The 2019 Nissan Altima is a sedan unlike any that the automaker has presented before, as it’s the first sedan in North America to offer All-Wheel Drive. To celebrate the occasion, they built the “Altima-te AWD,” a one-off project vehicle based on the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima AWD that has been fitted with a heavy-duty track system. “The Altima-te AWD joins the other, one-off, track-equipped crossover vehicles like the Rogue Warrior and sends a clear message to the market – this Altima has the ability to conquer the harshest weather environments with the added confidence provided by standard Nissan Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which adapts to road conditions in the blink of an eye,” said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Nissan’s Altima-te AWD was modified by Quebec-based Motorsports in Action (MIA), using the DOMINATOR track system from American Track Truck. The tracks measure 48-inches long, 30-inches tall and 15-inches wide, which means it required more extreme body and chassis modifications compared to its predecessor, the Rogue Warrior project vehicle. Both front and rear fenders were flared out by 7-inches on each side to accommodate the tracks, expanding the total body width by 14-inches.
To make the fenders work, MIA custom fabricated a wide body kit, and built the fender part using high-density foam and epoxy resin typically used in nautical structures. The extreme fender flares allow a reduction in snow projections, which could impair the driver’s visibility. This process alone took over 150 hours of work, with the total project coming in at 250 hours to complete.
In order to make the Altimate-AWD fully functional, they had to increase the ride height, so MIA designed and built the necessary components to raise the car by 3-inches. The front and rear load-bearing chassis were dropped by 1.18-inches and the suspension components were raised by 1.96-inches to accomplish this. The suspension geometry was also fixed to offset the deviation caused by the ride height change, and also restore the proper kinematics.