Nissan has been doing this weird thing in recent years where it takes the wheels off of a car and replaces them with snow tracks. The latest Nissan product to get the treatment is the new Nissan Altima.
Unveiled yesterday at the Montreal Auto Show, the Nissan ALTIMA-te AWD is what would happen if Sid from Toy Story was a project manager at Nissan.
Essentially a new 2019 Nissan Altima with all-wheel drive, the ALTIMA-te AWD uses a set of DOMINATOR tracks supplied by American Track Trucks. It’s the same set of tracks Nissan installed on the Rogue Warrior unveiled at the 2016 Montreal Auto Show.
Instead of summarizing what Nissan did with the ALTIMA-te AWD, we figured we’d just give you the press release. It does a better job than we ever could.
Nissan ALTIMA-te AWD Modifications
Like the Rogue Warrior which debuted at the 2016 Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS), the Altima-te AWD was modified entirely by Quebec-based Motorsports in Action (MIA), using the DOMINATOR® track system from American Track Truck.
The tracks measure 1,220 millimetres/48 inches long, 750 millimetres/30 inches tall and 380 millimetres/15 inches wide. The Altima-te AWD required more extreme body and chassis modifications compared to the changes that were made on the Rogue Warrior project vehicle. The most prominent exterior modification to Altima’s exterior is seen in the front and rear fenders that were flared out by 180 millimetres/7 inches on each side, to accommodate the DOMINATOR, track system, expanding the total body width by 360 millimetres/14 inches. This results in a noticeably assertive stance, while maintaining Altima’s sedan design essence and flowing lines.
To modify the fenders, the MIA team applied a complex process involving the design and fabrication of a bespoke wide body kit, and building the fender part using high-density foam and epoxy resin typically used in nautical structures. This process alone amounted to over 150 hours of work. The total project took 250 hours to complete. The extreme fender flares allow a reduction in snow projections, which could impede the driver’s visibility.
In order to make the Altimate-AWD fully functional, the vehicle’s ride height required an increase. MIA designed and built the necessary components to raise the car by 80 millimetres/3 inches. To achieve this, the front and rear load-bearing chassis were dropped by 30 millimetres/1.18 inches and the suspension components were raised by 50 millimetres/1.96 inches. The suspension geometry was corrected to offset the deviation caused by the ride height change, and restore the proper kinematics.
Is there anything else to say? Not really. Nissan created a monster and it looks really cool. We’re thinking the next Nissan model to get snow tracks should be the GT-R. That’s our humble opinion, at least.