GT-R-powered Nissan Qashqai becomes fastest SUV in the world

If you loved the idea of the Nissan Juke Nismo from a couple of years ago, then you’ll love this. It’s a custom build by a company called Severn Valley Motorsport (SVM), and what they’ve done is transform the humble Qashqai into a fire-breathing monster. And broken a world record in the process.

Starting with the first-generation Qashqai, the team ripped out the standard four-cylinder engine, which produces 106kW in Australian spec, and put in its place the beating heart of the mighty Nissan GT-R. It’s not just any GT-R engine either. It’s the latest VR38 from the current-gen R35. Only, it’s not the standard tune. It has a pair of very large Extreme Turbo Systems turbochargers mounted on it. They support up to 2000hp (1492kW).

A bunch of other serious components are bolted on, including a big ETS front-mounted intercooler, K&N air filters with custom ram horn intakes, carbon fibre intake manifolds, and custom braided lines and gold heat shields. There’s also a custom aero bodykit to help the small SUV cut through the air during seriously high speeds.

The team wanted to claim the world record for the fastest SUV. And it has done it, clocking 237.8mph (383km/h) at the recent VMax 200 event. This puts it ahead of the previous record-holding Toyota Land ‘Speed’ Cruiser, which did 230mph (370km/h) last year.

According to SVM’s Facebook page, the team ran three runs. The first at 207mph, then 222mph, and then the 237 run. It hints at a potential 252mph (406km/h) run in the future. A video of the record run is on the way, and we’ll update this story as soon as it’s available.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.