It's going to star in the upcoming all-female 2021 Rebelle Rally.
Nissan has enjoyed a long and successful career in motorsport, and just like many other manufacturers, it loves to celebrate anniversaries and past successes with cool-looking tribute cars. Nissan has been heavily involved in rally racing for over half a century, and has competed in oddballs such as 240Z rally-spec coupes, to Hardbody trucks and everything in between. The Japanese manufacturer's latest rally racer comes in the form of a Nissan Frontier inspired by its Hardbody ancestors from the 1980s. Nissan will compete with the new machine in the upcoming all-female 2021 Rebelle Rally from October 7-16 and is the only manufacturer to have competed in the race since its inception in 2016.
One look at the new Frontier rally truck and you'll know that it's a Nissan. The red-white-and-blue color scheme has been worn by many proud Nissan racing cars over the years, and Nissan Design America in San Diego has done an excellent job updating the livery for 2021. The 2022 Frontier PRO-4X partaking in the race is a one-off machine that features a wide range of NISMO parts, including a high-performance off-road exhaust system, off-road axis wheels, four-inch lights, and an off-road suspension kit. Powering this retro racing tribute is a 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated V6 engine producing 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque which is good for a 0-60-mph time of seven and a half seconds.
"Nissan has been a staple of off-road endurance racing since the 1960s, and the Hardbody racers of the '80s remain some of the most successful and recognizable trucks ever," said Michael Soutter, vice president of Nissan Aftersales. The Hardbody famously got its name for its use of a double-wall bed.
Team Wild Grace will be piloting this special Frontier and feels confident in the truck and its capabilities: "The 2021 field is the largest in Rebelle history with some very formidable teams. We are one of them - and we are in to win." said Lyn Woodward, co-captain of the team.
The 2021 Rebelle Rally is the longest off-road rally in the US and takes place over eight grueling days and 1,800 miles in the deserts of Nevada, Arizona, and California. The event starts at the Hoover Dam on 7 October and ends off at the Imperial Sand Dunes in California on October 16.