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    Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes Move

    OFFICIAL: Nissan To Join V8 Supercars Championship

    V8 Supercars
    9 February 2012
    www.v8supercars.com.au

    NISSAN will join the V8 Supercars Championship in 2013 and become the first new manufacturer to enter the sport under its new ‘Car of the Future’ rulebook.

    The news was announced today at a press conference in the River Room at Crown Casino in Melbourne.

    The Japanese car giant will take on Holden and Ford in next year’s championship – the first run under new ‘Car of the Future’ rules.

    Kelly Racing has signed with Nissan to become the company’s factory team and will run four cars next year from their Melbourne workshop.

    The team will have the full support of the giant NISMO Nissan Motorsport organisation.

    Announcing the news today was Nissan Australia Managing Director and CEO Dan Thompson, Ian Moreillon (Executive General Manager, Sales and Fleet, Nissan Australia), V8 Supercars Chairman Tony Cochrane and V8 Supercars CEO David Malone.

    “We plan to use our presence in the series to strengthen our passenger car credentials in Australia,” said CEO and Managing Director of Nissan Australia Dan Thompson.

    “Nissan believes that, alongside Ford and Holden, we possess the most convincing motorsport DNA and track history in Australia, making a V8SC debut in 2013 an obvious initiative.

    “We are targeting No.1 importer status in Australia and already making progress towards that as one of the country’s fastest growing brands. V8 Supercars will boost that momentum.”

    The announcement signals the return of Nissan to the top form of touring car racing in Australia after an absence of two decades.

    It last ran a factory team with Gibson Motorsport and four-wheel drive Nissan GT-Rs in 1992, claiming the Australian Touring Car Championship with Mark Skaife and the Bathurst 1000 with Skaife and Jim Richards.

    V8 Supercars Commission Chairman Mark Skaife, Kelly Racing Chairman John Crennan and Kelly Racing co-owner/drivers Rick and Todd Kelly were also at today’s announcement.

    “I couldn't be more excited with the opportunity Nissan has offered Todd, myself and the entire team at Kelly Racing to become their official factory team,” said two-time Bathurst winner Rick Kelly.

    “Nissan's genuine enthusiasm, unwavering support and absolute professionalism through this evaluation has been tremendous and underpins their absolute intentions of Championship success in the category - a dream we share and hope to deliver on.”

    The model of Nissan that the team will use – and the engine package the car will utilise – will be announced at a later date.

    Nissan’s worldwide motorsport activites of late have proven to be strong and successful.

    They won last year’s FIA GT1 World Championship with a Nissan GT-R driven by Germans Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm as well as the Japanese SuperGT Championship and took a 1-2 finish in the LMP2 class at the Le Mans 24 Hour.


    Rick Kelly, Kelly Racing Co-Owner/Driver

    “This new partnership has only been made possible by the endless amount of hard work that John Crennan has done for Kelly Racing on this project, and that of Ian Moreillon, Jeff Fisher and the team at Nissan of which Todd and I are very grateful.

    “The Nissan COTF project is a huge undertaking however Todd and I are firmly focused on the job at hand this season ensuring that Kelly Racing takes those important steps forward on and off the race track.

    “Development of our cars and recruitment of key personnel in the off-season should assist us to realise these immediate goals.

    “This new partnership brings with it a host of opportunities for the team, our business partners and of course fans and delivers the vision that we have shared since our inception in the category in 2009.”


    Todd Kelly, Kelly Racing Co-Owner/Driver

    “Rick and I have had one clear goal that we have been striving for since we started Kelly Racing, that was to become a benchmark race-winning team with factory support.

    “The timing with Car of the Future has enabled us to engage a manufacturer and achieve that.

    “We couldn't be happier to be a factory Nissan team and factory Nissan drivers.”


    Tony Cochrane, V8 Supercars Chairman

    “We welcome Nissan with more than open arms.

    “This announcement ratifies all we have known about V8 Supercars for a long time – that we are an international player, a growing following globally and in great demand by big business and corporate players.

    “I also applaud Kelly Racing for this pioneering move to embrace Nissan and take one of the world’s biggest brands on their journey within the V8 Supercar Championship. Todd and Rick are truly remarkable businessmen, visionaries and drivers.”


