V8SC: Nissan Announces 2013 V8 Supercar Championship Plans

Mike Stevens | Feb 9, 2012

Nissan is back in Australia's premier racing series, and you can thank the Car of the Future project spearheaded by former Skyline-piloting driver Mark Skaife.

Taking on V8 Supercar veteran manufacturers Ford and Holden, Nissan also announced the signing of Todd and Rick Kelly's Kelly Racing Team as the company's factory team.

"We plan to use our presence in the series to strengthen our passenger car credentials in Australia,” Nissan Australia CEO and Managing Director of Nissan Australia, Dan Thompson said.

"Nissan believes that, alongside Ford and Holden, we possess the most convincing motorsport DNA and track history in Australia, making a V8SC debut in 2013 an obvious initiative."

"We are targeting No.1 importer status in Australia and already making progress towards that as one of the country’s fastest growing brands. V8 Supercars will boost that momentum."

The new factory team, which forms a local initiative benefiting from the backing of Nissan's international racing and tuning arm NISMO, will run four cars in the 2013 championship.

"Rick and I have had one clear goal that we have been striving for since we started Kelly Racing, that was to become a benchmark race-winning team with factory support," Kelly Racing co-owner and driver, Todd Kelly said.

"The timing with Car of the Future has enabled us to engage a manufacturer and achieve that. We couldn't be happier to be a factory Nissan team and factory Nissan drivers."

Nissan has yet to reveal which car it will campaign in the 2013 series, although it is known that the car will utilise the same Car of the Future platform and control elements featured in the Holden and Ford cars.

Speaking today, local Nissan boss Dan Thompson confirmed that the car will represent an "all-new model" in the brand's Australian line-up - suggesting that the upcoming next-generation Altima sedan is a lock for the job.

Nissan Australia is expected to retire the current J32 Maxima to make way for the 2013 Altima.

The Maxima nameplate may not die off locally, however underwhelming sales of the J32 Maxima (sold as the Nissan Teana in its home market of Japan) is reportedly giving Nissan Australia little reason to hang onto it.

Nissan Racing

Nissan cars have raced in Australia since the 60s, and the Nissan company itself entered the local racing scene in the early 80s, when it tackled Bathurst in Group C, and later in Group A.

Today's news marks Nissan brand's first return to top-level touring car racing in Australia since Skaife and Jim Richards piloted the R32 Skyline GT-R in 1992, taking out the Australian Touring Car Championship and the Bathurst 1000.

Nissan's recent international challenges have seen victories at last year’s FIA GT1 World Championship with a GT-R, along with the SuperGT Championship. The company also took a 1-2 finish in the LMP2 class at the Le Mans 24 Hour.

In 2013, 21 years since its last factory effort in Australia, Nissan will back on the track, and it will be looking for fans - and sales growth - to follow.

As for more competitors, V8 Supercars Commission boss Mark Skaife has confirmed that the group is in discussion with other manufacturers.

"There is no doubting the entry of more manufacturers now that Nissan has taken the first step to recognize what the relationship will do for their brand," Skaife said.

V8 Supercar boss Tony Cochrane added that at the start of the 2013 series, four manufacturers are expected to be on the grid.

Names have not been named, but it is believed that US carmaker Chrysler will form the next entry in the series, supporting the launch of the next-generation 300C.

The Competition

Series veteran Holden has welcomed the news of a third entrant in the 2013 V8SC Championship.

“The new car market has changed dramatically over the past few years creating many challenges for local manufacturers,” Devereux said.

“Understandably, V8 Supercars has seen the need to alter its requirements to encourage more manufacturers into the category to keep it relevant.

“The introduction of another manufacturer does not waiver our commitment; in fact we are excited about the challenge and it will add yet another chapter to our proud motorsport history."

Nissan's return could also prove a relief for fans of the series, after Holden cars took victory in 24 of 28 championship races in 2011, along with HRT winning the 2011 Bathurst 1000.

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  • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    AWESOME news

    Its a shame it wont be the GT-R though hey... but i guess Nissan on a shared platform is better than no nissan at all

    or is it??
  • Dave says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    What does that mean car of the future platform? Everything's the same except the engine and body panel?
  • cussler says,
    3 years ago
    6 likes
    So aside from the shape of the car, what will actually be Nissan about this Nissan?

    Will it be a Nissan with a space frame chassis and a chev engine?

    What a joke.

    I miss the old days when the cars were real. This 'made to entertain the masses' formula isn't real or even interesting. I'd rather spend three hours smashing my big toe with a hammer rolleyes
    • super matthew
      Super Mattthew says,
      3 years ago
      3 likes
      Dead right.

      SO instead of giving a crap about the cars, I'm more interested in the drivers. It's skill versus skill more than ever in 2013, am I right?

      • cussler says,
        3 years ago
        5 likes
        Who cares about the drivers?

        It's 'car' racing. I want to see real cars race. I want the variety back. Real Holdens and Fords and Nissans.

        Otherwise leave the cars out of it and have the drivers run a marathon, play chess or arm-wrestle. Will save money and be just as exciting, if it's the driver that turns you on, not the cars.

        It's just a business now. They just want people to think it's great racing cos it makes a lot of money.

        Reminds me of the Roman Empire. Beer and circuses just before the downfall.

