Nissan, your confidence is showing! The automaker fielded a last-generation Frontier pickup loaded with NISMO off-road upgrade parts and accessories with Team Wild Grace in the 2020 Rebelle Rally, an all-female off-road race through the desert and took fourth place. This is a competition loaded with prepped off-roaders and skilled pilots, so that was a pretty good showing. Nissan is sticking to its Rebelle-ious playbook this year and once again sending Team Wild Grace into the desert in a Frontier—only this time it’s the new-for-2022 Frontier, and it’s wearing one of the automaker’s most iconic racing liveries.
The red, white, and blue color scheme you see here (it’s a body wrap) originally graced the Nissan Hardbody racing pickups of the 1980s, as well as the rad Hardbody Desert Runner special-edition truck. We gotta say the livery looks incredible on the new Frontier, whose blocky styling lends itself to the angular design originally designed to suit the similarly blocky Hardbody.
Nissan has upgraded the Frontier, which began life as a Frontier Pro-4X variant, the most hardcore off-road version you can buy, with a NISMO off-road suspension kit with a 2-inch lift, NISMO-branded Axis wheels, 4-inch off-road lights on the hood, a NISMO exhaust, and what appear to be gnarlier tires than you get on the regular Pro-4X.
The truck will be driven by Lyn Woodward and Sedona Blinson over more than 1,500 miles of desert across Nevada, Arizona, and California. This is the longest off-road race in America, and it kicks off October 7 at the Hoover Dam and wraps up October 16 in California, at the Imperial Sand Dunes, when we’ll see whether Nissan’s competitive streak in the rally continues. Nissan says it is the only manufacturer to compete in every Rebelle Rally since the race’s inception in 2016.
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