The Nissan Altima Photo credit: Nissan Motor Company

The Nissan Altima Photo credit: Nissan Motor Company

Nissan has launched its new Altima model which will form the basis of its entry into the V8 Supercars Championship with Kelly Racing in 2013.

The all-new Altima was revealed in New York earlier this week and Kelly Racing team co-owner, Rick Kelly, was there to represent the team which will be re-branded Nissan Motorsport from next year.

“It's hugely exciting to be here in New York for the unveiling of the new Nissan Altima,” said Kelly.

“Confirming Altima as the model we will race from 2013 is the next step for us as we gear up for next season.

“The Altima looks fantastic in the flesh. Now we can't wait to get our first Nissan Altima V8 Supercar on-track for testing later this year because it's going to look sensational as a race car.”

The team will run four Altima sedans for the manufacturer, forming Nissan’s first entry in Australian touring car racing since the Skyline won back-to-back Bathurst races in 1991 and 1992.