Skip to main content

Making Snow Tracks: Nissan Juke NISMO RSnow Blasts Across Lapland

Photo Credit: Nissan

Nissan is an automobile brand definitely focused on going places. Intent to become a global challenger, the Japanese-born car company has increased its profile on almost every front. In the past several years, Nissan expanded their commercial vehicle brand into the lucrative United States/ Canada, made their electric-powered Leaf one of the most-produced vehicles of its kind and has expanded their motorsport interest with NISMO. At the beginning of this week, Nissan introduced the successor to last year's Le Mans-contending ZEOD RC as they took the covers off the GT-R LM. In Sweden, a produced-based product of Nissan's NISMO brand found the fast lane on a surface very familiar to Canadians in the middle of winter.

Turning an all-wheel drive Nissan Juke NISMO RS into a mean 197-horsepower snowmobile, a level of winter traction has been made possible by replacing the tires with tracks. Fitted with snow tracks provided by Dominator Track Systems, the Nissan Juke NISMO RSnow demonstrated the ability to guide through 50 centimeters of deep powder snow at a frozen Uddjaur Lake in Arjeplog in Lapland. Weighing 810 pounds, the snow track system could handle speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour. A few minor tweaks were required for the Nissan crossover. Cosmetically, the Juke NISMO RSnow received slight modifications to the front and rear fascia. Nissan also reprogrammed the torque-vectoring AWD system to provide a more optimized driving experience for the Juke NISMO RSnow on the Swedish terrain.

The custom equipment of snow tracks is not a new process for automobiles. Specifically in Canada, numerous Ford Model T cars were fitted with tracks to the rear wheel area and skis at the front during the early 20st century. On the American Track Truck website, numerous other examples of modern snow track-equipped trucks and sport utility/crossover vehicles exist with all-wheel drives. A sample of the list of vehicles compatible with the Dominator Track Systems tracks includes Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Escape and Range Rover. Even the Subaru Impreza could for fitted with the snow tracks.

To see the Nissan Juke NISMO RSnow in action, the automaker provided the following Youtube clip:


Popular posts from this blog

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Review

Photo Credit: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. untitled A companion to the NTT IndyCar Series finale weekend on the streets of Long Beach, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship staged a 26-car race on Saturday consisting of DPi, GTLM and GTD class machines. With the conclusion of the 1-hour, 40-minute Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach sports car event, the overall winner was the #31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac shared by the driving duo of Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani. The victory was a decisive weekend for the Whelen Engineering Racing team that had scored the pole position and went on to take the checkered flag with a 10.95-second gap over the #01 Cadillac fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing with Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande. Corvette Racing enjoyed a dominant outing in the GTLM category. Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner in the #4 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R beat the #3 car shared by Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor. Only three GTLM class vehicles ran at Long Be

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Quickest In Qatar Qualifying

Photo Credit: LAT Images for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd. Saturday’s qualifying for the inaugural Formula 1 race in the Arab nation of Qatar has assembled what is certain to be a dramatic opening lap showdown between this season’s title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. In setting the grid for Sunday’s 57-lap main event on the fast, high grip 5.380-kilometer Losail International Circuit, it was the driver of the #44 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team race car that took honours. Lewis Hamilton’s pole-winning lap time of 1-minute, 20.827 seconds in the final Q3 session putting a cap on a time trial where the seven-time World Drivers’ Champion handily controlled through the three sessions. Joining Hamilton on the front row of the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix will be Max Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing machine. The Honda-powered entrant was 0.455 seconds slower than the rival Mercedes race car. With the race at Losail being the third-to-last event on the 2021 Form

Ignition for the Integra: Acura's New 2023 Sport Compact

Photo Credit: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. untitled In August, Honda’s luxury car brand Acura shared an intriguing teaser image accompanied by the revelation that a classic sport compact name would return. Included in a rather familiar close-up promotional shot capturing a headlamp and part of the Diamond Pentagon grille, the key focus was a nameplate reading “Integra”. A rear image of a five-door hatchback shape dropped in late September while a picture of a six-speed manual shifter released in mid-October clearly as a means to tantalize a modern premium sport compact crowd. After a 20-year hiatus, the Integra is once again part of the Acura lineup. A five-door hatchback touting a coupe-like shape, the 2023 Acura Integra will give entry-level luxury car buyers a strong taste of performance attitude. As was the case with the previous Integra models, the Honda Civic platform serves as the basis for this latest premium compact. While the new Civic hatchback’s silhouette i