On the track
Those changes help ensure that the experience at the wheel is quite unlike what the regular Sentra delivers on the road. Some elements are unchanged - the feel of the gearbox, as well as the power of the engine, save a few extra horses – that keep you on familiar ground. The big differences involve how the steering behaves and how the car sticks to the road. Or track, in this case.
Frankly, it only takes a few laps to start feeling comfortable with the Sentra race car; it's reassuring to drive. Of course that feeling was reinforced during our test drive by the presence, in the front passenger seat, of Valérie Limoges, one of the series' regular drivers.
What we can confirm is that a spin on the track in this modified car is a real incentive to follow the Sentra Cup Series racing with a closer eye, starting with those that will serve as an opening act to gin up the Formula 1 spectators on site this weekend. For race spectators, it’s always interesting to see cars on the track that are playing on equal terms, which is anything but the case in Formula 1.
Note that the Nissan Sentra Cup races are streamed live on the series' Facebook page. It's worth a look.