Nissan Set To Excite At Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Nissan are set to entertain the crowds once again at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a number of activities planned for the weekend. Terry Grant, the stunt driver who engrossed spectators last year by driving a Nissan Juke the entire length of the famous course on two wheels, setting a world record in the process, will be back in action for the Japanese car marque, driving a Nissan LEAF in another unique world record attempt. Details of his attempt will be released closer to the Goodwood weekend.

After Grant's entertainment, current FIA GT1 world champion Michael Krumm will show off his GT-R GT1 race car to the crowds and in doing so could produce one of the fastest hill climbs of the festival. Also setting a time will be Nissan's experimental LEAF NISMO RC car, a first for Goodwood, as it will be the maiden timed run for an all-electric racing car. All eyes will be on both of these displays to see what times both man and machine can achieve.

Also present in the paddock, though not setting times, will be the latest 'Track Pack' GT-R supercar and the infamous Juke-R. The latter was originally only ever built as a concept, yet after several serious enquiries from prospective buyers, Nissan has decided to build a small number of Juke-Rs strictly to order.

The exclusivity of the Juke-R means it is not within everyone's grasp, and so a hot crossover version has also been made, tuned by NISMO, which features upgrades to the engine, chassis as well as styling changes. This car, which is due to go on sale in theUKin early 2013, will also be on display at the festival.

Nissan's stand will also be full of excitement away from the cars, as visitors will be able to get the chance to re-enact the current Juke TV advertisement by strapping themselves into a multi-axle motion platform and wearing a state-of-the art 3D head-mounted display. This will enable them to jump out of a virtual aeroplane and gain points judged on the amount of 'thrill' experienced. For more conventional gamers, visitors will also have the chance to take part in the now famous GT Academy competition. The partnership between Sony PlayStation and Nissan allows virtual drivers who think they have what it takes to maybe become a real racing driver.

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