What would happen if you put the GT-R's engine into the Nissan Qashqai?
Thankfully, the Severn Valley Motorsport "FrankenQai" answers this question, and we have a video to prove it. The FrankenQai, aka the Qashqai R, is a modified Qashqai that has the underpinnings of a very highly tuned Nissan GT-R.
The performance figures for this vehicle are almost unbelievable. The Qashqai R has a horsepower of 1,100 bhp, a 0-62 mph time of 2.7 seconds, a 0-124 mph time of 7.5 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 9.9 seconds. Top speed comes in at a staggering 222 mph!
This video shows the Qashqai R put to the test, driven by the guys at SVM. The testing took place at a recent Vmax event at Bruntingthorpe. Going up against a 950 bhp modified GT-R, it doesn't even look scared.
Other than the new engine (which also was tinkered with), the Qashqai R received a number of modifications.
The Qashqai+2 was mercilessly gutted to its bare shell, around which a jig was built to hold the body in place so nothing moved out of shape. This was then set to one side to marinade.
Step forward a standard MY12 GT-R. The team had no qualms about hacking ‘Godzilla’ to pieces, ripping off the body but keeping the drivetrain and chassis - basically the entire floorpan - intact.
Then, after many inventive swear words, some bludgeoned fingers and herculean quantities of tea, the Qashqai R was birthed: the ‘Qai’s shell was carefully lowered into position on top of the GT-R’s floorpan, and the two were matched shut.
I’m guessing they didn’t stop there.
Nope. SVM thought: ‘Well, we’ve come this far, let’s just tickle the engine a bit’. And so the engine was tickled. And then SVM thought: ‘Well, we’ve come this far, let’s just tickle the engine some more’. And so the engine was tickled some more.
So much more, in fact, that it produces a nice, round 1100bhp. Or perhaps even more.
The 3.8-litre V6 was bored out to 4.1-litres, forged pistons and rods capable of handling 1300bhp were fitted, the whole lot was balanced and treated to SVM cylinder heads, bigger SVM turbos with bigger compressor pipes, high-flow intake pipes, a cat-less stainless steel exhaust, better cooling, motorsport injectors with Veyron fuel pumps, a modified clutch and diff brace, carbon brakes with braided brake lines all round, KW coilover suspension with Eibach anti-roll bars front and rear, new electronics, 20in alloys, and the full interior from the R35 GT-R. Oh, and some Bose audio.