Rebelle Rally Ready: Check Out Nissan’s Hardbody-Inspired Frontier NISMO Racing Truck!

The Rebelle Rally will kick off next week

Nissan started with the brand new Frontier, and built an off-road racer to echo this old-school Hardbody. (Images: Nissan)

The new Nissan Frontier NISMO racing truck will participate in the 2021 Rebelle Rally.

The truck is piloted by team Wild Grace with co-captains Lyn Woodward and Sedona Blinson.

Heading into its fifth year, the all-women navigation and endurance event has caught the attention of some heavy hitters. The 2021 Rebelle Rally will be the longest off-road endurance rally in the United States. The competition lasts eight days and covers more than 1,500 miles of the Californian, Arizonian and Nevada deserts. Starting October 7th, 2021 – the starting line will be at the Hoover Dam in Nevada. The event ends October 16th, 2021 at California’s Imperial Dunes.

More on the new Frontier racing truck

While this rig was specially prepared for the Rebelle Rally, the truck is showcases many NISMO Off-Road parts you can buy for the Frontier and have installed through your Nissan dealer. Currently, some of these parts are not available, but Nissan says that will change in the near future. The NISMO Off-road suspension kit gives a slight lift with beefier components. It also allows for the addition of BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires and NISMO Off-road AXIS wheels.

Several other accessories are available, like NISMO Off-road exhaust system and 4-inch off-road lights. This is still a fairly stock pickup truck, but that’s not a bad thing. The racer is based on a crew cab version of the 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X. It comes standard with a 310 horsepower 3.8-liter V6 that makes 281 lb-ft of torque. It’s hooked up to a similar nine-speed automatic transmission that’s used in the Titan.

This truck has proper low-range gearing and driver-actuated locking rear differential.

Nissan Racing and Team Wild Grace’s Nissan Frontier racing truck sports a livery inspired by Nissan Hardbody racing trucks from the 1980s. That’s about all they have in common, but it’s extremely cool seeing these old liveries, like the one used by Mitsubishi, making a comeback in this rally.

Check out more on a built-out Nismo Frontier from this year’s Overland Expo below:

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