NISMO NEWS - FEBRUARY 6, 2018
- The Nissan 370Zki - no business like snow business!
- Micra Cup's amazing autistic racer Austin Riley
- Asian Le Mans Series crowns champions in Malaysia
NISSAN 370ZKI BRINGS NEW MEANING TO 'WINTER SPORTS'
Chicago, IL, USA – Nissan is getting into the winter sports spirit this month with a one-off 370Z Roadster "snowmobile," for the Chicago Auto Show.
Dubbed the "370Zki" – pronounced "370-Ski" – the 332-horsepower 370Z Roadster is ready to tackle ski slopes and backwoods trails alike with its front skis and rear snow tracks.
"The Nissan 370Zki continues our recent tradition of bringing imaginative winter vehicle concepts to the Chicago Auto Show. said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.
"With the Nissan Z's long heritage of motorsports competition, the 370Zki seemed like a natural combination,
"Prior to its debut here in Chicago, we put the 370Zki through its paces on the slopes in Wyoming where its performance heritage really came through."
Transforming the factory stock 370Z Roadster to the snow track-carving 370Zki presented a few obstacles. Just making room for the rear DOMINATOR® Tracks from American Track Truck, Inc. necessitated the removal of the entire drivetrain, lifting the 370Zki by three inches, rerouting brake lines, and modifying the wheel wells.
"It's also fun to shake things up with something totally unexpected once in a while – and that's the Nissan 370Zki," Bunce said.
The Nissan 370Zki will be on public display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 10-19 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Also on display will be a custom Nissan Armada Snow Patrol SUV.
Take a look at the Nissan 370Zki in action in the snow. Click to watch the video.
CANADIAN MICRA CUP RACER RILEY RACING WITH AUTISM
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada – When the fourth annual Nissan Micra Cup championship gets underway in May, a long list of drivers will be vying for victory. However, for Austin Riley – the spirited 18-year-old from Uxbridge, Ontario – he's already won.
At the age of 12, Riley was diagnosed on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, but he's loved cars and racing his entire life.
Returning this season for his second consecutive Nissan Micra Cup series, Riley is the event's first, and only, autistic driver. While Riley didn't take home gold on the track in 2017, he inspired many with his story and skill behind the wheel.
"Our family is thrilled to see Austin live out his dream of being a racecar driver, and we're thankful for the support he's received from the other drivers, fans and event organizers," said Jason Riley, Austin's father and founder of Racing With Autism.
"The Nissan Micra Cup was the perfect avenue for Austin to advance from karting to racecars, and we can't wait to see him continue to build on the momentum he started in the 2017 season."
Austin possesses his unique ability to anticipate collisions before they occur and his acute focus on the track have set him up for success; but what he's gained off the track is just as valuable, attributing a growth in confidence to his Nissan Micra Cup racing experience.
"Stories like Austin's give us great joy," said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc.
"The Nissan Micra Cup was made exactly for the purpose of allowing people to live their dreams of racing, and the fact that the community has come together in this way for Austin is indicative of the great people involved in this series."
To learn more about Austin, visit: www.racingwithautism.com.
See the remarkable story of Micra Cup racer Austn Riley. Click to see the video.
JACKIE CHAN DC RACING X JOTA SCORE SEPANG WIN AND CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia – It was a mistake-free run in Malaysia that earned the Nissan-powered No. 8 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA team their third win in four Asian Le Mans series races and clinched the LMP2 class championship for the team.
Stephane Richelmi, Harrison Newey and Thomas Laurent took the lead in the final hour of the four-hour race at Sepang International Circuit, giving the Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA team their perfect season between the No. 8 and No. 7 entries.
"Winning is never easy, but for sure I am happy about the job we have made and everyone has done a flawless job, Richelmi said.
"A big congratulations to my two teammates, we all could see in WEC what Thomas could do but for Harrison, he came from Formula 3 and had a lot of things to manage, and he made no mistakes, especially in Buriram.
"Both of them managed the gearbox issues there like they have a lot of experience and I was very impressed. And the team of course again did a great, great job."
Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA also took victory in the LMP3 class, with the No. 6 of Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Gabriel Aubry coming out ahead in the race and the title.
Every prototype entered in both the LMP2 and LMP3 classes in the Asian Le Mans Series is powered by Nissan – the VK45DE 4.5 litre V8 in LMP2 and the VK50 5.0 litre V8 in LMP3.
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