Nissan JUKE Hybrid Rally Tribute: When the hybrid meets the adrenaline rush

Following the release of images last June to celebrate Nissan’s participation in the East African Rally 50 years earlier, the Nissan Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute is now born.

The Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute has gone from a design sketch to a fully operational single vehicle after overwhelmingly positive comments following the release of the first images. Its presentation heralds the launch of the Juke Hybrid in Europe this summer. This prototype is in fact equipped with the hybrid engine that will benefit from the production model.

In reference to the decision to bring the Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute to life, Coralie Musy, vice president of brand and customer experience for the Nissan AMIEO region, said : “The JUKE Hybrid Rally Tribute exemplifies our optimism and bold spirit. We are currently preparing an exciting new chapter in Juke history with the unveiling of the new Juke Hybrid this summer. It will deliver the noisy character and agility that customers expect from our “An iconic crossover with improved performance and efficiency. The Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute takes Juke play to the next level.”

A sophisticated hybrid engine

The use of the next Juke Hybrid engine in the Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute is a testament to both the performance improvement it offers in the production version and its improvements in efficiency and emissions.

The Juke Hybrid’s powertrain consists of a state-of-the-art Nissan internal combustion engine, specially developed to operate as part of a hybrid powertrain. It develops 69 kW (94 hp) and 148 Nm of torque.

Next to it, the main electric motor produces 36 kW (49 hp) and 205 Nm of torque, while a contribution of 15 kW (20 hp) is made by a high-voltage alternator-starter, all powered by a battery 1, 2 kWh of water. cold.

The result is an engine that offers 25% more power than the current gasoline engine, with a reduction in fuel consumption of approximately 40% in the urban cycle, and up to 20% in the combined cycle ( figures subject to change).

A smart automatic gearbox

The Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute also incorporates the standard JUKE Hybrid multimodal automatic gearbox, an essential element of driving pleasure. This low friction drive makes optimal use of power, whether it is the electric motor, the gasoline engine or both.

To reduce friction, this gearbox inspired by motor sports uses dog clutches instead of conventional timing rings to shift the 4 “internal combustion” and 2 “electric” gears. In addition, also to reduce friction, there is no clutch. All starts of the vehicle are 100% electric and the 2 electric motors are used in combination to synchronize the gears, providing a smooth and sensitive acceleration.

The gearbox is controlled by an advanced algorithm, which manages the points of change, the regeneration of the battery, as well as the sophisticated architecture in series-parallel. The propulsion system automatically chooses between the different possible types of hybridization (series, parallel, series-parallel), according to the needs of acceleration and power, in a transparent way and without any intervention of the driver.

Modifications inspired by rallies

Like the Gripz concept car, which was shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show before the Juke was unveiled, the Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute is inspired by the iconic 240Z that competed so successfully in the East Africa rally more than half a century ago.

The most obvious aesthetic modification is the widened wheel arches to fit custom-made all-terrain tires, while the additional hood and roof lights echo those of 50 years ago.

The black hood and big black wheels are also a tribute to the 1971 vehicle that took part in the East Africa Rally. The use of vintage sponsor numbers and the number 11 is also reminiscent of the Nissan 240Z, as well as the addition of front and rear protection plates. A sturdy, long-travel suspension has been installed on the Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute to give it an exceptional balance on the difficult terrain it will cover. The size of the tires, 265/70 R16, offers phenomenal grip and traction in all conditions, even the toughest.

The cabin has been modified with the installation of a tubular cage to harden the hull and provide protection in the event of a high speed incident in the harsh desert environment. The rear seats were removed to make room for spare wheels and four-point harnesses were added to secure the rider and navigator to their bucket seats.

Other interior changes include the installation of a fire extinguisher approved for competitions, an intercom system with two helmets to simplify communication between the driver and the navigator, Alcantara ornaments on the steering wheel and a hydraulic handbrake with high handle for easy activation.

Coralie Musy added: “As part of our commitment to electrify our line, this year we will see an unprecedented wave of new Nissan engines and electrified vehicles. In addition to the Juke Hybrid, we will also be showcasing our innovative and bold e-POWER engine at the Qashqai crossover We have already started receiving orders for the Ariya, our new all-electric flagship, while the all-electric Townstar van will go on sale later this year and will also be introduced in the second half of the year. the brand new X-Trail crossover. ”

As part of the Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute project, and to reconcile the excitement of the rally with as sustainable an approach as possible, the engine of the Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute uses electronic fluids and biofuels provided by Shell, Nissan’s partner for in East Africa 1971. Rally.

Nissan at the East Africa Rally

In 1971, the legendary Nissan 240Z, which won the grueling East African Safari Rally, was driven by Edgar Herrmann with Hans Schüller as its navigator. The rally was a resounding success for the brand, with the 240Z also finishing second and seventh. In addition, this victory was the brand’s second consecutive victory in this rally.

The low-powered 240Z was powered by a 2.4-liter inline six-engine, which generated 210 horsepower on the rear wheels. The winning car was restored in 2013 and is part of Nissan’s heritage collection in Zama, near Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture.

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