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It will be a big start to the year for Nissan Australia as last week the company confirmed the 2013 Nissan GT-R Premium Edition will go on-sale in Australia on 1 February 2013. The latest edition of the GT-R, previewed at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, Australia and before its global unveil in Japan on November 2, features enhancements throughout the vehicle for increased performance, improved ride and handling, and greater customisation. Already considered a legendary supercar, the 2013 GT-R has received evolutionary design and engineering enhancements based on feedback acquired from competing in the 24-Hours of Nürburgring race earlier this year. Notable modifications include improved engine response in both the mid and upper-rpm rev range, increased body rigidity, and specification changes to the shock absorbers, springs and front stabiliser. As a result, the vehicle’s overall performance is dramatically increased, high-speed stability improved and ride quality is more refined. Additionally, a new luxury interior option will be offered that features genuine hand-stitched semi-aniline leather in amber red colour (seat and door trims, centre console), further enhancing the sense of quality and style within the cabin. The 2013 GT-R also recorded a 0-100kph time of 2.7 seconds in October 2012 at Sendai Hi Land Raceway, an improvement of 0.1 seconds compared to the 2012 edition, and lapped the Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit in 7minutes 19.1 seconds.
Nissan’s all-new Altima V8 Supercar will hit the streets this weekend at the Sydney Telstra 500 in Sydney, New South Wales. The Altima V8 Supercar will also be on display for fans to get a closer look. The first public display of the spectacular, all-new V8 Supercar will be capped by laps of the 3.42-kilometre Sydney Olympic Park street circuit with Rick Kelly behind the wheel. The demonstration laps at Sydney will be the first time that Kelly, the 2006 V8 Supercars Champion and two-time Bathurst winner, will drive the first Nissan V8 Supercar constructed by Kelly Racing as the team transitions to Nissan Motorsport for 2013. “The interest in the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar has been overwhelming all year, especially now that we have unveiled the first car,” said Rick Kelly. “So we are pleased to show fans our first Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, the car that will dawn the new era of V8 Supercars from 2013, at the final event of this season at the Sydney Telstra 500 this weekend. “While I’m sure that the fans will be excited to see the Altima in the flesh for the first time, there’s no doubt that the most excited person to hear this news confirmed is actually me. “I’ve been busting to get my first drive of the new Nissan all year long as we’ve been watching the car take shape in the various departments of our team workshop. So to get the chance to drive the Altima V8 Supercar in front of a crowd at the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit is going to be a fantastic buzz.” The Nissan Altima V8 Supercar will be on display in the V8 Supercar Pit Pavilion at the Sydney Telstra 500 from Friday, with its on track appearance with Rick Kelly behind the wheel scheduled for 11:10am on Sunday.
With the trend for city SUVs booming, it can be hard to decide which model to go for. If one is looking for a genuine off-road vehicle however, there are a few criteria for which to look out: All wheel drive Not all SUV’s are 4×4s. This may seem obvious, however is an important point on the tick list for an SUV that is supposed to cope in non-city terrain. Assumptions are not helpful here; there is, for example a new four-wheel-drive version of the Fiat Panda, while the popular Nissan Qashqai SUV does not come with all wheel drive. Some SUVs come with the option of switching between four-wheel and two-wheel drive, so as to accommodate both on- and off-road driving. Large tyres with deep, open treads These will ensure good grip both on- and off-road. Large tyres (i.e. a larger tyre surface area interacting with the ground) will lesson ground pressure, thus preventing the vehicle from sinking into muddy terrain. Deep, open treads are especially important for muddy and uneven or hilly terrain. It is important to look for the tread on tyres as well as their size, as the fashion for city SUVs has led to a trend for tyres that may be large, however do not have good grip at all. Flexible suspension Fairly self-explanatory. The best SUVs for off-roading won’t give drivers or passengers bruises, but also won’t have an overly soft suspension, which may even prove nauseating in rough terrain. Test driving the desired vehicle both on- and off-road to test the suspension is definitely recommended. High vehicle ground clearance Again, this might be an obvious point, however some SUVs have better clearance than others, so it is worth looking out for a vehicle which allows for plenty of space between itself and the ground. This will ensure that the vehicle’s tyres or (or tracks) stay in contact with the ground at all times, thus preventing a potentially dangerous loss of traction. High vehicle ground clearance is also particularly important if the SUV is to be used for rocky terrain, as raised and pointed stones can otherwise do significant damage. Low gearing Low gearing ensures that the driver is able to maximise the available engine power, even while navigating difficult terrain at relatively low speed. This is generally achieved by employing an internal combustion engine either in combination with a very low first gear, or with an additional ‘reduction drive’ gearbox. Torque converters may also be used to further reduce gearing. Most important of all, however, is the test drive. With all off-roading points ticked, this will still be the deciding factor for or against a particular model. Dealers selling genuine off-road vehicles will be amenable even to off-road test drives. Private sellers will also tend to understand the necessity of testing the vehicle in its desired future environment before committing to a purchase.
