By all accounts, the 2013 Nissan Altima is an excellent vehicle, but that doesn't mean it couldn't benefit from the addition of a heady V8 under the hood. Nissan Motorsport has cured that ail by constructing four Altima racers for the Australian V8 Supercars Championship, each with their own 32-valve VK56DE engine in the nose. The bruisers will start campaigning next season, and will mark the first entry in the series from any brand outside of Ford or Holden in nearly twenty years. Nissan has already produced the first of its race engines, and the team is currently working on whipping up another 14 examples for the next season.

Nissan Motorsport is set to unveil the actual race cars next week, but until then, you can check out the video below. In it, the team shows off the progress that's been made so far, including cranking out body molds and building cage structures. Looks like fun.



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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only Altima I'd drive.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Josh C
        • 2 Years Ago
        Isn't that what American NASCAR does? Take a boring FWD Malibu/Taurus/Camry and turn it into a RWD race car...
          Proghog
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Josh C
          In the Sprint cup yes, in the Nationwide Series they have Mustangs, Challengers, and Chevy is swiching to the SS in both Sprint and Nationwide series next year, but ya Toyota is still using the Camary.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      barkeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      This makes me wonder, will the production Altima itself be available for the Australian market? If not, wouldn't the Teana/Maxima made more sense to base the race car off of, since it is currently available to that market?
        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @barkeep
        The Altima will be replacing the Maxima around the time the 2013 season starts.
      Matthew Dawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um, doesn't this series require that the cars be based on production models? If so, how can Nissan enter? Also, why aren't they just making some kind of special Infiniti G37 instead? That seems easier to do, to be honest. And Infiniti already is very involved in motorsport, so that would seem to make more sense to me. In any case, the more the merrier, I suppose.
        joelstrick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew Dawson
        Matt, the series is changing to the Car of the Future (COTF) base for 2013. Which means all cars have the same chassis, suspension underneath. The cars will run different sheet metal on the outside depending on the brand they are running. The also will run a 5L V8 engine either based on a V8 engine made by the manufacture or they can choose to run a "series" supplied engine. The Nissan Altima is going on sale in Australia in 2013 and so the race car will be based on that. Nissan is also a stronger brand in Australia currently, the Infiniti brand has only been launched here this year and does not have enough traction at this point.
          Matthew Dawson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @joelstrick
          Oh, okay. I tend to forget that Infiniti and Acura really haven't been used outside the US until recently. Not sure about that COTF stuff, sounds like it's getting one step closer to NASCAR. Well, at least they're still driving around a proper track and not just banked ovals.
        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew Dawson
        It will be available here, and it will need some publicity as the Maxima never sold as well as hoped. And as for Nissan vs. Infiniti motorsport... I'd say that Nissan has a far more diverse presence in various forms of racing than Infiniti.
      blvdbrkndreams
      • 2 Years Ago
      But front wheel drive?
      Mondrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know what slays me more; taking an engine they're systematically eliminating from their passenger car lineup racing or doing so under the guise of a model that will consequently possess no substantial ties to its road-legal counterpart.
      joelstrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      No it will be Rear Wheel Drive
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