Should you acknowledge the identify Chris Forsberg it is most likely from behind the wheel of a sideways Nissan. The motive force has received System Drift 3 times and at present drives a 1300-horsepower 2023 Nissan Z within the sequence. This weekend, Forsberg shall be sending up roostertails of mud, not tire smoke, as he takes off in a Nissan Frontier on the Baja peninsula.
Nissan and Forsberg will enter a largely inventory Frontier pickup into the NORRA 500. Because the identify implies, the two-day off-road race covers 500 miles, crossing Mexico east to west to east, from Ensenada, Baja California to San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez, and again to Ensenada.
The Frontier will compete within the inventory automobile class, however guidelines permit for elective equipment to be added. As such, a slew of Nismo-branded off-road gear has been bolted onto the truck, together with a Nismo high-performance suspension and raise equipment, auxiliary lights and rock sliders. Bead-lock 17-inch wheels are additionally from the Nismo catalog, and are wrapped within the very wonderful Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 tires (I’ve a set on my FJ60 Land Cruiser).
After the race Nissan plans to park it as-is within the West Corridor of the Las Vegas Conference Middle for SEMA week, alongside Forsberg’s aforementioned Z, a V8-powered Frontier, and a bonkers 2,000-horsepower Altima dubbed the “Altimaniac.”
Again within the Eighties Nissan vans have been a standard sight in off-road races just like the Baja 1000. Competitors started with the Nissan 720, which was succeeded by Nissan Hardbody. The latter took house prime trophies within the Baja 1000, Mint 400 and Gold Coast 300. It is no surprise Nissan revived the Hardbody as a throwback Frontier trim earlier this 12 months.