Meet Mike Gorman. Back in 2011, he was in the market for something practical and fuel efficient that would be comfortable enough for long drives. He ended up settling on a perfectly sensible choice—a front-wheel-drive Nissan Juke.
But Gorman couldn’t leave well enough alone. Despite the unconventional choice of vehicle, our guy here started modding. And, well, the plan seems to be going toward a really extreme goal.
As Jalopnik’s David Tracy discovered, Gorman hired FastReligion‘s Matthew Parris to make his Juke even faster. Initially, they got the Juke up from 188 to 260 horsepower. That still wasn’t enough. Gorman wanted more. Thus began Project Insane Juke:
The decision build something truly insane kicked off a year-long build of what’s likely the most muscular front-drive Juke in the world, documented in nearly 30 videos detailing every step of the process. The end goal? 500 horsepower out of a highly modified 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s crazy—especially considering this Juke is still front-wheel drive, with a completely stock continuously-variable transmission.
As you can imagine, more than doubling the Juke’s power output takes some serious modification. Among other modifications, it has a new Garrett GTX turbocharger, forged internals, a custom-fabricated manifold, and a CVT cooler. Plus, it has wider tires and a wide-body kit. Oh, and they’re putting in a nitrous oxide system.
Common sense would say this whole build is a terrible idea. A front-wheel-drive CUV with a CVT is the exact opposite of the kind of car you expect to get a 500-horsepower build. But you know what? We have to admire these guys for thinking outside the box. Let’s just hope the thing doesn’t grenade itself immediately.
Source : www.roadandtrack.com