Nissan Motorsport has revealed the second of its 2017 liveries ahead of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship test in Sydney on Tuesday.
Following the unveil of Simona de Silvestro’s Harvey Norman-backed Altima, the team has launched Michael Caruso’s refreshed Nissan Nismo entry.
This year marks the third that Nissan has run a car in its factory colours, while Caruso is entering his fifth season with the Kelly family owned squad.
The #23 Altima has been launched sporting increased backing from car care brand Autoglym, which fills the bonnet.
Caruso scored Nissan’s second ever Supercars victory midway through 2016 en route to 10th in the championship and is hoping to make the most of the category’s new tyre this season.
“I feel that this is going to be one of the most competitive Supercars seasons on record,” he said.
“The new tyre regulations are going to test the teams. We could see a bunch of new winners in the opening rounds as everyone gets their head around the different compound.
“Nissan Motorsport is as prepared as we can be and I can’t wait to cut some laps on the new tyres at Sydney Motorsport Park.”
Nissan Australia boss Richard Emery has high expectations heading into the season opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide – an event where Caruso scored more points than anyone in 2016.
“We head into the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship fully prepared and with our strongest bank of knowledge and driver skill to-date,” said Emery.
“The #23 Nisan Nismo Altima Supercar looks impressive in its new livery and we are looking for the same strong speed and results we achieved at last year’s opening round at the annual Clipsal 500.
“It’s also great to have Simona De Silvestro in the team this year.
“She brings a wealth of skill from various racing classes and I’m confident combining her extensive experience with that of Michael Caruso and Rick and Todd Kelly will make our team one of the strongest on the grid this year.”