  • james says,
    3 years ago
    5 likes
    So what, its just the Oz version of Nascar, you can stick any badge you want on the car and that's all that changes, its actually an insult to Nissan's motorsport heritage, near identical racing platforms with different badges, bring back the old group A.
    • Dale says,
      3 years ago
      5 likes
      There is a touring car class with holdens, fords subaru and mitsubishi, domonated by torbo 4wd cars, no body goes to watch it because there is nothing exciting or close about the racing, get over the fact, these are V8 SUPERCARS, NOT touring cars anymore, have not been for over 10 years, stop your sooking, don't watch it!!
      • james says,
        3 years ago
        3 likes
        yes it is 10years ago, and YES I KNOW they are SUPERCARS and I don't watch it and the production class cars aren't touring cars
  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Will have to see how the very first race would turn out before putting a verdict., this news sounds positive though.. have avoided watching this type of events because of the limited number of manufacturers' involved.
  • MJ
    MJ says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    Ok lets state the obvious.
    V8 Supercars is a joke.
    1) It has NO relation to the road cars.
    2) Given that 90% of Commodores are bought by fleets,
    hey Holden save your money.
    After many years of watching Touring car racing, I quit a few years ago.
    F1 is actually more relevent!
  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    I stopped watching the V8s a few years ago as it was too boring.

    I switched to the British Touring Car Championship because it is a real hoot, good fender benders and close, tough racing.

    I won't watch this new Aussie version of NASCAR either I'm afraid.

    Why couldn't they set a power or weight limit on the cars and let the manufacturers battle it out that way. Some would be better at acceleration, others top speed etc. Would make it fun to watch again.
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      3 years ago
      1 like
      The problem was money. All this stuff is expensive and the CotF platform makes it heaps cheaper both for the carmakers and for the other teams

      if the risk was this, or the more expensive format theyve been using now, or nothing (or a significantly reduced field) then obviously this is V8SCs preferred choice and probably the carmakers too

  • Dale says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Ilove pretty well all forms of motor sport, but it has to be close racing which the V8's do, watch the world touring cars, 5-6 different manufacturers and you will see the same team come in 1-2-3, nearly every race, the action is good, butyou already know who will win, if the v8 super cars are such a DUD format, how come it is the ONLY format that can draw a crowd? if they are not on the card, nobody shows, even the best catagory, The GT cars ,with Vipers, mercs, Lambos, Aston Martin etc can not even pull a big crowd, and they are brilliant to watch!
  • sandy says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    The ford and holdens have completely different engines. You guys are amateurs who don't know their motor racing. Nissan will only bring unwanted fans to the sport. It's fine the way it is.
  • larryG says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Aussie can't handle loosing, that's why you changed the format years ago. Nissan? why not jag, BMW, merc etc. make it interesting again.

    • carlo says,
      2 years ago
      Agree, make it a real race again not just holden v ford. Sales of those cars has plunged anyway so why not have a mixed race. Would be heaps interesting.
  • Hal Patrick says,
    2 years ago
    OK, I know Nissan is confirmed for 2013, but I also heard that Mercedes will field a team. Is that correct?
  • R Hamilton says,
    2 years ago
    Why go pushrod for valve actuation? Overhead cams would be more reliable, and because of component wear, cheaper to run, over a season.

    Pushrods, seem a "great leap backwards", in this day and age. OHC would not affect the power output. That is governed by the rev limits.
  • R Hamilton says,
    2 years ago
    I was referring to SOHC only, not DOHC. DOHC makes the "head casting costs much higher.

    Incidentally, I don't like silhouette formulae. If you used genuine Ford, Holden, Merc, Nissan, etc. and one make kept winning, then you handicap that make. Either add weight to the vehicle, or lower the rev limit, compression ratio, aerodynamics, or whatever method is most appropriate.
  • R Hamilton says,
    2 years ago
    @Larry G. I think the BMW 2.0L four wheel drive, that ran in the Super Tourers a few years ago, wwould give the Falcons and Holdens a run for their money. The Super Tourers banned it because they could not beat it either. (Shades of the Nissan GTR no?)

    When the V12 Jags came out a few years ago, they proved that the Holden/Ford V8s, were not as good as they were cracked up to be. On their first try, the Jags came 1st. 2nd. and 4th., at Bathurst. I guess 7 - 8 hrs is just a doddle, after a 24hr Le Mans.

    I particularly liked the comment by the driver of the leading Jag. He was limited in cornering because of a broken seat. When asked, he (Kev Bartlett?) replied laconically. "Yes. I couldn't put it through the corners very quickly, so I was taking it up to eight and a half through the gears, to make up time. If I remember correctly, the 308s were using 8,150 in those days. Carillo rods et al.
  • R Hamilton says,
    2 years ago
    Goss, Walkinshaw, Wilmington. 1st. 3rd. 14th. 1985. How time flies.
  • R Hamilton says,
    2 years ago
    So much for the new formula being cheaper to build.

    According to reports in the news, one of the teams claims, that the new cars are turning out to be considerbly more expensive to build. I think it was DJ Racing. Because of costs he has only one car ready.
  • R Hamilton says,
    2 years ago
    @Sandy. Who or what are "unwanted fans"?

    How one eyed can you get?
  • R Hamilton says,
    2 years ago
    @Larry G. In that same race, it was either a BMW 935 or the racing 636, which came second. I think it was the only car on the same lap as the Jag.
  • R Hamilton says,
    2 years ago
    Typo:635 or 636.
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