Monday, June 27, 2011

Nissan Juke to Tackle Goodwood Hill Climb Balancing on Two Wheels

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Nissan will attempt to claim the record for fastest four-wheeled vehicle driven on two wheels up the hill at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed - one of the most famous car gatherings in the world. Goodwood's hill climb event attracts all kinds of rare and exotic machines, from vintage sports cars to current and past Formula 1 racers. As the compact CUV would have a hard time competing among such lofty company, Nissan has decided to go for a less common - and more gimmicky - record.


In order to capture the record, the Nissan Juke will have to complete the course with just two of its four wheels on the ground. Although there's nothing particularly special about the Juke that will help it accomplish this feat - with the possible exception of its relatively small size - having an experienced stunt driver at the helm will probably make the task easier. The stuntman who will help Nissan in its attempt at two-wheeled fame is Terry Grant, whose considerable experience as a professional stunt driver should make the effort at least entertaining to watch.

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"I've experienced Goodwood before but never attempted to set a new record," said Grant. "To have the chance to grab not only one but two records at the same event will hopefully provide everyone with a very entertaining spectacle."

The second record Grant refers to involves an all-electric Nissan Leaf driving up the hill backwards. That car's electric drivetrain, when certain safety measures are disabled, is capable of accelerating the car backwards just as fast as it can going forward - up to a theoretical 90 mph. While both record attempts will likely be challenging for Grant, our money is on the two-wheel balancing act in the Juke being the more difficult of the two - not to mention the more fun to watch.

Source: Nissan