In general, when you modify a car to make tons of horsepower, you want to beef up the drivetrain. You know, so you don’t leave shredded gears and oil all over the road after a launch. But Nissan technician Matthew Parris from Massachusetts is going to risk it by shoving 500 ponies through a standard Juke SL’s CVT transmission. Pray for him.
The build, called Project Insane Juke, is being documented on FastReligion’s YouTube page, and goes back more than a year when Mike, the owner of a Juke, told Matthew he wanted something a little different and a bit “funky.”
Now Matthew is in Massachusetts, and Mike drove all the way up from Texas to have him work on phase three, which includes the big stuff. The Juke is getting a new custom manifold (see above) with a Garrett GTX-series turbo, a new downpipe, a CAT-less straightpipe, a widebody kit, wider 295-section tires, a deeper CVT pan, a CVT cooler (which he plans to mount under the car with a fan), forged engine internals, a rear seat delete, racing seats and Nitrous Oxide.
This build is more than just a guy bolting on some accessories, it shows some legitimate fabricating—and even some engineering— skill. Check out the awesome liquid-cooled charge air cooler system:
Matthew says he thinks he can get that beefed-up 1.6-liter to make 500 horsepower. Those ponies will be sent through the essentially-stock CVT and an open front differential.