Nissan and JD Motorsport Organization launched the 2015 Nissan Micra Cup in Quebec – a racing series offering the lowest running cost of any Canadian series and featuring the 2015 Nissan Micra.
Sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Motorsport Organization with the support of Nissan Canada, the Nissan Micra Cup exclusively features the stock Micra 1.6 S M/T model with minor modifications, including NISMO suspension - to render it race-ready.
The Nissan Micra Cup's inaugural season will take place in Canada's motorsport fan hub, the province of Québec, over the course of five weekends starting in May 2015.
The Nissan Micra Cup will offers drivers the opportunity to race on some of the most well-known race tracks in Quebec, with the potential to expand to other provinces in 2016 and beyond.
“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, the Nissan Micra,” says Nissan president Christian Meunier.
“Nissan's heritage is intrinsically connected to motorsports and dates back to the 1930's. Therefore, we are proud to return to our roots in such a unique way, and in Canada. Through this collaboration with JD Motorsport Organization we have developed a highly accessible and extremely fun series for the Canadian motorsport enthusiast who has a dream to compete.”
Unlike most motorsport events, each competing Micra race vehicle will have the exact same specifications, resulting in a competition aimed at revealing the most skilled drivers.
The cars will remain equipped with the Micra's stock 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC and stock 5-speed manual transmission.
More than 25 Micras will compete on each race weekend which will include two hours of track time consisting of: a 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.
The racing version will be a legitimate race vehicle, complete with the following modifications to deliver the upmost in performance, reliability and safety:
NISMO S-Tune Suspension Kit
FIA-approved racing seat
High-performance brake pads
Driver protection net
Front and rear towing hooks
Stylized Fastwheels wheels with Pirelli low profile high performance tires
Each Micra competing will be prepared by the Motorsports in Action (MIA) team in St-Eustache.
The race-ready version of the Nissan Micra will be available by special order to JD Motorsports for $19,998, excluding taxes. That price includes the installation of all the required safety features, new wheels and tires, NISMO S-Tune suspension and modified exhaust.