Nissan Juke rally concept celebrates 240Z victory in East Africa
Nissan has unveiled a rally-specific Juke concept based on the 240Z which won the formidable East African Rally 50 years ago.
The Juke Rally Tribute concept is inspired by the design of the 240Z, including prominent front headlamps, retro red exterior paint with a contrasting black hood, and racing decals on the side of the car. The Juke also gains taller wheel arches to accommodate bespoke off-road tires and sits significantly higher than the road car.
Nissan also said the rally concept – a digital render for now – would feature a hybrid electric powertrain to deliver more torque and greater efficiency, and to underscore the company’s commitment to electrify its lineup of cars. models.
“The Juke Rally Tribute concept celebrates an iconic moment in Nissan’s heritage, with the legendary 240Z participating in and winning the East African Rally in 1971,” said Coralie Musy, vice-president of the Nissan brand and customer experience division.
“As well as 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 ”
The 240Z won the East African Safari Rally in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika in 1971, driven by Edgar Herrmann with navigator Hans Schüller. It was the company’s second consecutive win in the series.
The original car was powered by a 2.4-liter inline-six engine developing 207 hp. The winning 240Z car was restored in 2013 and is now part of the Nissan Heritage Collection, which is located in Zama, Japan.
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