Fifty years after the 240Z won the East African Rally, Nissan gave the Juke the rally treatment.
Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 240Z’s East African Rally victory by giving the Juke the rally treatment. Seems a bit odd, considering the 400Z isn’t far from an official reveal, but anyway,
These pictures are just renderings, the car doesn’t actually exist which sucks because it looks … fine.
Nissan designers gave the eccentric Juke larger wheel arches to accommodate the all-terrain rubber, as well as additional lights on the black hood and roof. The colors, along with the black wheels and red paintwork, were chosen specifically in homage to the 1971 240Z which won the actual race.
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The Rally Juke would be powered by an “unspecified hybrid electric powertrain, allowing greater efficiency while providing additional instant torque to improve performance in all conditions.”
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Compare that to the 240Z’s 2.4-liter inline-six, which sent 156 kW to the rear wheels.
Coralie Musy, Vice President, Brand and Customer Experience, Nissan Automotive Europe, said: “The Juke Rally Tribute Concept celebrates an iconic moment in Nissan’s heritage, with the participation and victory of the legendary 240Z in the Rallye d’Afrique of the East in 1971.
“In addition to celebrating this victory, it reflects Nissan’s pioneering history of crossovers, striking design and electrified powertrains. We are delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the victory of this remarkable achievement with these striking images.
In 1971, a 240Z driven by Edgar Herrmann with navigator Hans Schüller won the East African Safari Rally. The car was lifted and fitted with large tires to handle the rough terrain. A trio of lights on the hood and a spotlight on the A-pillar lit the way forward.
Herrmann’s victory represented Nissan’s second consecutive victory in the East African Rally. Nissan restored the racing car in 2013 and made it part of the company’s heritage collection in Zama, Japan.