Calgary Herald

Nissan builds 240Z-inspired rally car

- MATTHEW GUY

It's always good to remember your roots, and Nissan is doing so in a big way by rendering a modified Juke that recalls the brand's rally success with its 240Z sports car in the early 1970s.

Details are scant on what might power such a rig, but the larger wheels and tires, fettled bumpers at both ends, and the pair of knobby tires sticking out from where the cargo hatch used to reside are clear to see. Auxiliary lighting peppers the exterior, including two round lamps appended to the Juke's hood that add to the unique styling of Nissan's frog-faced little crossover.

The famed 240Z rally winner was restored about 10 years ago and is now part of Nissan's heritage collection.

While there's nothing to suggest Nissan has any plans to produce a machine like the Juke Rally Tribute concept, the company has a habit of going through with oddball plans.

Witness the Juke-r, which saw engineers force-feed the engine from a GT-R into the back seat of what was then their smallest crossover vehicle.

There have also been a number of privateers who've used the Juke as the starting point for their own rally builds.

Nissan replaced the frog-faced Juke with the more convention­ally styled Kicks in Canada a couple of years ago as the entry-level vehicle in its crossover and SUV lineup.

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 ?? NISSAN ?? Inspiratio­n for the Juke rally car, left, comes from the 240Z that claimed victory in the 1971 East African Safari Rally, right.
NISSAN Inspiratio­n for the Juke rally car, left, comes from the 240Z that claimed victory in the 1971 East African Safari Rally, right.

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