Nissan is celebrating its 50th anniversary since driver Edgar Herrman and navigator Hans Schüller won the Africa Rally in a 240Z in 1971. The brand has released pictures of a new rally concept with industry-shattering looks.
The Juke name has been around for a long time, and like most cars, it has seen its ups and downs over the years. the Original Juke first rolled off the production line in 2010. It had innovative technical features inside, a huge and robust engine under the hood and an exterior design with a curved body and split headlights, which made it unique at the time.
Unfortunately, sales declined over the years, eventually taking a fatal nosedive by 2017 that sent Nissan back to the drawing board. Two years later, the Juke was revived when Nissan introduced a second generation Juke model to the European market. This time it came with a sleeker design that made it look like a baby crossover, with the performance of a larger crossover. Since then, the Juke has become one of the most popular and powerful vehicles in Europe.
For 2021, Nissan decided to develop a performance-driven concept car inspired by the second generation Juke and Edgar Herrmann’s epic rally win 50 years ago. The result was the Juke Rally Tribute. This concept car gets its mini crossover for building properties from the second Juke and has expanded wheel arches, new bumpers and lots of extra lighting on both ends. It also gets bigger wheels and two spare wheels in the back.
The Juke Rally Tribute Concept pays homage to the legendary 240Z that won the East African Safari Rally in 1971. However, there is little chance it will go into production. However, it’s still a great ride to think about. Read on to learn about the concept’s history, specs, and more.
The Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept was inspired by the 1971 rally victory
Rally has been a very popular sporting event for as long as we can remember. For the automobile manufacturers, the rally was and is a great opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of their vehicles in this sport. In 1971 the East African Rally was a very big deal as a highly anticipated race.
When the Nissan 240Z came with a triumph, it was a definite hit for the brand. Driven by Edgar Herrmann and driven by Hans Schüller, the 240Z secured first place.
The victorious 240Z had a unique design with an aerodynamic body to maximize its rally performance. Under the hood ran the legendary 240Z with a 2.4-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that developed an incredible 207 hp – perfect for rallying. This engine [paired with a four-speed manual gearbox to power the rear wheels. As a consecutive win, other competitors who were driving 240Z came in second and seventh places.
Besides celebrating the win, Nissan is also reflecting on its achievements in producing some of the best crossovers, electric powertrains, and other pioneering technology, according to Coralie Musy, the Vice President, Brand and Customer Experience of Nissan’s European Branch.
More than four decades later, the rally-winning car was restored to good condition. As of 2021, the 240Z rest among Nissan’s most treasured car collections, somewhere near the brand’s global headquarters in Zama, Japan.
The Juke Rally Tribute Concept Looks Rally-Ready, But It Only Exists In Renderings
According to the car and driver report, the Safari Rally Kenya will return to the World Rally Championship calendar for the first time in nearly 19 years. To commemorate the upcoming Africa rally, Nissan has released the pictures of its Juke Rally Tribute Concept.
Externally, the Juke has adopted many of its style and color combinations from the 1971 winning car. The under-wide wheel arch has been lengthened to accommodate the larger, sporty tires. The exterior also has additional lighting such as the circular lamps on the bonnet and an integrated light car with rectangular LED lights in the roof rack.
For added visual appeal, Nissan has added redesigned bumpers, beefier underrun protection, and short overhangs that demonstrate the car’s extreme rally performance.
What is the future of the Nissan Juke Rally Tribute?
The Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept only exists in pictures, and there is no way it will roll off the assembly line, at least to the best of our knowledge. Therefore we cannot get into the engine specifications or the exact performance capabilities.
The Juke is currently no longer available on the American market. Instead, it has been replaced by the Nissan Kicks, the latest version of which will debut in 2020.
Nissan has a strong will to develop high performing vehicles. Keep in mind that Nissan developed the Juke-R, which was powered by a supercharged V-6 engine that made up to 545 horsepower. So there could be hope for the Juke Rally. And when the time comes, Nissan will visualize the Juke Rally with a hybrid drive.
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