The new Nissan Juke has been transformed into a rally car.

The new Nissan Juke has been transformed into a rally car.

Concept crossover dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the brand’s victory in the East African Rally

Nissan has presented a concept car Juke Rally Tribute based on racing Datsun 240Z, which fifty years ago won the East African Rally. Visually the crossover reminds the well-known ancestor, but under a bonnet it has hi-tech stuffing – hybrid power-unit. Its parameters are not specified by developers and the car itself most likely exists only in a form of renders.

The authors of the concept drew inspiration from the historic 240Z, winner of the 1971 East African Rally, as well as the Gripz prototype, debutant of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and forerunner of the production Juke. In the image of a rally car, the crossover gets a black bonnet with two spotlights, increased ground clearance and off-road tyres. In the boot, there are two spare wheels – but to do this, the glass of the fifth door had to be removed.

At the 1971 Rally Safari, the Datsun 240Z took first, second and seventh places. In between were the Peugeot 504, Ford Escort Twin Cam and Porsche 911 S.

No word on the show car’s hybrid powertrain. A litre turbo-troika HR10DDT producing 117 h.p. drives a serial Juke, so, hybrid drive could be borrowed from a new Qashqai. The third-generation crossover has three: two of the moderate type based on the 1.3 turbo engine and a sequential e-Power system with the 1.5 VC Turbo motor.

The Datsun 240Z rally car, meanwhile, was powered by a 2.4 inline six with 210 horsepower. In 2013, the car, driven 50 years ago by a Kenyan racer of German descent, Edgar Herrmann, was restored to its original condition. It is now in the private Nissan Heritage collection in the Japanese town of Zama.

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