The Nissan Juke-R found some adventurous extracurriculars to take part in while in Dubai to pace the Dunlop 24-Hour race. Nissan said it would be making a film of the Juke-R taking on other street-legal supercars in the Dubai International Marina, but that race is meant to include a Mercedes/McLaren SLR-engined Mercedes-Benz SLK.

This appears to be something different, with the Juke-R going up against a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, a Mercedes SLS AMG, and a Ferrari 458 Italia. Lucas Ordonez, the first GTAcademy winner from 2008 is reportedly behind the wheel of the Juke-R. We don't know the driving level of his competition, but we do know this: Nissan's little beastie is really, really quick. Check out the (admittedly grainy) video after the jump to have your horizons expanded.



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      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight... Dubai is full of rich oil tycoons, and we end up with a person who uploaded their video from a potato?
      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the "...they were risking their lives out there.." line towards the end. Um, no. Soldiers risk their lives...Astronauts risk their lives... These guys were just dicking around w/ expensive cars for fun...
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a huge fan of the Juke-R but that video doesn't do it any justice. Get it on a decent track, stop half-assing a drifting contest, and get someone other than the Sheikh's grandma to drive the SLS, then we'll have a race.
      Derek
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seeing .WMV takes me back to a terrible time in the history of technology... Back on topic, that is one heck of an engine...
      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of these things is not like the other....
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      It does look like fun. A tight course like this gives an advantage to an AWD car with a short wheelbase. On gravel, I think the Juke R would be even more fun... They should come out with a hotter Juke, even if it is just an retuned turbo/intake/exhaust upgrade to the current drivetrain and a sport suspension. It would be awesome if Nissan offered a ~500hp Juke to compete with the ZL1 and GT500, but you would have to go with a little more simple setup to make it at a reasonable price point (i.e. turbocharged G37X drivetrain, rather than the more complicated hand-made setup from the GTR).
        Student Driver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        And the 560-4 isn't AWD? But I do agree that it's a tight course; reminds me of autocrossing to an extent. I wonder what the peak speeds were. I can't imagine that the Mercedes or Ferrari had much of a chance with what appeared to be very slippery corners. Passing would have been a pain too. But, since the Juke kept pulling on them, I consider it to be a good, if not optimal, pop-quiz of its relative performance. Take all of them on a real road course and I imagine all the other cars would do quite a bit better. But this is a Juke, so who cares. ;-)
      AnthonyL
      • 2 Years Ago
      So when can we see the Juke-R take down a GT-R?
        Varcity
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AnthonyL
        The Juke-R is heavier than a GTR and has a higher center of gravity, and a top speed of 170mph. The GTR is perfectly safe.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like this was filmed in the 90's.
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every time I see this thing I think "man, that'd make one god damned awesome rally car".
      evannever
      • 2 Years Ago
      Juke - R - Tard. ...I'll take my down-votes off the air, thank you.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        Would that "proper electric racer" live in the Niagara Falls area?
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      When it comes to "trolling", Nissan is the master.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        BTW, when will Nissan learn that someone looking to purchase any of those cars has absolutely NO interest in a GTR/Juke-R. There's more to a car than just speed. Look up the word "Supercar" and you'll see why Nissan doesn't make any.
          Andre Neves
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          imag, Oh ok. I thought the fact that they were racing quarter million dollar cars next to a marina full of yachts in Dubai maybe had something to do with their intentions. Give me a break.
          Shanti
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          I'm with imag. They probably won't even build the Juke-R, but whether they do or not, they clearly want to show off to their prospective customers what it (and by extension, Nissan engineering) can do.
          Kris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          imag is absolutely right! The point was this video that we comment right now. Millions of people will see how a Nissan beats expensive supercars and that is all Nissan wanted. It's a cheap PR what it is. Nothing more, nothing less.
          gus115
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          If Nissan R390 is GT1 not a supercar, I don't know what is.
          Varcity
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          Nissan HQ did not approve the Juke-R build, if they did, don't you think it would've been done in-house? It was commissioned by Nissan UK, and there is absolutely no chance of it going into production.
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