IMPERIAL SAND DUNES, Calif. – Driving a 2020 Frontier geared up with an all-new line of Nissan NISMO off-road components, Nissan’s Group Wild Grace completed fourth out of 30 automobiles on the 2020 Rebelle Rally, and first amongst 9 pickup vehicles. The end marks Wild Grace’s highest end in its five-year historical past on the occasion.
Navigator Sedona Blinson and driver Lyn Woodward, competing within the longest off-road competitors within the nation, have been the primary ever to check Nissan’s storied NISMO Efficiency model’s new off-road components. Elements included a high-performance suspension package, an off-road bumper, off-road lighting and off-road wheels – every of that are scheduled to be out there to the general public later this fall.
“What an superior option to introduce this new line of Nissan NISMO off-road components to the world,” stated Michael Soutter, vice chairman, Nissan Aftersales U.S. “An enormous congratulations and thanks goes to Sedona and Lyn, who made us all proud and proved to the off-roading neighborhood that Nissan and NISMO belong among the many elite.”
The eight-day all-women’s rally started at dawn and sometimes lasted previous sundown. Per the Rally’s guidelines, groups used solely maps, a compass and a highway guide to weave by means of practically 1,000 miles of Nevada and California’s most rugged and distant areas, incomes factors by discovering hidden checkpoints alongside the best way.
Finally, success is set not by pace however by navigational accuracy, driving prowess and time administration – and Group Wild Grace excelled at every, ending with a complete of 1329 factors and 81% accuracy.
They did all of it with the assistance of their third teammate, “Scarlett” the 2020 Frontier.
“I actually felt just like the Frontier was the right truck for this occasion,” stated Blinson, a preschool trainer and mom of two, who has competed in all 5 Rebelle Rallies. “The NISMO suspension was butter – it was the right addition to this truck.”
Woodward, an automotive journalist at Kelley Blue E book, added that the Frontier’s true midsize truck really feel and the addition of the brand new NISMO off-road components have been essential to the staff’s success. The addition of RECARO Cross Sportster ORV seats additionally made a big influence over the course of the Rally.
“Having a shorter wheelbase and a truck that was so nimble, mixed with the brand new NISMO suspension, was simply very good,” stated Woodward. “We had a lot enjoyable driving that factor – it felt so dependable and I by no means at one level felt like I wanted to carry again for something.”
Group Wild Grace’s confidence was evident all through, and none extra so than on Day 6, after they have been confronted with a difficult climb up the famed Oldsmobile Hill in California’s Glamis Dunes. As opponents both averted the hill or completed the climb on foot, Woodward tackled it head on, in the end making Scarlett the Frontier the one automobile to make it to the highest.
“We had practiced for that hill and actually needed to present it a shot,” stated Woodward, noting she misplaced her voice from pleasure on the climb up. “That was an enormous spotlight of the Rally.”
It was such a spotlight, in truth, that on Saturday afternoon, simply hours after crossing the end line, Woodward and Blinson drove again to Oldsmobile Hill to benefit from the thrill of the climb as soon as extra. They have been profitable but once more, a becoming celebration for a top-5 end on the Rebelle Rally.
NISMO off-road components might be out there for the 2005-2020 mannequin yr Frontier, 2016-2021 mannequin yr TITAN and 2005-2015 mannequin yr Xterra later this fall, and also will be provided on the forthcoming, next-generation Frontier. Merchandise might be out there by means of Nissan sellers, choose NISMO retailers or by way of NISMOparts.nissanusa.com.
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About The Rebelle Rally
The Rebelle Rally, coming into its fifth yr, is the primary girls’s off-road navigational rally raid in the USA. The occasion has a novel problem and scoring system the place exact navigation, not pace, is the last word purpose. Individuals commerce in cell telephones and GPS for old-school navigation in a contest for the weather of time, distance, headings, and hidden checkpoints. Armed with simply maps, compasses, and roadbooks, groups of two might be pushed to their limits as they make their means throughout 2,000+ kilometers of Nevada and California’s iconic terrain. Beginning October eight in Lake Tahoe and ending October 17 alongside the famed Glamis Dunes, the competitors is the longest aggressive off-road rally within the nation. For extra info together with dwell present and monitoring, go to www.rebellerally.com.
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