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Old 11-03-2012, 06:11 AM   #1
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When muscle car manufacturers come to mind, Nissan simply isnít part of the conversation. They arenít in the same galaxy with traditional offerings from Dodge, Ford or General Motors, but thanks to an ambitious program afoot in Australia, the Japanese marque hopes to shift its image from a maker of fine econoboxes to architects of ground-pounding nastiness.

In partnership with the Kelly Racing V-8 Supercars team, Nissan, along with team owners/drivers Rick and Todd Kelly, will field four purpose-built Altimas in the 2013 V-8 championship. Based on the first images of the 4-door, 650 hp 5.0-liter V-8-powered machine in action, look for plenty of speed and swagger to be unleashed next year when the series makes its first Stateside visit at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX.

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Old 11-03-2012, 06:11 AM   #2
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:07 AM   #3
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I want one now.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:36 AM   #4
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fwd, rwd or awd?
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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fwd, rwd or awd?
I'm pretty sure all v8 super cars are rwd
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:22 AM   #6
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V8, RWD, Altima.

Classic case of pick two gone completely right
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:41 AM   #7
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I love the v8 super car series. Purest are going to frown on this & i get why. I wonder if Ford & Holden will change platforms now that Nissan is allowed to enter with a model the public cannot buy? I doubt they will since this is also marketing and branding for them but, with the falcon ending production in AUS i could see it happening. If they do, it will loose a little bit of appeal to me & just become another race series.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #8
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Homologation not needed?
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:32 PM   #9
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fwd, rwd or awd?
FWD with a 5.0L v8 and 650 hp would be the ultimate failure of a car for anything but FWD drag racing. I wouldn't take one if someone offered it to me for free.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:31 PM   #10
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Pontiac did something similar with the awkward 5.3L 303hp FWD setup in the Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. Even more awkward was the reverse staggered wheel setup (18x8 front, 18x7 rear).
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:56 PM   #11
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Not sure if serious, but nope. V8 supercars is going from cars derived from the actual street model, to tube frame sheet metal spec chassis with the specific manufacturer 5.0 V8 in it.

In other words, the racing cars which had quite a bit to do with the actual car originally will now have absolutely nothing to do with the stickers of the cars name adorned on the sheet metal.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:00 PM   #12
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I had no clue which is why I asked. Good to know.

So kinda like the cars in NASCAR?
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:38 AM   #13
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I had no clue which is why I asked. Good to know.

So kinda like the cars in NASCAR?
Except they still look like cars, have functioning lights, and race in the wet.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:27 AM   #14
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Yes the lights work, and yes the sheet metal applied to the tubular frame still looks like the production cars somewhat. But there is absolutely NOTHING form an altima on that car with the exception of the lights.

But I have stated my dislike of this crap, no need for me to pollute this thread any more.

(see how I am growing as a person)
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:32 AM   #15
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That looks sweet. This is the first time Nissan is back in V8 series since 90s I believe. Is this the same series where the R32 GTR dominated and ultimately banned?
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Except they still look like cars, have functioning lights, and race in the wet.
.....and turn right occasionally.
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I wonder how many people will buy the new Altima thinking it's a really fast car now -_-. I personally don't like the new styling. My sister has the generation before this one, it's a 2010. I think that one looks better.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:40 AM   #18
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I wonder how many people will buy the new Altima thinking it's a really fast car now -_-. I personally don't like the new styling. My sister has the generation before this one, it's a 2010. I think that one looks better.
I think the 05-06 models look much better than the current ones too.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:41 AM   #19
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I think the 05-06 models look much better than the current ones too.
That was when they had the SE-R right? There was one parked right infront of my car at the mall parking lot the other day, they look cool .
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:44 AM   #20
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That was when they had the SE-R right? There was one parked right infront of my car at the mall parking lot the other day, they look cool .
Yes,
Actually had the SE-R myself. Even being a FWD car, it was a great daily driver, and the dedicated 6 speed was great. Having ~280 HP wasn't too shabby either
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:45 AM   #21
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This is sad though, because it is yet another series going from Showroom Stock, or even Showroom Modified to yet another tube chassis series.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #23
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This is sad though, because it is yet another series going from Showroom Stock, or even Showroom Modified to yet another tube chassis series.
^this
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:01 PM   #24
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Nascar does race occasionally on road courses, and are set up for wet running on such tracks (wet oval racing would be suicide).



The developments in Aussie V8 and DTM make me very sad. What's the point of having different brands, if there is little to no difference in the cars?
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I don't care about funny car racing unless it's formula 1. If they want to make up cars go ahead.
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