOVER
JUKE-R SET TO INJECT NEW EXCITEMENT INTO THE CROSSOVER MARKET
- Juke and GT-R brought together to create the ultimate compact crossover
- One-off concept to test the public’s reaction to a seriously sporty Juke
- Underlines the compact crossover’s fun factor
- Fully road legal with GT-R drive train
- Developed for Nissan by RML with input from Nissan Technical Centre for Europe (NTC-E)
- Car currently in development; expected to complete first tests in November
Not content with re-shaping the new car market by pioneering the crossover – a success reflected in the soaring sales of its Qashqai and Juke models – Nissan is now creating the Juke-R, the first ever super crossover.
Currently under development the bold design of the Juke is clear to see. However, with the addition of flared wheel arches, revised front and rear bumpers plus a unique split rear wing, this is no standard crossover – it’s a Juke that thinks it’s a GT-R – and with good reason. However, the car is not for production and is a one-off, road legal concept car, developed by Nissan and built by leading motorsports outfit RML with input from Nissan Technology Centre for Europe (NTC-E).
Under the bonnet is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine adopted directly from Nissan’s flagship supercar. Under the boot floor hides the GT-R’s six-speed transaxle, with the front and rear ends joined by a modified GT-R 4WD driveline and prop shaft, while chunky 20-inch RAYS forged alloy rims fill each wheel arch.
The interior merges crossover and supercar with finesse, as the Juke’s dashboard has been transformed to accommodate the gauges, dials and 7-inch customisable LCD display from the GT-R. The Juke’s iconic centre console, inspired by the fuel tank of a motorcycle, remains while the rest of the interior has the look of a machine bred for the track. Twin race-seats with five-point harnesses sit inside a visible roll cage that gives FIA safety standards as well as enhanced rigidity to provide the ultimate performance.
“Nissan Juke is one of the most exciting cars on the market today. Its bold crossover design has captured the imagination of car buyers all over Europe; after just a year on sale we are celebrating sales of more than 100,000 units,” said Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nissan in Europe.
“Juke lends itself perfectly to a sports derivative and Juke-R explores that territory. Equally at home on road and track, Juke-R showcases two of the most exciting cars in our range and highlights the technical innovation that drives Nissan. This car will more than live up to the dynamic driving experience we engineer into all our cars.”
For full details on Juke-R and to follow the car’s development, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/NissanJukeOfficial
Nisssan GT-R Chronology: R32-R35
After the jump read about the full history of the R Series GTR’s
Twenty years ago this October the awesome Nissan GTR won Bathurst, the first of its two wins, before being banned.
The GTR was given a nickname by Wheels magazine in 1989 and it stuck and it went on to be the R32 GTR’s nickname used by the media to scare the other racers in the ATCC field.
Read on after the jump about Godzilla’s Australian Race history