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Nissan Juke-R dusts Gallardo, Ferrari 458 and SLS AMG [video]

Here we have an amateur video of the Nissan Juke-R participating in a side show event for the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai race held just over a week ago.

The Juke-R takes on a Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Italia and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG on an improvised sprint track that is very short and dusty.

Regardless of the poor conditions the Juke-R puts on an impressive run managing to outpower the Gallardo while continuing to pull away.

The dust that is kicked up shows how slippery the surface must be, but the Juke-R and its retrofitted all-wheel-drive system from the Nissan GT-R seem to have better grip than the Gallardo which is also AWD.

On a short tight track like this, gearing plays a very big role. We can't help but wonder how all of the cars compare to each other.

Another element fully open to debate is the level of skill of the drivers. We can hear in the video that the driver of the Juke-R is Lucas Ordonez, the winner of the first GTAcademy 2008, but we don't know who are the others.

Despite knowing the Juke-R is a cyborg/Frankenstein rogue project car from Nissan UK, it cannot be denied - the car is quick!

As a side note, the Juke-R was the safety car for the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai.

 

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DusanRakonjac
who droves that 458? crash dummy?! lol
Jan 24, 2012 1:39 pm
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kkkl
im not sure what Nissan is trying to prove here. Obviously Lambo, Ferrari & AMG don't want to waste their time trying to prove that their engines are better by putting it in lesser cars. Don't u Juke guys get it? What a "JUKE" (joke).
Jan 22, 2012 10:37 pm
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howe2002
Obviously the guys in the sports cars are not pushing it. Plus, the Juke still loses for added UGLY points.
Jan 22, 2012 11:31 am
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tazcubed
There's too many things that could explain the results - too short a track to overtake, highly expensive cars that nobody wants to damage, poor race conditions. I'd be curious how it would turn out if there were 4 races, each car re-positioned to allow a new front-runner. I know that Nissan has some great insight with the GT-R, and I'm sure that given this Juke is essentially bodywork on top of a GT-R I would expect it to keep up - if not win. Still, this vehicle is downright ugly. I see virtually none on the road around where I live.
Jan 21, 2012 1:43 pm
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hunker7
that's all it is - fast! But respect to engineers.
Jan 21, 2012 12:40 pm
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kwant
The track favours agile cars as it has a lot of turns and few straight lines. Put a Lotus Elise/Exige in there an it will outlap all of them. The track is not about power but agility in the corners.
Jan 21, 2012 10:06 am
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NYyanks
something about this Juke-R that i really like, it's so ridiculous that it's awesome! lol
Jan 21, 2012 8:59 am
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gooniz
there are too many Nissan flags around the circuit which destroys the credibility of the video and make it look like a promotional one for Nissan. however, you have to give the engineers credits for what they did to the Juke.
Jan 21, 2012 8:16 am
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edd_lg
of course it's a Nissan organised event.
Jan 22, 2012 6:04 am
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lilsumo
i seriously want one love to see supercar owners faces smokin em at the lights
Jan 21, 2012 7:37 am
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Prestige15
Get real ladies, Nissan showed that they do anything to any of their cars and that Juke is one cannon ball
Jan 21, 2012 5:50 am
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xoff
Guys, common - this shows that the Nissan is the better engineered car - shove your badge snobbery up your arses!!
Jan 21, 2012 2:26 am
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manual-trans
By the way, with these race cars, that juke becomes a JOKE
Jan 21, 2012 12:12 am
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norther
dont know why u shot this guy down boys. this tuned juke realy is a joke. it looks like a freaking mole...even worse. yes it is powerful, nissan UK did a great job with the conversion, they are very good engineers, but this video ..as manualtrans said, is bull. just imagine any of u guys, in this car, and along next to you comes a guy with an gallardo, or sls. dont care about the price, id pick any of the 3. as for "snobism", nissan is a brand too, dont worry, they own their fair share of "snobism" too. this tuned juke doesent strips these 3 sueprcars of their status. but ill tell what nissan can do to outwit the establishment. build an FX-R (i mean a real FXR, with 5 seats, a luxorious interior etc etc. not with a roll cage like this juke) and price it lower than the XM5, cayenne turbo s, ML-AMG.
Jan 21, 2012 1:40 pm
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moodyaaa
Despite everything else, that juke is fast !!!!
Jan 20, 2012 10:08 pm
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memexe
Put a competition Kart there and will do as good as the Juke-R on that track. Entertaining but not meaningful. Try to put aside a Juke-R and a Veyron on the same track. Guess who's the winner...
Jan 20, 2012 9:56 pm
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pzigly
are u really comparing a car that has 10 more cylinders, 2 more turbos and costs 900k more? this is meaningful, otherwise you wouldnt have watched, and they wouldnt have raced it against a bunch of supercars, carts are not street legal, the juke is, you can drive it everyday rain or snow, and it can smoke just about any street legal car u put it up against, and you do realize all that comes from a small suv right? lol
Jan 20, 2012 11:11 pm
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SnakesInMyPants
Well given the amount of dust that was on the track, I'm not surprised.
Jan 20, 2012 9:51 pm
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adz911
Oh my God that was funny. Very entertaining indeed.
Jan 20, 2012 9:26 pm
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