In 1971 Nissan won the infamous East African Safari Rally with the 240Z. To mark the 50th anniversary of this success, the automobile manufacturer has now published sketches of what a modern rally racing car based on the Nissan Juke would look like. The car manufacturer is presenting the images of the Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept at the same time as the legendary Safari Rally, which is part of the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar for the first time in almost 20 years. The starting point for the concept vehicle is the standard Nissan Juke, which is particularly agile and has great off-road performance thanks to its robust, elevated roadholding and short overhangs.
Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept!
Enlarged wheel arches for tailor-made off-road tires ensure an even more impressive appearance. Additional headlights on the bonnet and roof underline the claim of the Juke Rally Tribute Concept as a competitive off-roader. In homage to the 240Z from 1971, the hood and wheels of the Juke are black. Nissan already presented the Gripz concept vehicle at the IAA 2015, which later influenced the design of the new series Juke. Under the hood of the Juke Rally Tribute Concept, a hybrid drive works, which enables greater efficiency and offers additional torque to improve performance in every driving situation.
In 1971 Nissan won the East African Safari Rally
"With the Juke Rally Tribute Concept we are commemorating the historic triumph of 1971," says Coralie Musy, Vice President, Brand & Customer Experience, Nissan AMIEO. “But we also want to emphasize Nissan's pioneering role in crossover models, design and electrification. We're excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of winning the East African Safari Rally with these impressive images. ”“ Nissan has just opened a new exciting chapter in its history, ”adds Coralie Musy. “We are in the middle of renewing our crossover range in Europe: The successor to the first generation of the Nissan Juke was introduced at the end of 2019 and is very popular. In addition, we have just brought the third generation of the Qashqai - electrified for the first time - onto the European market, while the robust X-Trail will follow next year. "
then: Edgar Herrmann / Hans Schüller in the 240Z
The legendary 240Z, which won the grueling East African Safari Rally in 1971, was driven by Kenyan Edgar Herrmann with his German co-driver Hans Schüller, who were able to repeat their previous year's success. With a second and a seventh place, other sister cars completed the successful record of the 1971 rally. The flat-cut, rear-wheel drive 240Z was powered by a 2,4-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that developed 154 kW (210 hp). The winning car was restored in 2013 and is now part of the Nissan Heritage Collection, which is not far from Nissan's headquarters in Zama, Japan, in the Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept!
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