The fastest SUV in the world: a Nissan Qashqai

Severn Motorsport Nissan Qashqai front view

Do some research on the world’s fastest SUV and some interesting machines will pop up. There’s the Lamborghini Urus which will top out at over 200 miles per hour, and he Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has also claimed the SUV record around the Nurburgring.

But in fact, after this weekend, the title of the world’s fastest SUV goes to a humble Nissan Qashqai.

Severn Motorsport Nissan Qashqai intercooler

Don’t laugh – it’s true. But it’s not just any old humble Qashqai. In fact, it’s not humble at all. This one has plenty to brag about. And you don’t want to challenge it in a drag race.

What makes it so fast?

Open the bonnet of this compact SUV and you’ll find a Nissan GT-R engine shoehorned under there. And we do mean shoehorned. It barely fits. Imagine what it would take to make a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 sit where a naturally aspirated four-cylinder normally would sit.

And then there’s the drive system. The standard Qashqai is a front-wheel-drive machine (sending power to the rear when required), but this one has been converted to rear wheel drive.

The engine has then been massaged – okay, thoroughly reworked – to produce a whopping 2000 horsepower. That’s around 1490kW in the new money. It has achieved that mammoth figure thanks to an “Extreme Turbo Systems” kit, and on Saturday, it ran at the VMax 200 race where is cleaned everything up.

Severn Motorsport Nissan Qashqai rear view

Built by UK outfit Severn Motorsport, the Qashqai hit a top speed of 237.8 miles per hour, or 382.6km/h. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a car person or not – that’s ridiculously amazing.

Considering that’s quicker than the McLaren F1’s top speed of 386.4km/h, it means that this Qashqai is officially the world’s fastest SUV.

Severn Motorsport Nissan Qashqai engine bay

The body is fairly stock, however the front and back end have come in for some major changes to enable it to reach those ludicrous speeds. The suspension has also been changed to ensure a lower ride height. After all, you don’t want a lot of air going underneath the car and causing lift. On a top speed run like that, lift is a bad idea.

So why build it? The company explained on its Facebook page.

Why are we doing this?… Pure and simple, we’re going for the ‘World’ record for the fastest SUV (currently held by Toyota UK and their Landcruiser topping 230MPH!)

Well, they did it. Not only that, but the Qashqai knocked a few quick machines on the head. We’re talking a Koenigsegg Agera RS and Koenigsegg One:1. How embarrassing. Also blasted into oblivion was a McLaren 720S and a Lamborghini Aventador.

Of course, Severn Motorsport was thrilled with the result, posting its gratitude to all who made it happen.

Severn Motorsport Nissan Qashqai time

Massive thanks to Mike (driver) and Jack, Goat & Gav (techs) who helped build this monster… and to Romain Levesque who helped to map and tame this beast! And a huge thank you to our suppliers too who were involved in the build! Albins, Racelogic, ASNU Fuel Injection Syvecs Ltd

Photos via Facebook

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A passionate writer, editor and driver, Karl is the go-to man when it comes to four wheels. With stints in television, radio, print and online, Karl has been writing about cars for more than a decade. He drives around 100 vehicles every year and has tested everything from Bugattis to Suzukis. Sometimes on track, sometimes off-road, his focus is on producing objective journalism without fear or favour.

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