    Mark Skaife, V8 Supercars Commission Chairman

    “This opens up a whole new chapter for V8 Supercars.

    “The sport and the brand have been so successful over such a long period of time with today’s news reinforcing the direction of the business, coupled with imminent international expansion to multiple destinations globally.

    “Nissan has clearly acknowledged V8 Supercars as a major component of their future plans within the Australian car market and motorsport internationally. V8 Supercars will deliver on their expectations.

    “There is no doubting the entry of more manufacturers now that Nissan has taken the first step to recognize what the relationship will do for their brand.”



    Holden has welcomed today’s announcement of a third manufacturer joining the V8 Supercar
    Championship in 2013


    GM Holden
    9 February 2012
    www.holden.com

    Holden has welcomed today’s announcement of a third manufacturer joining the V8 Supercar
    Championship in 2013.


    GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux said he supported the increased
    competition in the category which Holden was instrumental in creating almost 20 years ago.
    “The new car market has changed dramatically over the past few years creating many challenges
    for local manufacturers,” Devereux said.

    “Understandably, V8 Supercars has seen the need to alter its requirements to encourage more
    manufacturers into the category to keep it relevant.

    “The introduction of another manufacturer does not waiver our commitment; in fact we are excited
    about the challenge and it will add yet another chapter to our proud motorsport history.

    “Holden is Australia’s car company and V8 Supercars will remain the quintessential Aussie motor
    racing series. We have the very best teams and the finest drivers, so we say – ‘Bring it on!’.”
    In 2011, Holden dominated the V8 Supercar competition by winning 24 of 28 championship, and
    27 of 31 total races.

    It also won the Manufacturers Championship in record time, while Holden driver Jamie Whincup
    and his team, TeamVodafone, won the Drivers and Teams Championships.

    The official factory Holden Racing Team recorded its seventh and Holden’s 28th victory in
    Australia’s Great Race at Mt Panorama – the Bathurst 1000. The win was HRT’s record 200th alltime
    race win.


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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    Er... I am trying to thing of a V8 RWD Nissan sedan on the market currently... anybody?

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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    Perhaps a car company doesn't need to have a RWD V8 car for sale based on the new 'car of the future' rules. I have heard that Nissan have a luxury V8 for sale in other parts of the world, perhaps they'll bring that model here for sale later this year or for 2013. Chrysler already have the 300C for sale here, I'd be surprised if they don't become a member eventually as well

    I'm all for it, the more the better especially with all the rumours flying around about Holden and Ford.
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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    Quote Originally Posted by Brenie View Post
    Er... I am trying to thing of a V8 RWD Nissan sedan on the market currently... anybody?
    Think Infiniti maybe. The Nissan Fuga in Japan was a V8 but not RWD. I think with the degree a V8 Supercar Holden Commodore is it wouldn't matter too much as long as it is a Nissan V8 and a Nissan "approximate body" that fits the homolocar that is now the V8 Supercar.
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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    It's probably one of these....









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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    Being that they keep true to the V8 Supercar roots and the Nissan sports a similar set up with a V8 powerplant... then why not?

    This would make things interesting (more so than what we can say about NASCAR here stateside).

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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    According to this http://www.themotorreport.com.au/534...pionship-plans

    The car will be the new Nissan Altima soon be be seen on the market to replace the J32 Maxima. I'm not sure of its configuration but it's probably another transverse V6 FWD 'shopping trolley'.

    Maybe the will use its body over the COTF chassis & use a Nissan V8 from somewhere. Do they have an OHV V8 like Toyota's Tundera unit used in NASCAR.

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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Terry View Post
    According to this http://www.themotorreport.com.au/534...pionship-plans

    The car will be the new Nissan Altima soon be be seen on the market to replace the J32 Maxima. I'm not sure of its configuration but it's probably another transverse V6 FWD 'shopping trolley'.

    Maybe the will use its body over the COTF chassis & use a Nissan V8 from somewhere. Do they have an OHV V8 like Toyota's Tundera unit used in NASCAR.

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    The 'Car of the Future' will officially be unveiled at the Sydney Telstra 500 ahead of its 2013 racing debut. AARON NOONAN gives you the layman's guide to COTF…

    FOR well over 12 months, talk of V8 Supercars' 'Car of the Future' (COTF) has been buzzing around the V8 Supercars Championship paddock.

