2014 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

We’ve already had a look and listen at Volvo’s engine for the V8 Supercars racing series, and now another equally uninspiring car is debuting. This time around, it’s the Nissan Altima Coupe that is showing that it can deliver on the race track.

There is no mention of what engine is under its hood, but it’s safe to say that there is some form of V-8, like the series’ name alludes to. This isn’t the Altima ’s first crack at the V8 Supercars series , but this is a new design for the team.

The new aero package slapped on this hot Altima includes smaller scallops on the front bar and redesigned rear wing uprights. Also tweaked is the livery, as it now features a pearlescent yellow paint and reflective white vinyl in the "Norton" logo.

There will be two Altimas running the series, with James Moffat at the helm of the No. 360 car and Michael Caruso in the No. 36 car. The racing kicks off February 27th in Adelaide, South Australia and end December 7th in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales.

Click past the jump to read a little about the road-going 2013 Altima Coupe and to see the full racing schedule.

2014 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

Nissan Altima V8 Supercar
Nissan Altima V8 Supercar
Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

2013 Nissan Altima Coupe

Nissan Altima Coupe

The Altima Coupe rolled into the 2013 model year with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that put down 175 horsepower and delivered 32 mpg city. This potent little four-pot hooked up to a CVT, which tone down the power and excitement, but really helped in pushing the mpg to new heights. It would be nice to have seen a V-6 option, but sadly, only the Altima sedan had the optional, 3.5-liter V-6.

2014 V8 Supercars Championship Calendar

PRE-SEASON TEST, Sydney Motorsports Park, Eastern Creek, New South Wales, Feb 15
EVENT 1, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, South Australia, Feb 27-Mar 2
NON-CHAMP, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Victoria, Mar 13-16
EVENT 2, Tasmania 400, Symmons Plains, Tasmania, Mar 28-30
EVENT 3, Winton 400, Winton, Victoria, Apr 4-6
EVENT 4, ITM 500 Auckland, Pukekohe, New Zealand, Apr 24-27
EVENT 5, Perth 400, Barbagallo, Western Australia, May 16-18
EVENT 6, Skycity Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, Northern Territory, Jun 20-22
EVENT 7, Townsville 500, Reid Park, Queensland, Jul 4-6
EVENT 8, Coates Hire Ipswich 400, Ipswich, Queensland, Aug 1-3
EVENT 9, Sydney Motorsport Park, New South Wales, Aug 22-24
EVENT 10, Wilson Security Sandown 500, Victoria, Sep 12-14
EVENT 11, Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, New South Wales, Oct 9-12
EVENT 12, Gold Coast 600, Gold Coast, Queensland, Oct 24-26
EVENT 13, Phillip Island 360, Phillip Island, Victoria, Nov 14-16
EVENT 14, Sydney 500, Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales, Dec 5-7

Press Release

Norton Hornets drivers James Moffat and Michael Caruso have revealed the 2014-specification Norton Nissan Altima, and the pair is hungry for more success in the V8 Supercars Championship this year.

Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

After Moffat and Caruso’s historic one-two race result at Winton last August, the Norton Nissan pairing will be armed with an updated aerodynamics package for the 2014 season.

The new-look Nissan Altima V8 Supercars features smaller scallops on the front bar, as well a revised rear wing uprights.

In the return year for Nissan to Australian Touring Car competition, Moffat and Caruso produced some fine results, adding to their Winton triumph.

While the livery of the 2014-specification Norton Nissan is similar to how it ended last year’s championship, there are some subtle changes, including a pearl-based yellow paint, plus reflective white vinyl for the circle on Norton’s famous "tick."

The two Norton Hornets, plus Nissan Motorsport’s Jack Daniel’s Racing entries of Todd and Rick Kelly, will hit the track for the first time this year at Sydney Motorsport Park for the traditional pre-season test this Saturday February 15.

James Moffat: #360 Norton Nissan Altima

"We had a number of highlights last year, and there were some tough times too, but we have put that behind us and we’re looking forward to the 2014 season," said James Moffat.

"Motor racing is a ’must deliver’ business, but more so for Nissan Motorsport this year.

"In this industry, nothing speaks stronger than results, and that’s what we are here to achieve this year.

"It’s difficult to have any expectations before the season starts, as we’ll be heading into the new year with a new package.

"Until we hit the track for the first time at the Sydney test, we won’t be getting too carried away with expectations. Hopefully it will be an improvement, and I’m sure it will be, so all we can do is head to the test, put our best foot forward and have a productive day.

"The most important thing for us at the test is to have a really productive day. We need to get through a lot of changes on the day, understand the new aero package and come out of the day with as much information as we can."

Michael Caruso: #36 Norton Nissan Altima

"I’m excited about the 2014 season. It’s always great to continue with a great sponsor like Norton and our other backers like Toshiba and Steadfast who have come on bigger and stronger this year," said Michael Caruso.

"The re-homologated aerodynamics package should help us and that makes the opening test at Sydney very important.

Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

"It’s actually even more important for me, because due to some factors, I didn’t do the pre-season test last year. Given we’re racing there later in the year, it’s an ideal chance to log some miles around the track.

"For Nissan Motorsport and the two Norton Altimas, it’s important that we show strong improvement in our second year, and it’s critical that we start to win races.

"Whether that happens straight away, I’m not sure, but as more upgrades come through, then all the signs are there that we can start challenging on a week-to-week basis.

"As a driver, you aspire to be in a position to head to every race track with a realistic chance of winning, and I feel that we’re not far away from being in that place."

2014 V8 Supercars Championship Calendar
PRE-SEASON TEST, Sydney Motorsports Park, Eastern Creek, New South Wales, Feb 15
EVENT 1, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, South Australia, Feb 27-Mar 2
NON-CHAMP, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Victoria, Mar 13-16
EVENT 2, Tasmania 400, Symmons Plains, Tasmania, Mar 28-30
EVENT 3, Winton 400, Winton, Victoria, Apr 4-6
EVENT 4, ITM 500 Auckland, Pukekohe, New Zealand, Apr 24-27
EVENT 5, Perth 400, Barbagallo, Western Australia, May 16-18
EVENT 6, Skycity Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, Northern Territory, Jun 20-22
EVENT 7, Townsville 500, Reid Park, Queensland, Jul 4-6
EVENT 8, Coates Hire Ipswich 400, Ipswich, Queensland, Aug 1-3
EVENT 9, Sydney Motorsport Park, New South Wales, Aug 22-24
EVENT 10, Wilson Security Sandown 500, Victoria, Sep 12-14
EVENT 11, Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, New South Wales, Oct 9-12
EVENT 12, Gold Coast 600, Gold Coast, Queensland, Oct 24-26
EVENT 13, Phillip Island 360, Phillip Island, Victoria, Nov 14-16
EVENT 14, Sydney 500, Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales, Dec 5-7


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