Nissan Altima V8 Supercar Rendered

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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  • Smart us says,
    3 years ago
    ...and the rendered competition may start mad
  • OutbackOZ
    OutbackOZ says,
    3 years ago
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    And no doubt its fwd. Pitty, a rear wheel drive with an option of V8 or V6 turbo would be great in Oz.
  • Dave says,
    3 years ago
    I see the dinosaurs controlling V8 Supercars are at it again. First they insisted it had to be RWD, then it had to adjust its engine down to 5 litres, then there was a controversy over whether its high tech engine could compete against the 50 year old designs in the local V8 taxis.

    All that's missing is a requirement for sandbags in the boot and a speed limiter if it's too quick.

    I gave up following car racing after the hysteria over the Nissan GTR's and restriction to taxi racing. I am happy for V8 Supercar to continue but as a subset to a real open category that will attract the best and the fastest from abroad - including the phenomenal GTR. If that means a Ford runs 2nd, 5th or 10th - so be it.
    • Roger says,
      3 years ago
      Its all about controlled classes to make the drivers skill the key, otherwise there is no point in running the competition if only one manufacturer can win. The car is irrelevant, its how the team gets it on the track and drives it that counts. Even F1 is very rigidly controlled. All the chassis next year are the same, its only the engine and bodyshell that are the manufacturers. And as for RWD, FWD just wouldnt work, no good with 600HP.
      • Tony says,
        3 years ago
        1 like
        Yeah but F1 are unbelievable in every way.V8 supercars aren't!
        • Craig says,
          3 years ago
          1 like
          If its going to be controlled & all cars have the same pace then the drivers should be able to fight it out like in Nascar, not get black flagged for a little bump.
  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    3 years ago
    Maybe from time to time if there was a race shown on air I would have glanced, but not entirely watched the event and one big reason is the anal retentiveness of the hosts' which is really really annoying, it's just so off-putting I would quickly switch the mute button the moment they go on and on about something. This ain't no F1 where the technical stuff really is crucial. Let's hope in 2013 with Nissan ( and still to confirm Chrysler ) the sport would succeed and maybe in the future attract more manufacturers' and maybe by then as well the hosts' would also lay-off a bit with their talking.
  • Wheelnut
    Wheelnut says,
    3 years ago
    Nissan have already said that they are more than happy for the Kelly Ravcing cars to continue to wear Jack Daniels liveries.. which is quite ironic given that they stopped supplying the V8SC pace car when XXXX was a sponsor.

  • Wheelnut
    Wheelnut says,
    3 years ago
    Nissan have already said that they are more than happy for the Kelly Ravcing cars to continue to wear Jack Daniels liveries.. which is quite ironic given that they stopped supplying the V8SC pace car when XXXX was a sponsor.

    • Balthazaaaaargh says,
      3 years ago
      Yeah the article says Jack Daniel's will continue.
      • John says,
        3 years ago
        Nissan is very smart with the marketing plan. As a population we no longer watch TV ads due to the mute button and latest studies have shown that internet advertising annoys internet users so the product they are adversing ends up having a negative perception throughout the community.

        The idea to race a car several months before the release date is very clever... it builds pre-release date demand.

        I wish Nissan all the best with this brave plan.

  • Off-roader says,
    3 years ago
    The question that hasn't been answered is will Nissan produce a (limited?) run of V8 Altima's for the road or not? If not then there is no point racing a V8 only to sell some V6 or 4cyl lame road car that is only similar in looks.

    I personally think Toyota should be racing in Australia as well. They produce some cars here so why not? They even produce Camry size cars for their own market that are RWD which they should have sold in Australia above the Camry!
  • bruce yates says,
    3 years ago
    Great that Nissan are returning to touring car racing in 2013.I can't wait for the Altima to hit the track,full marks to Nissan and Kelly Racing for putting this deal together. And as for the whingers you are running scared that the Altima is going to kick ***,AND IT WILL.
  • brian dewy says,
    3 years ago
    People continue to make out its about the best drivers , well if thats the case just race one car then, boring , that is virtually what we are racing now. The Holden and Ford are so similar its pointless.
    The best racing was the days of the XU1 versus the GT 351 Falcons where cars were completely different units. People are interested in seeing how far behind Australian cars are in the World market , thats the whole point compete against cars that techinically better , have better chassis, better on fuel etc... then we will evolve to better production cars.
    V8's are dead I love them , but who can afford the petrol these days
  • Rod Porter says,
    2 years ago
    madWhy not stick them all in Aussie Legends race cars they will be just as relevant to manufacturers. heaps cheaper, more entertaining, and will actually fit on some of the slot car tracks they have to compete on. Sydney Olympic Track is a total farce, throw the mega cash at Eastern Creek and turn it into a world class venue
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