This is Easily the Coolest Nissan Altima Ever

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Nissan Altima might be one of the last cars you ever think of when it comes to race cars, but this one is easily the coolest Altima yet.

The 2016 Australian motorsport season is on the horizon and Nissan has unveiled two of its race cars. The one we’re paying more attention to is the 2016 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar entry, featuring a livery that resembles what you see on Nissan’s global GT3 race cars. The Altima race car will be piloted once again by Michael Caruso and boasts more than 600 horsepower.

The Japanese automaker will also campaign a GT-R NISMO GT3 in the local GT3 series and it will make its racing debut at the Bathurst 12 Hour race next week, as it looks to defend its 2015 title.

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During a recent test day at the Phillip Island circuit, both cars ran on the track with Rick Kelly and Florian Strauss behind the wheels. Also in attendance was Matt Simmons, the winner of the 2015 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy.

“Today is a display of how heavily committed Nissan is to Australian motorsport,” said Nissan Australia managing director and chief executive Richard Emery. “Elements from all three pillars of our local motorsport activities – V8 Supercars, GT3 and the Bathurst 12 Hour, and the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy program – were all at Phillip Island. All is now set for a huge 2016 season, beginning with the Bathurst 12 Hour next month where the Nissan GT-R will strive to win back-to back victories at Mount Panorama, just as it did in 1991 and 1992.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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