In the mid-2000s, a series called La Coupe Echo appeared on Quebec’s motor sport scene. It was a good idea to offer an affordable way to race, using an inexpensive platform (Toyota Echo) and fair competition (all cars had the same modifications). This series lasted a few years and allowed several drivers to make their debut in motor sport.
Nissan Canada, JD Motorsports and sponsors such as Fast Wheels and Pirelli will embark on a similar journey starting in 2015. With the all-new 2014 Nissan Micra, the manufacturer and its partners will host a championship that will feature several races in Quebec. If all goes well, we can imagine that the series will visit other Canadian circuits in the following years.
The car will be offered by JD Motorsports for a cost close to $ 20,000, which is very affordable for a “race-ready” car. The small 1.6-liter engine developing 109 hp will not be modified, but each car, prepared by Motorsport in Action of St-Eustache, will be modified as follows:
Nismo S-Tune suspension
FIA-approved racing seat
5-point safety harness
exhaust High-performance brake pads
Driver safety net
Front and rear tow hooks
Fastwheels rims Styled with high-performance Pirelli low-profile tires
According to the organizers, the Nissan Micra Cup will offer participants the lowest annual cost of participation in any series of car races in Canada.