Forty years, countless miles, a corporate name change and untold heaps of abuse separate Dave Coleman's 1971 Eyesore Racing Datsun 510 from the 2011 Nissan Juke. But that didn't stop the guys from Inside Line from pitting the two distant cousins against each other in a gravel there-and-back race over a little more than a mile. The beater 510 has plenty of rally class wins under its belt and has been prepared to tackle the worst a stage can throw at it. There's a full cage on board as well as plenty of skid plates, and everything else has been gutted in the name of weight savings.

The Juke, meanwhile, is a bonafide street-legal commuter. Where the 510 has race harnesses, the Juke has airbags, but it also has the benefit of all-wheel drive on its side. How did the two fair on the impromptu rally course? We won't ruin the surprise for you, but we will say that the show down was closer than we would have thought. Hit the jump to check out the clip for yourself.



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      ElvisOnVelvet
      • 3 Years Ago
      not a telling race but still fun, time spent watching a 510 kick up some dirt is time well spent. Nissan why why why no manual AWD Juke? i just don’t get it.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      That 510 is completely Mad Max.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Eyesore VS Eyesore!
      gary
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they put rally tires on the Juke it would have been several seconds faster. If it had rally tires AND a real manual transmission, it would have kicked the crap out of the old 510.
      wei8578
      • 3 Years Ago
      The old eyesore Datsun 510 still looks better than the Joke, er Juke.
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think the Juke is ugly at all. I'd get some bigger wheels, though.
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most.....boring...race...everZZZzzzzzzzzz A Juke riding down essentially a dirt frontage road (which had maybe what, 2 turns?) is all that not exciting...I don't care how much dramatic music you slather on.
      Alex Higgins
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Juke is a cool looking little car. Now the Cube is another matter.
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hot tip for the producers of this clip: lets get a 4cyl Honda Accord Wagon and I don't know, a Pontiac Aztek and race them down around an autocross. People will line up for that! It could be your second in the Snooze Cup Rally Series
      Italiano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lame.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        wtf comment got borked. I love dave coleman! He's a blogger on www.motoiq.com now!
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan, quit fooling around and make the manual available with AWD. Scrap the CVT, minimal efficiency improvements and completely decimates driving fun.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        10% isn't minimal. You may not like the sensation, but with proper programming a CVT has the ability to keep a turbo engine in the boost. It is better than an automatic both in performance and fuel economy (as seen in Nissan cars that offered both automatics and CVT's) A manual is more involving, but a CVT is going to sell more.
          lne937s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lne937s
          The belt shouldn't be slipping (that isn't how a CVT works). It will sometimes if the engine overpowers it, but that isn't how it is designed. If the CVT is designed to handle the engine it is attached to, it will transfer torque to the wheels as efficiently as a geared transmission. Most common "slipping" is from the torque converter (like an automatic transmission). However, newer CVT's have the torque converter lock up over a wider range.
          Rudukai13
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lne937s
          Fine, CVT's might have great efficiency. For those of us actually interested in taking control of our cars and enjoying the driving experience though, they suck donkey balls.
          TangoR34
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lne937s
          "with proper programming a CVT has the ability to keep a turbo engine in the boost." ...but the acceleration goes to waste since the belt can only slip at a certain rate before the friction fluid gives in and loses grip between the cones.
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