Vijay Pattni08 December 2011

Video: the Nissan Juke-R on track

Finally, the little Nissan with the heart of Godzilla takes a trip around the circuit…

We must first set one thing straight: to all those currently bubbling in a state of confusion, this car is not the Nismo Juke that was shown at the Tokyo motor show last week.

That car was a lightly tweaked concept marking the arrival of Nismo (Nissan Motorsports) as a proper in-house performance tuner for Nissan, like AMG is to Mercedes.

No, this is the one-off, GT-R engined Nissan Juke-R. ‘Jukezilla', if you will.

After an arduous build process that involved cutting out almost everything that powered the standard car and filling it with lots of GT-R - engine, diff, gearbox, attitude - Nissan has announced the car is finally ready.

Gallery: the Nissan Juke-R

And what to do with this monstrous lump of crossover SUV? Why, belt it senseless around Silverstone, naturally.

First, Nissan's crack team of modders took the Juke-R to the MIRA proving ground to check everything worked properly and that the ruddy big 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine didn't fall out or consume the world in a fiery explosion. Then, off to Silverstone for some screechiness.

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