“The Nissan Micra Cup offers competitors the one-of-a-kind opportunity to push the limits and hit speeds they never thought they could behind the wheel of Canada’s most attainable vehicle,” Christian Meunier, Nissan Canada’s president, said in a press release. “Nissan’s heritage is intrinsically connected to motorsports and date back to the 1930s. Therefore, we are proud to return to our roots in such a unique way, and in Canada!”
Teaming up with JD Motorsport, the Nissan Canada is launching a new racing series called the Nissan Micra Cup in 2015. As the name suggests, the series will feature the recently launched Nissan Micra hatchback and promises the lowest running costs of any racing series across the country. Nissan is stepping in to support the series with Canada’s cheapest car, the $9,998 Nissan Micra.
Micra hatchbacks slated for competition start out as the base Micra S model. Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
the race-spec Micra’s feature the stock 109hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) mated to a stock 5-speed manual transmission. Compared to the road car, the Nissan Micra Cup features modifications including a Nismo S-Tune suspension kit, FIA-approved racing seat, 5-point harness, fire extinguisher, modified exhaust, high-performance brake pads, safety cage, driver protection net, front and rear towing hooks, and stylized “Fastwheels” wheels with Pirelli low profile high performance tires. The Nissan Micra Cup will be available by special order to JD Motorsports for the final price of 19,998 Canadian dollars (US$17,807), including the installation of all aforementioned parts, but excluding taxes.
The one-of-a-kind racing series is said to offer the lowest running cost of any Canadian series, Drivers will be able to race on some of the most well-known race tracks in Québec and find an accurate measure of their talent, as each competing Nissan Micra race vehicle will have the exact same specifications. The series will feature more than 25 Nissan Micra’s that will enjoy two hours of track time each race weekend consisting of a 30-minute trial, 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.
The series is sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Motorsport Organization with the support of Nissan Canada. Following the inaugural season, Nissan hopes to expand the series to other provinces in 2016.