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Nissan drops GT-R engine in the Juke-R: Video

Wed, 26 Oct 2011

Nissan, in its quest to garner as many Facebook “likes” as possible, released the fourth video in its Juke-R series.

This clip shows Nissan engineers planning how to shoehorn the massive 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V6 from the GT-R in the Juke's engine bay, made for a 1.6-liter. First they had to support the frame by welding a jig in place. Then they can attempt to mate the engine and the frame, customizing spots for mounts and plumbing.

Heat management is key, according to Nissan, considering the 480-hp transplant produces massive amounts of heat. That means that the bodywork has to make aerodynamic sense and all of the heat shields need to be placed properly. The entire cooling package will be ported over from the GT-R.

On Tuesday, Nissan revealed the first Juke-R for journalists in Spain, in all of its carbon-fiber and matte-finish glory. Nissan doesn't plan to sell the Frankensteined crossover, but two have been made as engineering exercises--one right-hand drive and one left-hand drive.

Testing of the car begins in November.

By Jake Lingeman