so long story short it was a mixed result. Ive been doing this for about 13 years now so AutoX in itself is second nature to me but the Juke NISMO is going to be a bit of a learning curve. I thought I could just slide into the car drive it kinda sorta like the GTR and do decent. Not the case.. the first glaring issue im going to have to overcome is learning to keep the CVT in the correct ratio. this hindered all 5 of my runs today. a few years ago I was invited out my Nissan to an event at COTA where they had a AutoX competiton in some CVT Juke NISMO's and we did pretty good in them by driving with one hand and smacking the shifter down to 1st over and over.
with the RS and paddle shift today I started out in "1st" and it stayed there just fine for the first bit of the course as long as you were full throttle. The problem is at any hard braking or slow turn when you went back on to the power it would bump to 3rd and just kill the run. to compensate by the last few runs I learned to anticipate this and just at every corner where I was off throttle I would flick the paddle to hit the downshift without knowing what "gear" it was in which turned out to be ok as if it was already in 1st and I hit the paddle nothing would happen. so this was about the best solution I came up with. I even tried one run in "D" and it was ok but ran into the same issue as the ratio felt wrong when getting back on the power after a slow turn. on a course like this even "2nd" is too high as it needed to be in 1 in the whole time and I was seeing it go to 3 which I would downshift to 2 but like I said needed to be locked into 1
other issue was understeer. it was more noticeable than I thought. but part of the problem might have been me for two reasons..#1 im used to only driving the GTR where I just brute force the course and let it just pull out of the turns. #2 I was pushing this car hard to keep the rpms up so it wouldnt upshift. I think if I backed everything up a bit did some earlier braking a lot of that would go away but everytime I was on brakes I was scared I would look down and see it in 3rd which meant a botched run
so im going to stick with it but it was a different than expected and I was a few secs off where i think I needed to be compared to the usual cars that run.
So poor gear selection for optimal power delivery and gross understeer... 2 of the 3 glaring and measurable negatives about this car I mentioned when you started looking at this dog of a vehicle (and the same I continue to mention to anyone considering a Juke in any capacity other than a grocery or doggy hauler). That isn't even considering the very subjective aesthetics of the Juke. I know you are brand loyal and hope you really do enjoy your purchase, but it is far from the best option for the role you were looking to fill or in its class. At the very least, you will save lots of dough on GT-R wearables if you continue to AutoX the Juke.