    There's been plenty written and said by media and fans — some of it inaccurate — about what COTF is, why it's being undertaken and what it all means. Some don't understand it, while others have simply over- analysed it.

    So, what does it all mean?

    Put simply, the 'DNA' of V8 Supercar racing will not change from 2013 when this new generation of cars takes over from the Falcons and Commodores that currently make up the grid.

    The cars will still feature V8 engines, rear-wheel drive and four doors. They'll also continue to make the same roar and be just as fast, if not actually faster. Currently, the chassis beneath the skin of the Falcon and Commodore are all extremely similar, with the next step being a control chassis — it's cheaper and is also aimed at making it easier for other potential manufacturers to build a V8 Supercar.

    A Commodore will still have the DNA of a Commodore, ditto for a Falcon or any other type of car that joins in. The doors will still open and close, the panels are the same shape and style of the road car, and the badges are real, too!

    A manufacturer wanting to join the V8 Supercars Championship could even come along with their own V8 engine, used under a parity system to ensure it's on par with the current units in the class, or use a 'category' engine if they wish to go with already-established technology.

    The control chassis could then open up the potential for a new manufacturer to join V8 Supercar racing. Regardless of whether another manufacturer joins the V8 Supercars field, the change is still an important and necessary one for the future of the class.
    http://www.v8supercars.com.au/techni...8/default.aspx

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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    I love the idea of more makes. My favorite era of touring car racing was the late 70's early 80's when not only were there multiple brands, but multiple classes on the track at the same time. Toranas, Falcons, Camaros, Jaguar XJS, Toyota Celica, Mazda RX-3, Holden Geminis all racing at Bathurst at the same time.

    Probably too dangerous now - something would be said about the speed differential between slow and fast cars, but it was very entertaining.


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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    Quote Originally Posted by isszy View Post
    I love the idea of more makes. My favorite era of touring car racing was the late 70's early 80's when not only were there multiple brands, but multiple classes on the track at the same time. Toranas, Falcons, Camaros, Jaguar XJS, Toyota Celica, Mazda RX-3, Holden Geminis all racing at Bathurst at the same time.

    Probably too dangerous now - something would be said about the speed differential between slow and fast cars, but it was very entertaining.



    I liked that era too


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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    yep, true win on sunday, sell on monday racing. I miss the sideways out of control action that we just don't get nowdays. I say drop the tyres down to 205's to make it interesting

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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    That pretty much ends my love of Aussie V8 Supercars especially with New Zealand being dropped from the series. Why is it that NZ was not allowed to have a circuit race (street race only allowed) but the US can have a circuit race?
    My interest has waned over the past few years anyway starting with the VE having a shortened chassis and moving on from there. Oh well, more time to get outside on the mountain bike or go surfing. Perfect.
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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    I had thought that Nissan would just use the Chev engine as the Kelly Bros have experience (and a love) of them. Seems the easy way, they roll a cotf Holden under the Nissan body.
    They have spoken about a 'control' V8 being available for other makes though what would that be? Prob a Chev.
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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    I dont think it is a good move at all. I remember as a teenager races being won by cars you never even saw on the road. Another nail in the coffin of Commodore and Falcon.

    But maybe they know that already!

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    Re: Official: Nissan to Join V8 Supercars in 2013 with Kelly Racing! Holden Welcomes

    Quote Originally Posted by isszy View Post
    I love the idea of more makes. My favorite era of touring car racing was the late 70's early 80's when not only were there multiple brands, but multiple classes on the track at the same time. Toranas, Falcons, Camaros, Jaguar XJS, Toyota Celica, Mazda RX-3, Holden Geminis all racing at Bathurst at the same time.

    Probably too dangerous now - something would be said about the speed differential between slow and fast cars, but it was very entertaining.

    the reason for the popularity in that era was not because of the multiple classes. It was because of the v8's against the rotary rx7's vs the bluebirds, jaguars and bmw 635's. nobody cared about the little corolla's, nissan's and gemini's. Anybody who say they liked the multiple classes is fulll of crap. It was the multiple manufacturer's in the big league that drew everybody to the mountain.

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