Nissan Motorsport has unveiled the livery scheme it will run on the Altima being piloted by the championship’s highest-profile rookie, Simona de Silvestro, as she makes her full-time debut in the Australian Supercars Championship.

The Swiss racing driver has elected to run under the #78 entry, a throwback to her highly successful IndyCar days where she became the first woman to claim a podium finish on a road or street circuit round in the championship’s history.

Her car will carry a distinctive red, black and white paint scheme which features major naming rights backing from the retail giant Harvey Norman. The car will carry one-off backing from SA Tourism at the season-opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

Simona de Silvestro, Team Harvey Norman Nissan

De Silvestro will make her full-time Supercars debut in the #78 Team Harvey Norman Nissan.

“The car looks fantastic. Red goes faster, right?” beamed de Silvestro at the livery reveal.

“It’s great to show off the Altima I will be racing this year, as well as announcing that Harvey Norman will be supporting me.

“Harvey Norman was with me at the last two Bathurst 1000’s, so it’s great to have them on board again.”

The 28-year-old has already had some time behind the wheel of her new car, successfully completing a rookie driver test day at Winton Raceway last week.

“Everyone has been really welcoming to me since I arrived, so I can’t wait to get racing,” she added.

“We have started our testing program, and I’m feeling really comfortable in the car and with the team. This season will be challenging, as it’s my first full year driving the Altima. But I have a great team around me, and I’m really looking forward to going racing at the Clipsal 500.”

Images via Nissan Motorsport

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