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Nissan Altima V8 Supercar to debut at Sydney Telstra 500

November 29, 2012

Certain to create a buzz, the all-new Nissan Altima V8 Supercar will make its public track debut at the V8 Supercars Sydney Telstra 500 event this weekend. The car will be taken around for a few laps of the circuit.

This will be the first time fans can get a glimpse of Nissan’s entry to next year’s season. The Altima will be on display for much of the weekend, but more interestingly, driver Rick Kelly will demonstrate a few laps in the car.

As you may already know, the Nissan features a vastly different V8 engine to the Ford and Holden counterparts. It’s still a 5.0-litre unit, however, it features more advanced technology such as double overhead cams, all developed in part with Nismo. It will be interesting to hear what the racer sounds like in comparison.

Rick Kelly was understandably excited to jump behind the wheel of the new car. He recently said,

“The interest in the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar has been overwhelming all year, especially now that we have unveiled the first car. So we are pleased to show fans our first Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, the car that will dawn the new era of V8 Supercars from 2013, at the final event of this season at the Sydney Telstra 500 this weekend.

“While I’m sure that the fans will be excited to see the Altima in the flesh for the first time, there’s no doubt that the most excited person to hear this news confirmed is actually me.

“I’ve been busting to get my first drive of the new Nissan all year long as we’ve been watching the car take shape in the various departments of our team workshop. So to get the chance to drive the Altima V8 Supercar in front of a crowd at the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit is going to be a fantastic buzz.”

The car will be on display at the V8 Supercar Pit Pavilion from Friday onwards, with the laps taking place at approximately 11:10am on the Sunday.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • PlatoSpeaks

    If Nissan put a production V8 AWD Altima into production they would never sell another M56 or G37 (or whatever goofy ‘Q’ nomenclature they are called now). Particularly if it can be optioned with heated/cooled seats, adjustable suspension, launch control, and a few other goodies. It would be the real Godzilla and I would give my right arm for one.

    For full disclosure, my wife drives a fully loaded V6 Altima and I love it. My wife likes it better than her 2009 G37x!