Nissan has announced its one-make racing series called the Micra Cup in Canada, which will begin in May 2015. There will be five races that will run in race tracks around Quebec. The event will constitute 25 participants driving their Micras, fighting for the top spot in this affordable motor racing.
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.
These Micras are prepared by JD Motorsports and run on a modified 1.6-litre engine. The cars gets NISMO suspension, a sports exhaust system, high-performance brakes and five-spoke alloy wheels with Pirelli high-performance tyres. Inside the stripped out cabin, a FIA-approved racing seat, a roll cage and a fire extinguisher look dominant. These cars will cost cost $19,998 CAD (Rs 10.8 lakh).
In a statement, Nissan Canada President Christian Meunier said, “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." He added, "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.”
Nissan should introduce this racing championship in India as well. Its competitors Volkswagen and Toyota have already created their motorsport entities in India. Nissan can only benefit from this promotional activity in India and more importantly change the image of the Micra hatchback as a car for the fairer sex.