Nissan Juke sets fastest mile on two wheels

Grant on his way to posting the fastest mile on two wheels using the Nissan Juke NISMO RS.

Grant on his way to posting the fastest mile on two wheels using the Nissan Juke NISMO RS.

Stuntman Terry Grant has broken his own world record for the fastest mile traveled on two wheels in a four­wheeled vehicle ­ the sporty incarnation of Nissan’s Juke, the NISMO RS.

Grant had six attempts at traveling up the famous Goodwood hillclimb course during the recent Festival of Speed, but broke the record on the first go, achieving a time of two minutes and 10 seconds (2:10).

That eclipses his previous record, set in a Nissan Juke at the Festival of Speed in 2011, of 2:55 and sets a new benchmark for the unique challenge.

The jeopardy­filled drive was the culmination of three months of practice and set­up for Grant.

“I was shocked at how much faster the Juke NISMO RS was and to take 45 seconds off what was already a quick time, was unbelievable,” Grant said.

“To break it by so much on my first attempt was a great way to kick off the weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing if I can go faster,” he added.

The Juke NISMO RS is the hot new performance version of Nissan’s popular crossover, with years of racetrack heritage taken from the enigmatic NISMO brand marrying the Juke with impressive power credentials, aggressive styling and optimum handling capabilities.

The car’s two­wheeled antics was one of many highlights from the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which also featured the global debut of the Juke­R 2.0 concept ­ the ultimate performance version of the Juke.

Elsewhere, Nissan also showcased its other performance models, crossover line­up and electric vehicle range on a stand stuffed with interactive experiences and access to Nissan’s sports personality ambassadors, including Olympic cycling hero turned sportscar racing driver, Sir Chris Hoy.

Nissan also gave away three “golden ticket” entries to its pioneering GT Academy competition, which will endeavour to create yet more brand new racing drivers out of Gran Turismo 6 gamers when the Academy Race Camp kicks off in Abu Dhabi in October. Throughout the Goodwood weekend, motorsports fans were invited to take part in virtual races on the circular PlayStation race pods, with the top racers going through a series of activities and interviews.


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