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Nissan Sentra Cup: A Tremendous Formula 1 Showcase

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The modified Nissan Sentra, on the track
Photo: D.Rufiange
The modified Nissan Sentra, on the track

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.

Valérie Limoges, in the modified Nissan Sentra
Photo: D.Rufiange
Valérie Limoges, in the modified Nissan Sentra

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.

The modified Nissan Sentra, engine
Photo: D.Rufiange
The modified Nissan Sentra, engine
The modified Nissan Sentra, tire
Photo: D.Rufiange
The modified Nissan Sentra, tire
The modified Nissan Sentra, interior
Photo: D.Rufiange
The modified Nissan Sentra, interior
La Nissan Sentra modifiée, gear shifter
Photo: D.Rufiange
La Nissan Sentra modifiée, gear shifter
The modified Nissan Sentra, pédales
Photo: D.Rufiange
The modified Nissan Sentra, pédales
The modified Nissan Sentra, seats
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The modified Nissan Sentra, seats
The modified Nissan Sentra, badging
Photo: D.Rufiange
The modified Nissan Sentra, badging