Nissan has seen an opportunity and grabbed it, setting a Guinness world record for the fastest mile (and a bit) on two wheels.
Now you may be asking, ‘there’s a Nissan motorcycle that I’m yet to hear about..?’. Well no, the Japanese company has used one of its four-wheeled products instead.
So we’re talking about the fastest two-wheeled mile set by a four-wheeled vehicle, and the compact Juke Nismo RS SUV was the weapon of choice.
After striking the ramp at the precise angle and speed, the Juke was hoisted up onto its offside wheels to begin a lap of the course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Two minutes and ten seconds later, the Juke had crossed the finish line, completing the 1.16 mile (1.9km) course at an average of around 30 MPH (48km/h).
Despite choosing to negotiate the course on only two wheels, Juke driver, Terry Grant, managed to avoid leaving the course and damaging the car, which can’t be said for one of Mazda’s 767B racers at the same event.
The previous mark for the two-wheeled mile was 2m45s; Grant comfortably shaving 35 seconds off the old record.
Now that the new base has been set for a record up on two-wheels, where will things go to from here?
Nissan may well decide to send its 441kW Juke-R 2.0 concept around the course next time, although the extra power wouldn’t necessarily translate into a faster lap time (on two wheels, that is).
Will Koenigsegg modify its One:1 hypercar for a crack at the two-wheeled mile? Unlikely, it may be down to Nissan to try and beat its own mark at next year’s Goodwood.
Time will tell.
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