February 21, 2024

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Nissan Sentra has a single-marque race series in Canada

Canada has several charming features: lawful weed, the metric system, a performing authorities. It also has its curiosities: Tim Horton’s, curling, and (due to the fact 2015) a race series that exclusively takes advantage of the subcompact Nissan Micra. But with the Micra possessing departed Nissan’s Canadian lineup after 2019, it was time for a new race motor vehicle. Enter the Nissan Sentra, star of the freshly renamed Nissan Sentra Cup.

Although the recent Nissan Sentra is vastly improved compared to its predecessor, just one wouldn’t contact it sporty. Unlike Sentras past, you can find no NISMO or SE-R model. But the exact could be stated of the Micra, and Nissan failed to wait to develop a race series all over that motor vehicle. In addition, the Sentra Cup race autos are modified compared to the road version.

Substantially of the interior is stripped out — so prolonged, quilted leather — and in its spot, a one racing seat with a six-stage harness, a swift-launch racing steering wheel, a fire-suppression system and a complete roll cage are equipped.

The powertrain, nevertheless, is inventory. Or should we say, Canadian-inventory. The 149-horsepower two.-liter motor is retained, introducing just a cold-air intake and a new ECM. But whilst U.S. Sentras are offered exclusively with a CVT, the Canadian Sentra S is readily available with a six-velocity guide transmission, and which is the gearbox employed in the Sentra Cup autos. Chassis updates contain an adjustable coil-more than suspension, four-piston front calipers with larger sized rotors, the Sentra SV/SR rear calipers and rotors, significant-efficiency brake pads, a tailor made exhaust system, lightweight eighteen x 9-inch wheels, urethane strengthened motor and transmission mounts, and a pit velocity limiter.

The price tag of the Sentra Cup motor vehicle is $39,990 Canadian, or about $31,three hundred U.S. bucks.

The Nissan Sentra Cup race series will be comprised of six big functions from May via September 2021. According to the official web-site, the race functions will consist of a thirty-minute trial, a thirty-minute qualifying session, and two forty-minute races. For a time, the series will continue to use Micra race autos as properly, despite the fact that the two types will compete independently. Nissan describes the series as “a proving ground for burgeoning racing expertise,” despite the fact that it truly is not just for youthful drivers — you can find also a seniors category. So, Sentras for all ages, eh?