Nissan has presented a racer with an Altima body that was built just for the V8 Supercar series. U.S. and Australia are the two countries that have shown incredible enthusiasm for the V-8 engine even as this engine can be seen all over the world and has been produced by nearly all major automakers.
The V-8 is quite rare in Europe and Asia and is typically used only in luxury cars and heavy trucks but it’s common in affordable vehicles in Australia and the U.S. In the U.S., they have NASCAR while Australia has the V8 Supercar series. Nissan’s latest entry in the V8 Supercar series shows a lot of potential. The car was subjected to a shakedown run at Calder Park Raceway near Melbourne.
The car was driven by V8 Supercar team owner and driver Todd Kelly, who has yet to fully recover from a shoulder operation but was able to drive the car for a few laps in Calder. However, this model isn’t likely to cross over to NASCAR.
This won’t be like what Toyota has done. Powering this Altima is a smaller-displacement (5.0 vs. 5.6 liters) race-tuned version of Nissan’s DOHC VK56DE engine, comparable to what is used in the Nissan Titan, Infiniti QX56 and M56.
NASCAR has discovered fuel injection just recently, and it still uses pushrods. Unless there’s a change in the rules about allowing multivalve, overhead-cam engines, this big-inch racer will likely stay in Australia. However, there are reports that the V8 Supercar series may be seen at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas track in 2013.