Nissan took the covers off there long awaited Car of the Future in Melbourne last week. The all-new Nissan Altima is set to hit the grid of the V8 Supercar Championship in 2013 and will be the first time in 20 years Nissan has lined-up in this championship. The Altima is the first all-new V8 Supercar model unveiled in two decades and Nissan will have a four-car factory team, known as Nissan Motorsport. Nissan Australia Managing Director and CEO William F Peffer Jr joined team co-owners and Bathurst-winning drivers Todd and Rick Kelly to unveil the spectacular Altima V8 Supercar. “This is a proud day for Nissan and a significant occasion for the sport of V8 Supercars,” said Nissan Australia Managing Director and CEO William F Peffer Jr. “Unveiling our Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, the first new V8 Supercar model in two decades, brings Nissan’s special brand of ‘Innovation and Excitement’ to the V8 Supercars Championship. “2013 will be an enormous year for Nissan in many ways, with several important new models set to launch next year. One of those will be the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima, the first time the Altima nameplate has gone on-sale in Australia, and what better way to introduce Altima to Australia than to have it on-track in the V8 Supercars Championship from the start of next season. “Everyone at Nissan is right behind our team, led by Todd and Rick Kelly, and we are excited about hitting the track next season with this spectacular Altima V8 Supercar.” The Nissan Altima V8 Supercar has been designed and built to the category’s new ‘Car of The Future’ regulations, which include 18 inch wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension. Nissan Motorsport will use the production-based VK56DE engine in the Altima V8 Supercar, the same engine that powered Nissan to FIA GT1 World Championship glory in 2011. The VK56 engine also powers the all-new 2013 Nissan Patrol that goes on sale in Australia from 1 February 2013. The significance of the occasion was not lost on Todd Kelly, 2005 Bathurst 1000 winner and team Racing Director. “This is the proudest day in the relatively short history of our team, as well as one of the most significant days in recent times for the sport of V8 Supercars,” said Todd Kelly. “Our team has done a tremendous job to design and build an all-new V8 Supercar, including a new engine, in roughly nine months. “The Nissan Altima V8 Supercar really is like no other V8 Supercar. Not only does it look spectacular but its unique features and aggressive design ensure that Nissan Motorsport will stand out from the rest of the field. “The look of the Altima and sound of the VK56DE engine are second-to-none. Once V8 Supercars has homologated the aerodynamic package on the Altima, we will begin our testing to ensure it drives as fast as it looks and sounds.” Rick Kelly, 2003 and 2004 Bathurst winner, 2006 V8 Supercars Champion and team Commercial Director, said that the team had ambitious goals for the 2013 season despite the significant task ahead. “2013 will be the first time in my career that I will be a factory driver and it’s a responsibility that I am not taking lightly,” said Rick Kelly. “Our entire team is working harder than ever to ensure that we rise to another level as we transform into Nissan Motorsport for next season. This is the most exciting time in our sport for two decades and it is amazing to think that our team is at the forefront of this change. “A lot of hard work still lies ahead but we want to ensure that Nissan Motorsport is competitive next season and is a force to be reckoned with in the not-too-distant future.” The team will now work with V8 Supercars as the category’s technical team works to homologate the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, in particular its aerodynamic package, to ensure a fair playing field with the competition. Once the homologation process is complete the team will begin circuit testing with the first Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and complete construction of further cars, with four Altimas set to make their racing debut at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia on 2 March 2013. 2013 V8 Supercars Championship schedule
|February 16||Pre-Season Test Day||Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW|
|Feb 28 – Mar 3||Clipsal 500 Adelaide||Adelaide Parklands, SA|
|March 14-17||F1 Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park, Melbourne, VIC|
|April 5-7||Tasmania Challenge||Symmons Plains, Launceston, TAS|
|April 12-14||Auckland 400||Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand|
|May 3-5||Perth||Barbagallo Raceway, Perth, WA|
|May 17-19||Texas 400||Austin, Texas, USA|
|June 14-16||SKYCITY Triple Crown||Hidden Valley, Darwin, NT|
|July 5-7||Sucrogen Townsville 400||Reid Park, Townsville, QLD|
|July 27-28||Coates Hire Ipswich||Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD|
|August 23-25||Winton||Winton Motor Raceway, Victoria|
|September 13-15||Sandown 500||Sandown, Melbourne, VIC|
|October 10-13||Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000||Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW|
|October 25-27||Armor All Gold Coast 600||Surfers Paradise, Queensland|
|November 1-3||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|November 23-24||Phillip Island 400||Phillip Island, Victoria|
|Nov 29 – Dec 1||Sydney 500||Sydney Olympic Park, NSW|
The new contender for the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship took to Calder Park in Melbourne last week. Todd Kelly powered the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar around for the first time. The all-new, state-of-the-art Altima V8 Supercar completed a handful of laps to undertake system checks, before commencing aerodynamic testing in preparation for the V8 Supercars homologation process. 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, not jeopardising 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. James Brock drove one of the team’s Holden Commodores to provide benchmark data for engineers and V8 Supercars officials. The Nissan Altima V8 Supercar ran flawlessly during the track running, conducted just three days after its official unveiling. The car’s high-tech VK56DE engine continues to perform as planned, both at Calder Park as well as in dynamometer testing since it was unveiled on September 4. The Nissan Altima V8 Supercar is the first all-new V8 Supercar in over two decades. It was unveiled on Tuesday 30 October 2012 at a spectacular event in Docklands, Melbourne.