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HISTORIC MOMENT AS NISSAN UNVEILS
ALTIMA V8 SUPERCAR
The unveiling of the Nissan Altima was a
historic moment for the sport of V8
Supercars, which has been the domain of
purely Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores
for the past two decades.
Nissan Motorsport will campaign four
Altimas with Kelly Racing in the 2013 V8
Supercars Championship, powered by the 32-
valve quad-cam production-based Nissan
VK56DE engine that was unveiled in
The Altima V8 Supercar completed a
handful of laps at Calder Park in Melbourne to
undertake system checks, before aerodynamic
testing began in preparation for the V8
Supercars homologation process.
The highly anticipated event was streamed
live online via YouTube, giving fans in
Australia and across the globe their first
glimpse of the race car.
Team co-owner and driver Todd Kelly had
the honour of becoming the first person to
drive the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar.
Kelly drove several sedate installation laps
on the 2.28-kilometre circuit to kick off the
day's proceedings so as not to jeopardise his
rehabilitation from shoulder surgery.
Nathan Pretty then took over driving duties
in the Altima V8 Supercar, performing
aerodynamic test runs on Calder's long front
straight, while James Brock drove one of the
team's Holden Commodores to provide
benchmark data for engineers and V8
The Nissan Altima V8 Supercar ran
flawlessly with the car's high-tech VK56DE
engine performed as planned both at Calder
Park and in dynamometer testing.
Kelly said he did not have a chance to get
too emotional about the whole project before
he drove the car.
"We've been so busy getting the car built,
then we've been busy getting the car
assembled and ready for the launch and then
from the launch we've been flat out getting
the car ready for the shakedown, so I haven't
had time to sit back and think 'gee, that's an
awesome result'," he said.
Kelly, who warmed the tyres over a lap and
then "stood on the throttle", said the Altima
"I felt and heard the engine come alive
and leave two big black marks down the
straight as it drove off; it was unreal," he said.
"That was the first point where I've
thought 'this is a pretty impressive project'
and yeah, I got a bit emotional driving the car
The tests were completed only two
minutes before the car had to be off the track.
"Luckily the car ran absolutely faultlessly,"
"We didn't have to touch the car at all,
which is amazing for its first run.
"We just got through all of our testing
items and stuck it back in the truck."
Kelly said because the car was in aero test
trim, there were no brake ducts and a lot of
the specifications that were usually raced with
were not in the car.
"The suspension (for aerodynamic testing)
is different as well so I didn't really tip it into
a corner to feel what the car would do," he
"As far as what it feels like, it's just more
about the look of the car, the transaxle and
gearbox feels a lot different, the throttle throw
and response feels different and obviously (so
does) the Nissan engine.
"It's good to jump in. It's really the most
'different' car I've driven since I raced open
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Nissan unveiled its first Altima V8 Supercar to the world late last year before it was given its first test run.
Monroe ambassador Mark Winterbottom set aside his near miss in the
2012 V8 Supercars Championship with his first Barry Sheene Medal at the
Gala Awards held in Sydney.
After a year of highs and lows that resulted in
him finishing third to TeamVodafone's Jamie
Whincup and Craig Lowndes, Winterbottom joined
a select few by becoming V8 Supercars best and
fairest, as voted by the media.
In a close contest Winterbottom finished on 18
votes with three-time recipient Lowndes on 16, tied
with emerging star and the ever popular David
"It's a great honour, it does somewhat make up
for the year that was," Winterbottom said.
"To be recognised by the media as not only a
competitive driver but one that has their respect is
a nice thing to know after what was a solid but
Frosty said he "clearly had a shot, a real good
chance" to win the championship but he just
couldn't get there.
"They just did a better job and we'll have to lift
again (in 2013). It hurts but there's nothing you
can do about it. You just have to move on."
Reynolds received the most improved award.
Holden won the Manufacturers Award following
its dominant season with TeamVodafone in the last
time the Red Lion did battle alone with Ford.
Nissan and AMG join the grid in 2013.
FROSTY VOTED BEST AND FAIREST
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