Good as it is, when we think about the Nissan Altima, the words "V8" or "supercar" are not in our vernacular, but Nissan Motorsports is looking to change all that. After unveiling the race version of its Altima sedan intended for the Australian V8 Supercars series back in October, the four race teams and their cars were revealed yesterday ahead of a preseason test session this weekend.

Two of the Altima racecars will be sponsored by Jack Daniels while the other two will wear Norton (as in Norton Anti-Virus) black-and-yellow livery. The season officially kicks off on March 1, and we'll get to see the V8-powered Altima on US soil from May 17-19 when the V8 Supercars series hits the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Scroll down to watch a couple videos and a press release issued for the team introductions.




Show full PR text

NISSAN MOTORSPORT GOES MELBOURNE STYLE

MELBOURNE - Nissan Motorsport has stepped out in style at the team's launch in Melbourne, Australia Tuesday.

The factory outfit unveiled its Nissan Altima V8 Supercars in 2013 race colors and driver line-up at the Melbourne Showgrounds, the latest chapter in Nissan's long-awaited return to Australian touring car racing.

James Moffat and Michael Caruso will both join Nissan Motorsport, driving Altimas backed by leading Internet security company Norton by Symantec.

The familiar black and white colors of global whiskey giant Jack Daniel's have now been transferred to two Nissan Altimas to be driven by Nissan Motorsport co-owners Todd and Rick Kelly.

Nissan Australia Managing Director and CEO William F. Peffer Jr. said that the team unveiling was yet another significant milestone for Nissan Motorsport.

"Last October we unveiled the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, but today we're unveiling the Nissan Motorsport team," he said.

"Our Altimas are now in combat colors and ready for battle. Nissan is thrilled to be partnering with strong, global brands like Jack Daniel's and Norton.

"The 2013 V8 Supercar Championship is an important part of the Nissan Altima's marketing strategy.

"2013 is guaranteed to be an exciting year for the sport of V8 Supercars, and especially for Nissan Motorsport."

Nissan Motorsport Racing Director Todd Kelly is confident that the team is ready for the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship.

Four Altimas will be on-track at the annual V8 Supercars Championship pre-season test day at Sydney Motorsport Park February 16, while the team will complete its journey to the grid on March 1-3 at the Clipsal 500 at the Adelaide Parklands, the opening event of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 32 Comments
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Personally, I don't see why they didn't run the Infiniti M / Infiniti Q70 (such a stupid name). It's about the same size as the Commodore and Falcon AND it comes in a V8 RWD layout. Seems like a no-brainer. My only guess is that they don't want their luxury division in such a series...?
        Ae Neuman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Probably because the Altima/maxima has more recognition down under. Original factory platform has no relevance as these are in essence silhouette racers using a standardised chassis and engine .
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        • 1 Year Ago
        [blocked]
          Drakkon
          • 1 Year Ago
          No, there is still that rumor floating that Henry Ford had a secret trademark on the name 'V8'. It spooked Alfa Romeo enough to name a car the 8v.
          imoore
          • 1 Year Ago
          No joke, I heard it too.
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      now, if altima comes with a v8, wouldnt that be nice.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what the Maxima wants to be, dam you Infiniti and RWD sedans. LOL
      David MacGillis
      • 1 Year Ago
      V8 Supercar just became irrelavent. Dumb move.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        Spoken like a true Toyota fanboy. I\'ll bet you also complain that Toyota never wins the Nascar Manufacturers Cup.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imoore
          [blocked]
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        Don't be foolish Reggie. The V8 supercars don't sell vehicles for manufacturers. You can't buy those V8 supercars from the showroom for crying out loud. Toyota dominate because it's a larger company, larger product portfolio, and they offer fantastic deals. No amount of economising Falcon and Commodore will that. Also. heard of the Falcon EcoBoost?
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      sigh..... didnt V8 supercars used to be actual production frames? not this nascarized tubeframe midsize mainstream fwd car marketing trash
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        Oh really? Aside from this Altima, please tell us all what OTHER V8 Supercar is based on a FWD vehicle... moron.
          Benjamin Roethig
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          It won't be alone. The Commodore and Falcon both had their final RWD revision
          imoore
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          Don\'t count on it, Ben. The Middle East, China, the UK (Vauxhall VXR) and the US (Chevy PPV) won\'t let it die. That means the Malibu (production for Australia is expected to be shifted from Korea to Australia within two years) will fill in the FWD segment.
      Nick Silver
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eh, I'd stick with the Falcon.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      \"If only they made an Altima V8 with a six speed and no navigation...\" ...yeah, this forum of \"car experts\" would eat it up and they\'d sell about 4 of them per year. LOL
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      I didn't see what V8 they are using, but always new those Altima's had a lot of engine room.
      mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan should inject some this performance into there current models.
    • Load More Comments