The 2021 Nissan Juke Rally Tribute was inspired by the 1971 Triumph Rally
Nissan is celebrating its 50th anniversary since driver Edgar Herrman and navigator Hans Schüller won the African rally rivalry in 1971 on a 240Z. The brand has published photos of a new concept of rally with a revolutionary look.
The name Juke has been around for a long time and like most cars it has seen its ups and downs over the years. The Original juke first rolled off the production line in 2010. It had innovative technological features inside, a huge and sturdy engine under the hood, and an exterior design that featured swept-back bodywork and split headlights, which made it one of a kind, especially during this era.
Sadly, its sales declined over the years and eventually fell fatally in 2017, sending Nissan back to the drawing board. Two years later, the Juke was revived when Nissan introduced a second-generation Juke model to the European market. This time it featured a sleeker design that made it look like an infant crossover, with the performance of a larger crossover. Since then, the Juke has grown into one of the most popular and successful vehicles in Europe.
For 2021, Nissan has set out to create a performance-driven concept vehicle inspired by the second-generation Juke and Edgar Herrmann’s epic rally victory 50 years ago. The result was the Juke Rally Tribute. This concept car gets its mini crossover to build properties from the second Juke and features extended wheel arches, new bumpers and plenty of additional lights at both ends. It also gets bigger wheels and two spare wheels at the rear.
The Juke Rally Tribute concept pays homage to the iconic 240Z that won the East African Safari Rally in 1971. However, it is unlikely to go into production. However, it’s still a great trick to think about. Read on to learn more about the concept’s history, specifications and more.
Nissan Juke Rally Tribute concept was inspired by the 1971 rally victory
The rally has been a very popular sporting event for as long as we can remember. For the automakers, the rally was and still is a huge chance to show off the capabilities of their vehicles in this sport. In 1971, the East African Rally was a very big deal as a highly anticipated race.
When the Nissan 240Z arrived with a triumph, it was a definite success for the brand. Led by Edgar Herrmann and piloted by Hans Schüller, the 240Z takes first place.
The victorious 240Z had a unique design that featured an aerodynamic body to maximize its rally performance. Under the hood, the legendary 240Z ran on a 2.4-liter inline-six engine, which produced a staggering 207 hp – perfect for rally racing. This engine [paired with a four-speed manual gearbox to power the rear wheels. As a consecutive win, other competitors who were driving 240Z came in second and seventh places.
Besides celebrating the win, Nissan is also reflecting on its achievements in producing some of the best crossovers, electric powertrains, and other pioneering technology, according to Coralie Musy, the Vice President, Brand and Customer Experience of Nissan’s European Branch.
More than four decades later, the rally-winning car was restored to good condition. As of 2021, the 240Z rest among Nissan’s most treasured car collections, somewhere near the brand’s global headquarters in Zama, Japan.
The Juke Rally Tribute Concept Looks Rally-Ready, But It Only Exists In Renderings
According to the car and driver report, Safari Rally Kenya will return to the World Rally Championship calendar for the first time in nearly 19 years. In commemoration of the impending African rally, Nissan has released images of its Juke Rally Tribute concept.
On the outside, the Juke received much of its styling and color mixes from the 1971 victory car. The under-wide wheel arch was extended to accommodate the wider sporty tires. The exterior also includes auxiliary lighting like the circular lamps on the hood and an integrated light car with rectangular LED lights in the roof rack.
For added visual appeal, Nissan added redesigned bumpers, a more robust skid plate and short overhangs, which showcase the car’s extreme performance in rallying.
What is the future of the Nissan Juke Rally Tribute?
The Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept only exists in pictures, and there is no possibility of it going off the production line, at least to our knowledge. As such, we cannot focus on exact engine specifications or performance capabilities.
For now, the juke is no longer available in the US market. Instead, it was replaced by the Nissan kicks, the latest version of which debuted in 2020.
Nissan has a strong desire to create high powered vehicles. Recall that Nissan created the Juke-R, which was powered by a turbocharged V6 engine producing up to 545 hp. In that sense, there could be hope for Juke Rally after all. And when it does, Nissan visualizes the Juke Rally running on a hybrid powertrain.
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