Malcolm Flynn | Apr 10, 2012

Nissan’s announcement earlier this year that it would enter the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship was followed by a New York Auto Show debut for the company's all-new Altima sedan.

On the heels of confirmation that the new fifth-generation model will form the basis of Nissan Australia's V8SC racer, TMR tasked designer Josh Byrnes to imagine the sedan in trackgoing form.

While Kelly Racing and Nissan Motorsport CEO John Crennan has confirmed that the two Kelly-driven cars will continue with Jack Daniel's sponsorship, we've imagined the Altima V8SC with a new take on Nissan’s classic red, white and blue livery.

As for when we'll see the real deal, the team is rushing to complete their first Altima V8SC chassis in time for the first Car of the Future test session in August.

This development has been underway for several months, with the full weight of Nissan Motorsport behind the project.

So important is the Altima's V8 Supercar debut, and so tight is the team's schedule, that assembly of the roadgoing sedan was recently interrupted so that pre-production external panels could be stamped for the Australian team.

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These panels will then be modified to fit around the Car of the Future control chassis, developed by V8 Supercars Australia for the series' new formula.

Along with front and rear lighting, these panels will be the only production parts used when the car hits the track in 2013. Even the window glass will be replaced by shatter-resistant plexiglass.

The Car of the Future wheelbase dimensions are yet to be publicised, but the Altima body is expected to need slight lengthening, as opposed to the shortening required by Falcon and Commodore versions.

Our illustration assumes that the 5.0 litre racing version of the Patrol’s VK56DE V8 engine will also fit beneath the standard bonnet shape.

The finished product may well require a clearance bulge akin to Ford's (absent) XR8 sedan, and the supercar that borrows its design.

All eyes will be on the Ipswich test session scheduled for August 6th.

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