Nissan Back in Australian V-8 Supercar Series with an Altima Racer

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Oct.2012 10:43pm

Nissan will, for the first time, bring its Altima mid-size sedan to the Australian market. It’s also entering the car into the Australian V8 Supercar Series.

The rules allow manufacturers to use engines in their parts bins but not offered in production cars. For racing the engine will displace 5.0 liters and make over 600 horsepower.

The car was built in just seven months after getting the technical drawings from Nissan when it debuted its new-generation, 2013 Altima. Kelly Racing will campaign the racer, with Todd and Rick Kelly piloting it at the season opening race in February at the Adelaide-based Clipsal 500.

Nissan Motorsports will enter four cars in the championship, with factory backing. At least one race car will sport Jack Daniels livery, however. The racing effort marks Nissan’s return to the series in 20 years, after its GT-R was excluded from the series.

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