Commemorate 50 years since the victory of the legendary Nissan model - Datsun 240Z - in the Safari Rally, the brand publishes sketches showing the concept of a modern rally Nissan based on the JUKE model. The release of images of the Nissan JUKE Rally Tribute Concept coincides with the first day of the legendary Kenyan Safari Rally, which returns to the WRC calendar after 19 years.
Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the victory of the legendary Datsun 240Z in the Safari Rally.
The JUKE series has become a natural starting point for the design of the JUKE Rally Tribute Concept, thanks to its elevated silhouette with short front and rear overhangs that provide exceptional maneuverability and high off-road potential.
Extended wheel arches that easily fit racing tires give the JUKE Rally Tribute Concept an even more imposing silhouette, while additional headlights on the hood and roof emphasize the car's off-road character.
The black hood and black wheels of the Nissan JUKE Rally Tribute Concept visually echo the look of the 1971 240Z at the Safari Rally. The same elements were used in the Nissan Gripz concept car unveiled by Nissan at the IAA 2015 in Frankfurt. In turn, Gripz became the inspiration for the Nissan JUKE production model, which was launched in 2019.
As part of Nissan's electrification strategy, the JUKE Rally Tribute Concept will feature a hybrid powertrain for increased efficiency and extra torque, as well as performance in all conditions.
Corali Musi, VP Brand & Customer Service, Nissan Automotive Europeshe said:
“With the JUKE Rally Tribute Concept, we are celebrating a landmark moment in Nissan's history with the entry and victory of the legendary 240Z in the 1971 Safari Rally. Regardless of the anniversary of this victory, the design of the concept car reflects Nissan's pioneering achievements in crossovers, unique design and electric powertrain. We are pleased to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the victory and outstanding achievements of the company, culminating in this outstanding project.”
“Nissan is writing an exciting new chapter in the history of the company. The process of updating our crossover offer in the European market continues. At the end of 2019, the second generation of the groundbreaking, iconic JUKE was introduced. The car is very popular among buyers. We also recently launched the third generation of the bestselling Qashqai, available with a new electrified powertrain. The all-new X-Trail will go on sale next year,” she added.
In 1971, Edgar Herrmann, piloted by Hans Schüller, was behind the wheel of the legendary 240Z that won the extremely demanding Safari Rally. The rally was undeniably a success for Nissan, with the 240Z taking second and seventh places respectively. Moreover, it was the brand's second consecutive victory in this rally.
The rear wheel drive low bed 240Z was powered by a 210 hp 2.4-liter straight-six engine. The winning car was restored in 2013. It is now part of the Nissan Automotive Heritage Collection, located in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, near the brand's headquarters.