NISSAN’S updated global racing colours have made for a very different yet familiar look on Michael Caruso’s factory-backed Altima for the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Primarily white with a red snout and black tail, the No. 23’s design takes cues from the livery philosophy that will apply across Nissan’s factory-backed efforts in motorsport around the world this year.
“I love the new look of my car,” Caruso said.
“It’s clean and classic and reminds me of some of the late-80s liveries that were on the Skylines.”
Caruso’s is the third main game Altima livery to be revealed ahead of the 2017 season.
Simona de Silvestro’s Harvey Norman-backed No. 78 was unveiled at Supercars’ season launch in Adelaide a fortnight ago, while Jack Le Brocq’s No. 28 GoGetta car — to feature as a wildcard entry run by Matt White Motorsport — was revealed last Monday.
Nissan Motorsport’s final two liveries for brothers Rick Kelly and Todd Kelly on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
All four of the team’s cars will hit the track with their new looks at Supercars’ tyre test day at Sydney Motorsport Park on Tuesday.
Caruso enters the new season off the back of one of his best in the category. 2016 saw him take his first race win in several seasons in Darwin — and his first for Nissan — on his way to 10th place in the championship standings.
Adapting quickly to the new generation of Dunlop race tyres will be the key to keeping that momentum in 2017.
“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.”