V8SC 2013: Nissan Motorsport Unveils Four Car Altima Team

Malcolm Flynn | Feb 12, 2013

Nissan Motorsport has taken the wraps off its four factory-backed Altima V8 Supercars set to contest this year’s V8 Supercar Championship.

Today’s official unveiling marks the first glimpse of the official race liveries. Team co-owners and drivers Todd and Rick Kelly will continue with Jack Daniel’s livery, the brand supporting the team’s Commodore racers since 2006.

New team members Michael Caruso and James Moffat will race with yellow Norton 360 signage, similar to that used by Moffat’s Falcon-based racer in 2012.

Caruso joins Nissan Motorsport having raced a Holden for Gary Rogers Motorsport for the past five seasons, and James Moffat fresh from two seasons with Ford outfit Dick Johnson Racing.

Their appointment by Nissan Motorsport marks the first time each driver has driven for a factory race team.

Formerly known as the Kelly Racing Holden Commodore outfit, the freshly renamed Nissan Motorsport will use the upcoming Altima midsizer to represent the Japanese brand.

“The 2013 V8 Supercar Championship is an important part of the Nissan Altima’s marketing strategy,” Nissan Australia boss William Peffer Jr said.

“Australian new car buyers will have an entire year to get to know the Altima name and shape before it goes on sale later this year.”

Today’s unveiling was the first time the cars have been seen in their final race-ready spec, after the Altima racer’s initial unveiling in October last year and undergoing aerodynamic parity testing earlier this month.

The first Altima ‘Car of the Future’ racer constructed also underwent shakedown testing at Calder Park, Winton, and Sydney Motorsport Park circuits late last year.

“I’m so immensely proud of each and every person at Nissan Motorsport. So much time and effort has gone into designing, constructing and assembling our four Nissan Altima V8 Supercars,” Todd Kelly said.

“We’ve strengthened every area of our team over the last 12 months in preparation for the 2013 season and I’m confident that all our work and effort will pay off this season.”

Nissan Motorsport’s completed Altimas will hit the track with the rest of the Ford, Holden, and Mercedes-Benz AMG 2013 championship contenders for the first time at this Saturday’s V8 Supercars Championship pre-season test day at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The four Nissan Motorsport Altimas will make their race debut at the 2013 championship opening round in Adelaide from March 1-3.

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  • FrugalOne says,
    3 years ago

    Even though these have no bearing with production models, you can at least buy a V8 Magna, Commodore and Falcon, but not a Altima

    Will these Nissan's be banned too? rolleyes
    • Balthazaaaaargh says,
      3 years ago
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      v8 magna wtf...
      • Slevin says,
        3 years ago
        1 like
        Lol V8 magna, no such thing ever. Also "here's a year to get to the know the Altima, which is completely different from what you've seen all year on TV".
    • pro346 says,
      3 years ago
      V8 Magna?????
      • Lindsay says,
        3 years ago
        Perhaps confused by the "it's a v8 killer" advertising Mitsubishi used to run for the Magna.
  • Doctor says,
    3 years ago
    It even looks like a FWD car (which its not) so that'll confuse the ignorant. Just watch the d**kheads who go into a Nissan dealer wanting a V8...... I'd like to be a fly on the wall when the salesman tries to explain.
    • Lindsay says,
      3 years ago
      I'd rather a confused ***head going out and buying a FWD V6 than a RWD V8.
  • Handsoffsnaky says,
    3 years ago
    So we'e had the holden (HRT)and nissan launch stories.. What happened to the Ford launch story.. are the still in it??
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