Nissan and Kelly Racing recently put the new Australian V8 Supercar Altima on the track for the first time in order to do a little aerodynamic testing. Team owner and driver Todd Kelly took the machine around Calder Park despite the fact that he's currently recovering from shoulder reconstruction surgery. Kelly said the car feels good, but there's still plenty of work to do between now and next March when the sedan will see its official race debut. Though this is the first of the Altima racers to put tire to tarmac, Kelly racing is working on an additional three cars for competition.

Those should be completed by the end of the year if everything goes as planned. As you may recall, the V8 Supercars Altima benefits from a reworked Nissan VK56DE 5.6-liter V8 engine. All told, Nissan has sunk around $1.56 million into the new V8 Supercars program to become the first brand other than Ford or Holden to compete in the series in nearly 20 years. Check out the car in action below.


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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its the Nissan Atlimaxima. Its like, why buy a Maxima when the Atlima is better.
        Cruising
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        The Maxima is still the big poppa as far as I'm concerned, the current generation Maxima's handling was benchmarked against the Porshce GT3 by engineers.
          anon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cruising
          and how did it do?
          joe shmoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cruising
          That's funny. You would need magic to make a nose-heavy FWD perform like a porsche.
          Dump
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          the maxima needs a V8 & AWD. that would def increase interest in model & brand, no doubt.
      inpitlane
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car sounds good and looks good too, surprisingly the car shares more common parts and dimensions with it's road going counterpart than a Commodore does according to Todd Kelly. To hear more from the engine check out In Pit Lane's story here: http://youtu.be/6A_Bll5AKl0
        Macvicar24
        • 2 Years Ago
        @inpitlane
        Yeah I saw the new Altima V8 today on the freeway! Oh wait. They have a V6 as the largest power plant, nevermind.
      Dean
      • 2 Years Ago
      I so want a road-going version of this car!
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm suprised they didn't run a Infiniti G instead of the Altima. Infiniti is making a global push and they ARE RWD.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Nissan hope to be the number one importer in Australia. So they are championing their new mid-size sedan.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      A RWD V8 version of a FWD 4 / 6 Cylinder car...Inching dangerously close towards NASCAR pointlessness
        Hector Djibaou
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        so I wasn't the only one to think this, lol
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        The Japanese rarely do V8s because lol displacment taxes.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Yeah, but not in small stuff. Again, displacement taxes. Hell, the Fuga (Infiniti M) cannot be had with the VK56VD in the Japanese market.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        V8 Supercars is the pointless Australian version of NASCAR... nothing dangerously close about it.
      RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
      These cars have 4 doors, working head and taillights and they look like the street version, even if they share very little. Too bad the decal NASCRAPmobiles are just that - crap.
      bubba_roe
      • 2 Years Ago
      There have only been 2 other manufacturers in this series until now? lol. What a joke.
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bubba_roe
        Bit like only one country in World Series Baseball huh?
        Simplifythenaddbeer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bubba_roe
        They used to have Mini's, Nissan GTR, Audi's, Mercs, Jags, etc. However they keep changing the rules to make sure that Australian Cars keep winning (and selling).
          Brodz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Simplifythenaddbeer
          No one buys a car because a racing version wins races.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      dam this car is sexy
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm torn - one of the draws to aussie v8 super cars was that they looked like the holdens and falcons they could buy off the lot. This Altima looks more like a real Altima than say, a Nascar Camry does - but it seems to be headed down the same road. But As long as a Falcon punts these upstart Nissans into the gravel I think we are ok for now. (Hop those curbs baby!)
        LJSearles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        They actually had to alter the Altima body much less that they did to the Commodore body shell. So it's going to be closer in appearance to the stock showroom car that the Falcon and Commodore do.
          Reece Lightning
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LJSearles
          yeah but at least you can buy a v8 rwd commodore or falcon, you can't do that with an altima
      Mercennarius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car sounds pretty awesome....
      Mercennarius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car sounds awesome!
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