Nissan Canada launches new racing series for 2021.
Replacing the Micra Cup series will be the Nissan Sentra Cup.
Both cars will share the track next year in two different classes.
Launched at the 2015 Montreal Auto Show the Nissan Micra Cup was offering, up until this year, the lowest running cost of any Canadian series and featured the small Micra, the most affordable car for sale on the Canadian market. Unfortunately, with the death of the Micra in Canada, the series was about to get the same fate.
Nissan didn’t want to let go of this little gem of a racing series so starting next year, in 2021, the Micra Cup will pass the torch to the all-new Sentra Cup.
“Nissan has rich pedigree in small, fun-to-drive cars dating back to the 1930s. What better way to demonstrate a vehicle’s capability than to push these cars – in stock form – to their limits on the race track?,” says Steve Milette, president of Nissan Canada Inc.
Built by Motorsports In Action, located on the outskirts of Montreal in St. Eustache, the Cup car will be based on the 2021 Nissan Sentra “S” base model and features the stock 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission. With 149 horsepower on tap, the Sentra’s engine pushes 20% more horsepower and 17% more lb-ft of torque compared to the Micra it replaces.
“The Nissan Micra reminded Canada and the world about Nissan’s commitment to durability. As our product portfolio evolves, so too should our motorsport series. The new Nissan Sentra is wider and lower than the previous generation and has the athletic stance to devour the most difficult race tracks in Canada – it was the natural next step to evolve one of Canada’s most exciting grassroots racing series.”
The new Nissan Sentra Cup will get the same racing treatment as the Micra Cup with modifications like a bespoke adjustable coil over racing suspension, Nissan performance 4 pot front calipers with 355mm x 32mm rotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, MoTeC M1 Series ECM, an adjustable front anti-roll bar and racing steering wheel with quick-release steering hub.
Available in the first months of 2021, the all-new Nissan Sentra Cup cars will be available at $39,990 CAD. Nissan has yet to release the race schedule for next year, which should come early next year.
Another new thing, that will certainly add exhilaration to some already exciting races, is the fact that the Micra Cup race cars will be mixed with the new Sentra Cup cars next year. Indeed, to do a gradual phase-out of the former, Nissan will make both cars drive at the same time in two separate classes.
“There’s a certain thrill in watching motorsport. The great thing about watching one-make racing in particular is the gratification of seeing your everyday vehicle driving full tilt in a crowded pack on the track,” says Adam Paterson, Director of Marketing.
He added: “The Sentra being one of our most historic nameplates, was redefined with its eighth generation launch, and we’re set to redefine it again through the Nissan Sentra Cup. Let the races begin!”