There are many reasons why our very own Christian handed Nissan the award for "Best Enthusiast Brand", and one of then is that the Japanese manufacturer is racing on more levels than most automakers. From super-fast Formula 1 and Le Mans racing to Australian touring car hooning known as V8 Supercars, Nissan has been revving its engines and showcasing technology at the top of the motorsport realm for years now.
Granted, its V8 Supercar efforts haven’t been particularly successful, but that didn’t stop Nissan from rolling out a special-edition hatchback ahead of the 2014 Bathurst 1000, Australia’s most iconic motorsport event. The vehicle in question, a slightly customized Pulsar SSS, hits Nissan’s Australian dealerships just in time to celebrate 30 years since Nissan’s first Bathurst 1000 pole position, won by George Fury in the Bluebird Turbo in 1984. Read on to find more about this limited-edition hatch.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition.
It may have taken longer than expected, but the auction winnerhttps://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-n... of the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold finally saw his prized win in the flesh after the car was officially delivered at a special ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia.
Late last year, the bidder put down an astounding $187,000 bid on the two-off GT-R dedicated to Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt with the funds from the auction going to Bolt’s foundation in his native Jamaica. After months of waiting, including what we imagine to be a lot of waking up wishing to see the car in his garage, the new owner of the GT-R Bolt Gold can finally enjoy the car that he paid a princely sum for.
If we were in his position, we’d understand why the wait would’ve been really excruciating. It’s hard enough to wait months on end while your $187,100 is presumably sitting somewhere without you being able to touch the item that you purchased it for.
But we also understand how exciting it must’ve been to finally lay your eyes on the car you waited for so long to see. And the fact that there are only two models of this car in existence - the other one is with Bolt himself - makes it that much sweeter.
We’re just hoping that the proud owner over there in Australia takes good care of his new pride and joy. You waited so long for it, mate. Better make sure it sticks around with you for a long time too.
Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold
For the first time in 20 years, Nissan is set to compete in Australia’s Supercar V8 Series and they’re doing so with the 2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar.
The car was unveiled at a special event in Melbourne and marks one of the first vehicles that aren’t Ford Falcons or Holden Commodores to compete in the V8 Supercar Series.
Together with its partner Kelly Racing, Nissan is planning to bring four of these models to compete in the 2013 season under the Nissan Motorsport banner. As far as modifications are concerned, the Altima V8 Supercar will get a NISMO-developed 5.0-liter VK56DE V8 engine. Incidentally, this Nismo-sourced V8 powertrain is the same engine that powered the Nissan GT-R FIA GT1 to the FIA GT1 World Championship title back in 2011. To comply with the V8 Supercar regulations, the engine’s displacement was actually reduced from 5.6 liter to 5.0 liters.
Talking to Australia’s Herald Sun, Kelly Racing co-owner and overseer of the Nissan Altima project Todd Kelly has high hopes for the Altima V8 Supercar leading up to its run in the 2013 season of the V8 Supercar Series.
"Factory support is the key to teams winning Bathurst and V8 Supercar championships," Kelly said.
"There’s nothing more exciting for a drive than to unveil a car with a brand new chassis that takes it to a new level.’’
UPDATE: 11/05/12: A week after Nissan pulled the covers off of the Altima V8 Supercar Racer, the automaker finished its first run of testing at Calder Park Raceway. At the end of the test session, the team seemed happy with the results, although they also cautioned that there’s more work that needs to be done to make the Altima V8 Supercar racer up to speed. Check out the video of the car’s test run by clicking on the photo above!
UPDATE 02/13/13: A few months after unveiling the Altima V8 Supercar Series Race Car, Nissan took it one step further with the debut of the actual race cars with their liveries in tow to go with the driver announcements for the two teams the Japanese automaker will be fielding in the V8 Supercar Series. Check out the fresh batch of pics in the gallery below!