Seven months after announcing it was reentering the series and $1.5M AUD later ($1.56M USD), this is your new Nissan Altima for the Australian V8 Supercar Series. Just unveiled in Melbourne by Kelly Racing, the racer is Nissan's take on the Car of the Future (COTF) regulations credited with returning other manufacturers to the series. Under the hood is a derivative of Nissan's VK56DE engine, the 5.6-liter V8 that will be slotted into the 2013 Nissan Patrol SUV. Beefed up but downsized to five liters to satisfy regulations, it will put out more than 600 horsepower.

Todd Kelly of Kelly Racing says it didn't take all that much to transform the production Altima's production bodywork to fit over the control chassis: "Aside from flaring of the rear guards, and extending of the front guards; the doors, roof, bonnet and bootlid panels are all the same length as the road car." Shapelier and more compact than the entries from Ford, Holden and Mercedes-Benz, the V8 Supercars bosses will be testing this Nissan to ensure aerodynamic parity with the other cars.

Kelly Racing namesakes Todd and Rick will take the wheel at the season's February opener in Adelaide, the Clipsal 500. As of today, the team is known as Nissan Motorsports but the livery you see is just for the launch; the competition car will wear the Jack Daniels sponsorship worn by the team's Holden Commodore racecars now. Nissan hasn't been in the series in the two decades since that car (the GT-R) was kicked out, and its return throws four carmakers into battle, doubling the current tally. Now enjoy the video and press release below while we wait for Mercedes to show its hand.




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Nissan Australia Unveils 2013 Altima V8 Supercar

Oct. 30 – Melbourne – Nissan unveiled a very special Altima at a launch event in Melbourne on Tuesday as the automaker prepares for entry in Australia's V8 Supercars Championship next season.

The Altima V8 Supercar is the first all-new model unveiled in two decades, as Nissan joins the championship with the four-car, factory Nissan Motorsport team.

Nissan Australia Managing Director and CEO William F. Peffer Jr. joined team co-owners and Bathurst-winning drivers Todd and Rick Kelly at the unveiling.

"This is a proud day for Nissan and a significant occasion for the sport of V8 Supercars," said Peffer.

"Everyone at Nissan is right behind our team, led by Todd and Rick Kelly, and we are excited about hitting the track next season with this spectacular Altima V8 Supercar."

The Altima V8 has been designed and built to the category's new 'Car of The Future' regulations, which include 18 inch (46cm) wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension.

Nissan Motorsport will use the production-based VK56DE engine in the Altima V8 Supercar, the same engine that powered Nissan to FIA GT1 World Championship glory in 2011.

The VK56 engine also powers the all-new 2013 Nissan Patrol that goes on sale in Australia from 1 February 2013.

The significance of the occasion was not lost on Todd Kelly, 2005 Bathurst 1000 winner and team Racing Director.

"This is the proudest day in the relatively short history of our team, as well as one of the most significant days in recent times for the sport of V8 Supercars," said Kelly.


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      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad looking as a race car. Odds the odd lines and bumps of the street version.
      404 not found
      • 2 Years Ago
      4DSC ?
      Dean
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love to have one of these for road use!
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      For a non-domestic car, I do like Nassins. My cheap altima rode well and reliable.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im not a nissan fan but I admit..... BADASS. The biggest thing about this car that i really like is that the body still looks like the actual production car.... nice
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would be great if they made a small batch of these for the public. I mean, if they gave the Juke-R a green light, why not this?
        Mercer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Why can't you buy the M56?
          jonnybimmer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mercer
          Though it IS a RWD, V8 Nissan sedan, that car is catered to the luxury sedan market. I'd like to see something that's more low key and stripped down (and with a manual). Think of it like going for the G8 rather than a CTS-V (if they had the same power).
          Karl T
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mercer
          Do you read or watch the reviews of the M56? It gets its tail handed to it in head-to-head competitions. And even on its own in long-term write-ups. 'Harsh' 'Noisey' 'Crude' 'Unrefined' are all words I've seen or heard. The most recent comparison i read was it vs. the 5 series, the A6, and the GS. It finished well at the bottom.
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now if only the Altima was in fact RWD this would be beastly! Wish the V8 Supercar rules stated they had to sell X-amount of cars for Homoligation(sp?), that or state it must be a production car sold to the masses. Oh I can dream the dreams I know.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im dissapointed that V8 supercars is moving towards the stupid nascar style spec chassis
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        It is and it isn't. Download the brochure on the chassis. Its pretty cool.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dam you NISSAN! Why must you tease us Maxima owners with what could have been.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      Altima 5.6
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      i would buy this car nd make it back the base modle look and pull up to a 760li just to make him piss on himself
      Phil T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could you quit it with the ill informed 'GTR kicked out of the series' garbage. Globally Group A racing was dead and with it died the GTR, Sierra, M3 etc. The 2ltr Super Tourers replaced it internationally from 1993 but Australia chose a create its own V8 category as it's new premier category.
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