The V8-engined Altima is decked in a feral looking red and black livery with Nissan, Altima and Nismo logos situated all around the body. Nissan Australia’s managing director and CEO, William F. Peffer Jnr, mentioned that it is a significant occasion for the sport of V8 Supercars and it is also a proud day for Nissan.
He also added that the unveiling of the Nissan Altima V8 brings Nissan’s special brand of “Innovation and Excitement” to the V8 Supercars Championship. The Altima V8 is Nissan’s first new V8 Supercars model in two decades (Nissan used to participate in the 1990s in a R32 GT-R).
The car will be powered by a racing version of the company’s VK56DE V8 engine. This version’s displacement has been reduced to 5.0 litres due to competition regulations. The engine is used in some of Nissan and Infiniti production models such as the Nissan Patrol and the Infiniti QX56.
Nissan will partner with Australian racing team, Kelly Racing, and they will enter four cars into the racing series. Kelly Racing will also have the full support of Nissan’s motorsport division, Nismo.
Todd Kelly, one of Kelly Racing’s owners, stated that this is the proudest day for Kelly Racing. Kelly also added that the team has done a great job in designing and building an all new V8 race car in nine months.
The car is currently undergoing tests and will start to compete in the 2013 season.