The Nissan Juke Successfully Completes The Goodwood Hill Climb On Two Wheels

Nissan Juke
Nissan Juke

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Nissan Juke took on the Goodwood Hill in an attempt to set a new record, successfully climbing the Goodwood Hill on two wheels, claiming a new Guinness World Record by covering the course in 2 minutes 55 seconds.

Stunt driver Terry Grant successfully completed the course five times, including some runs with passengers on board. He confessed: "It was really hairy... bloody hard work, if you know what you're doing, driving a car on two wheels in a straight line is comparatively easy. But the Goodwood course has corners, inclines and obstacles... there are trees and walls everywhere. I nearly rolled it on every run."

A ramp was used just ahead of the start line to get the Nissan Juke on two wheels before the first corner, which is nearly 90 degree right turn. "That was where it started getting tricky. I had to tease it round, knowing that if I turned the wheel too far - or touched the grass - I'd be on the roof. Not enough and it would fall back onto all four wheels," said Grant.

Towards the end of the course is a flint wall jutting onto the track. "Driving on two wheels is like driving with one hand over your left eye and another hand obscuring half the right - from where I was, tucked down on the right of the car, all I could see was the bonnet of the car and a bit of sky. I couldn't see where the wall was at all."

After the first run, Grant took passengers on three of the runs. "I had circuit commentator Amanda Stretton on one run, complete with 12 on-board cameras. I also took Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony up the hill - both Amanda and Anthony sat in the back on their runs.

"But the most difficult was on the Sunday when I took Aussie motorcycle stunt rider Robbie Maddison up. Robbie was in the front, half out of the car and waving to the crowds all the way up!"

The only difference to a standard Nissan Juke were new Yokohama production tyres which were fitted for each run.

Published : 12/07/11 Author : Staff

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