When Nissan showed usof a GT-R powered Nissan Juke-R, we said, "Gee, that's neat." When it , our interest was piqued.
Today, we have a video of this oddest of skunkworks supercars at a street race exhibition event in Dubai going wheel-to-wheel with the likes of a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Ferrari 458 Italia, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS. Check it out below.
OK, so "wheel-to-wheel" was a bit of an overstatement as thehands the trio of proper supercars their hats around an improvised short course. How did that happen?
Now, before you call shenanigans at this Nissan-sponsored event (even I questioned whether that Ferrari driver was giving it the full beans), remember that the the Juke-R is powered by a 480-horsepower version of the3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 and its complex ATTESA E-PRO all-wheel-drive system. Would you be so shocked to learn that the GT-R is faster 'round a track than any of these cars? Probably not. Additionally, the Juke-R's shorter wheelbase likely gave it a cornering advantage around the relatively short track composed almost completely of 90-degree turns. Given a longer straight or more sweeping bends, this would have been a very different race.
Whatever the case, the Juke-R is real and it's really fast. As a two-off example of what engineers can do with a bit of imagination and a lot of freedom, that's good enough for me.