Nissan had this on show at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Nissan March Nismo Concept. It’s Nissan’s supermini tweaked by racing arm Nismo, and it comes after the similarly themed Juke Nismo Concept from Tokyo 2011. Click here for a full live gallery of that car.

The March gets a body kit which includes a front bumper fascia, side skirts, roof spoiler and rear bumper fascia with diffuser. The exterior, painted in Nismo’s pearl white with trademark stripes, also gets a new grille and side mirrors. The cabin is updated with Nismo designed seats and steering wheel. The March’s suspension is also lowered and it rolls on bigger alloys.

These concepts aren’t just for fun. Last year, Nissan announced a major expansion programme for Nismo that will see the racing arm applying tuning and performance expertise to Nissan road cars.

“The time is now right to let ordinary drivers experience what our racing drivers enjoy every time they head out onto the track. We aim to bring Nismo’s passion and focus on driving excitement to mainstream models,” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s President and CEO.

Makes sense, milking the formidable Nismo name to sell more cars. We have already seen Edaran Tan Chong use Impul for the Malaysian market, but Nismo is the more powerful brand.