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Nissan returns in V8 assult

Nissan Australia will return to racing next year with a full factory-backed entry in V8 Supercars with Kelly Racing.

To be announced in Melbourne tomorrow morning, the family-owned Kelly outfit will be rebranded Nissan Motorsport and field as many as four official entries.

The cars will run in primarily Nissan livery – normally red, white and blue – that incorporates other team sponsors.

Still to be decided is what Nissan model the Car Of The Future-spec V8 racers will emulate, with candidates ranging from the Maxima large car to the Japanese-market four-door Skyline.

Engine wise, it’s understood Nissan Oz and Kelly Racing will develop a localised version of one of the company’s existing racing V8s, with input from the NISMO motor sport division.

The unexpectedly full-frontal factory deal ends the two-decade Ford/Holden duopoly in V8 racing.

Ironically, Nissan’s last involvement in Australian touring car racing was with the category-killing “Godzilla” Skyline GT-R, the early 1990s domination of which prompted the switch to the V8 Commodores and Falcons that have reigned since 1994.

There will be a comprehensive analysis of Nissan’s game-changing V8 entry.

Posted by Stuart Gibbons on 27th February, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
Tags: Motor Sport, V8's

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