Most all-wheel-drive vehicles – say, a mass-market crossover like the Nissan Juke, for example – are fairly straightforward in their setup. With the engine and transmission up front, one driveshaft goes to the front wheels and another to the back. But that's not always the case with high-performance machines.

On the Nissan GT-R, for example, the engine is in the front and the gearbox is in the back. So a driveshaft goes aft from the engine to the transmission and the rear wheels, and another goes back to the front wheels where the power came from.

That's all well and good when you're designing a car from scratch to accommodate such a layout. But when it came to replacing the mechanical bits from the Juke with those of the GT-R, Nissan's team of crack engineers found there another challenge. (Not to mention the fact that the Juke's wheelbase is nearly a foot shorter than the GT-R's.) Follow the jump for the fifth (brief) episode in the Juke-R build series to see how they've managed.



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      thestate01
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice that when they say Juke-R quickly, it sound like they're calling it "Jew Car"?
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thestate01
        LMAO! yes! I heard that the other day when listening to the videos. Had a nice chuckle from that!
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHO IN THE HELL ITS GOING TO PAY FOR THIS FKNG UGLY CAR??? ITS THE WORST WASTE OF TIME TUNNING A "CAR" IVE EVER SEEN
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        NOBODY CAN BUY THE JUKE-R [caps lock] as it is a one off concept.
          JammickaSlappus
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fivesix7eight
          Actually, it's a two off concept from what I remember reading. There will be one made in each driving configuration (right-hand / left-hand). But still, good point. _M7_ is an idiot.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am so sick of hearing about this stupid thing.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      why, why, why are they sticking a big turd on art??!!!
      Fernando
      • 3 Years Ago
      Talk about throwing a GTR engine down the toilet. Damn Nissa WTF is wrong with you.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        EB110Americana
        • 3 Years Ago
        I always hear, "Duke R" I wish I could un-hear it.
        EB110Americana
        • 3 Years Ago
        I always hear, "Duke R" I wish I could un-hear it.
        RudyH
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is - when you don't want to spend the money on a real GT-R and decide to cheap out and buy this... too far?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Norty
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.acura-legend.com/vbulletin/f9/2003-pontiac-ultimate-aztek-36070/ The ugly crossover turned badass is sooooo 2003.
        Mdriftda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Norty
        whats up with everyone obsessing with the aztec on autoblog?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      evannever
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan highlights unique challenges of Juke-R's absurdity
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