With the eastern United States currently in the grips of blizzards and other arctic like weather patterns, Nissan has taken the veil off of a one of a kind Juke RSnow that aims to make good use of the abundant snow to produce new levels of thrills.
While this unique vehicle started out as a run of the mill Juke RS, Nissan engineers have made several modifications to the RSnow to maximize its potential as winter assault vehicle. The exterior styling of the vehicle retains much of its base styling theme but to accommodate the tracks, Nissan engineers had to revamp the front and rear fascias to allow them to accept the transplant without any rubbing or premature wear as a result of the modified platform underneath.
The most obvious change performance wise is the fore-mentioned track system. Known officially as the Dominator Track System, it is designed by American Track Truck and is roughly similar to the system that not only see’s duty in some variations of snow cat, but also the track equipped Fiesta and Raptor that was created by famous race car driver Ken Block. The system required engineers to reprogram the all-wheel drive system to make it work more effectively with the treads. Nissan claimed that no changes had to be made to the 211 horsepower 1.6 liter turbocharged four cylinder though the company remained tight lipped on which transmission is powering the tracked RSnow. The treads as well as the associated weight gain that comes with them do limit top speed to 62 mph but considering the type of terrain that this vehicle will traverse its actually not that big of a handicap.
The unveiling of the RSnow could be considered a surprise since it was unveiled with little fanfare on Nissan’s twitter page but exploded across social media with the hashtags #Snowmaggedon2015 and #MyJanuaryIn5Words. For enthusiasts that are wondering whether this unveiling will lead to a production version like the Mercedes Benz G63 AMG 6×6 will be disappointed to hear that it is not going to see a formal production run, and the RSnow is a one of a kind creation that will see duty as a support vehicle for an upcoming driving event in Lapland Finland. Nissan has promised to release more details about the RSnow closer to its official debut, but in the meantime the company has released several images and video clips of the RSnow in action.