Car In Desert

Following the release of images last year to celebrate Nissan’s participation in the East African Rally 50 years earlier, the Nissan JUKE Hybrid Rally Tribute has now come to life, with support from long-standing partner Shell.

The JUKE Hybrid Rally Tribute has moved from design sketch to a fully operational one-off vehicle, with the preview ahead of the introduction of the JUKE Hybrid in Europe this summer.

The prototype has the production version’s hybrid powertrain at its heart, with Shell having equipped it with innovative lubricants and biofuel to power the car.

The Tribute car is a homage to the Nissan 240Z Datsun, with the Shell heritage Pecten being displayed on the Tribute in reference to the iconic rally car which won the East African Rally in 1971.

Selda Gunsel, VP Global Lubricants and Fuels Technology at Shell, said: “Our role in equipping the car with innovative lubricants and biofuel is an extension of our long-term partnership with Nissan. The partnership enables us to combine our innovation and R&D resources and to showcase how both companies are accelerating the shift to cleaner mobility and helping customers around the world. As a partner with Nissan on the original 1971 East African Rally car, and in the spirit of the Tribute project, it’s great to see the Shell heritage Pecten displayed on the Tribute car.”

The car uses ‘Shell Helix Hybrid’, a high-performance engine oil which is designed to provide specialist protection for hybrid engines. It provides longer protection for the car’s hybrid engine due to its antioxidation properties, as well as the condensed water and acid in its formulation protecting against rust and corrosion.

Shell Helix Hybrid uses ‘PurePlus Technology’ which is a base oil made from Natural Gas that is 99.5% pure. Shell Helix Hybrid has a lower viscosity that enables it to flow much faster* at extreme low temperatures (down to –40°C) for easier starting and quicker engine warm-up. Shell Helix Hybrid also provides up to 3% greater fuel economy** to enable the engine to burn less fuel on long journeys and thus results in lower emissions.

Shell is also supplying a new and innovative biofuel for the Tribute car. The biofuel is made from 33% renewable components which generate CO2 savings of at least 20% compared to conventional gasoline. Shell will compensate for the remaining lifecycle CO2 emissions of by purchasing appropriate certificates from selected climate protection programmes, known as Nature Based Solutions.

Coralie Musy, Vice President, Brand and Customer Experience, Nissan’s AMIEO region, said: “The JUKE Hybrid Rally Tribute represents our optimism and daring mindset. We are currently preparing an exciting new chapter of JUKE history in advance of the introduction of the new JUKE Hybrid in the summer. It will offer the excitement and agility customers would expect of our iconic crossover, with both improved performance and efficiency. The JUKE Hybrid Rally Tribute takes its playful character to a new level.”


* Compared with API SN/SN PLUS specification and based on ASTM D4684 mini-rotary viscometer test results

** Based on ACEA M111 fuel economy results compared with the industry reference oi

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