One half of the Nissan Motorsport stable has shown off the 2014-specification Altima it will race in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship.
‘Norton Hortnets’ drivers James Moffat and Michael Caruso took the wraps off their new car overnight, showcasing a subtly different livery scheme and updated aerodynamic package they will run this year.
The upcoming season sees five different manufacturers competing for championship honours, with Nissan and the new Volvo outfit recently undergoing a series of aerodynamic tests to ensure their respective cars are at parity with the rest of the field.
Aside from a rather controversial 1-2 finish for Moffat and Caruso at Winton, Nissan’s comeback season was rather troubled, with the new Altima beset with reliability and lacking in outright grunt.
Hoping to address this, the team’s bespoke engine has undergone analysis from parent company, Nismo, while the Altima has had some aerodynamic tweaks, including new rear wing uprights and shallower scallops on the front bar.
“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,” Moffat said, looking back at 2013.
The entire 25-car field will head to Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend for the series’ only ‘open’ pre-season test day on Saturday. It will prove the one opportunity to assess the competition in equal condition before the season-opening Clipsal 500 at Adelaide on the first weekend of March.
“The re-homologated aerodynamics package should help us and that makes the opening test at Sydney very important,” Caruso added.
“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.”
The livery schemes of the team’s other two cars – the Jack Daniel’s sponsored entries between piloted by Rick and Todd Kelly – will be shown off in due course.
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