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Do Luck Z33 350Z

Do Luck 350Z still goes hard.

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The Panamera Z

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Continued from the other day…

After many years of me simply being being tired of “show cars” the Panamera Z was the first car in a long time that made me deeply enjoy a purely show car again. The execution of this car was brilliant from the very first sight on Thursday. They took the Fairy Design Panamera aero kit (which is a beautiful kit that debuted a year ago at TAS) and they basically turned a 350Z into a widebody Porsche Panamera.

All of the details are there…down to the exhaust tips, the wing detailing, the upper front bumper Porsche ducting (like that found on the GT3), etc. On top of blending the Porsche and Z styling, it features an aggressive widebody with unique details like the widebody front fenders continuing the upper lines into the doors. The front fenders remind me of the Amuse Superleggera 380RS.

The interior saw a lot of attention and is pretty wild too. I really like these seats in white.

I saw the odometer and this car has seen it’s fair share of use (83k if I recall). It is commendable that such a dedicated investment of time and money was spent refreshing this 350Z into something truly unique. Sure it’s no Tsukuba circuit champion, but as far as looks go this car makes a hell of a first impression and will forever be one of a kind. I’m still not much of a show car kind of guy but this car is an exception to a lot of rules. It shouldn’t be able to pull it all off, but it does. Brilliantly.

Side Note – I would have loved to see this car with different wheels and not so slammed. Perhaps some ADV1s.

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Top Secret 350Z with Nismo S2 Motor For Sale

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This is the best $30,000 someone will ever spend.
$30,000 gets you a full Top Secret aero kitted 350Z with a Nismo S2 Motor and balanced NA tune. Not to mention one of the cleanest looking Z’s ever built. That motor is 10k alone.
* Note – The car is for sale in Japan only.

Sorry, these are the best pictures I have.

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Functional Aero – Amuse Z33 350Z Race Cooling System

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Amuse Z33 350Z Front Ducting

This is a topic I’ve wanted to discuss for years now. Roughly four years ago Amuse updated their Z33 350Z CSL demo car with an upgraded front aerodynamic ducting kit. Externally it did not change the look of their front bumper much, but when I first saw the system they were releasing I was blown away by it. I’d like to show you what I’m talking about here…

In the top picture you can see some pretty crazy ducts extending off of the front end. Those ducts run flush with the front of the bumper and create a direct and aggressively fed path of airflow. The ducts are split up into different functions and are designed for both oil cooler and radiator ducting.

Amuse Z33 350Z Front DuctingAmuse Z33 350Z Front Ducting

I find this to be a really cool mod (pun intended)! This is the type of hardcore circuit tuning that the Japanese manage to not only engineer well but also integrate really well. To the untrained eye it might not be much noticed on the Amuse bumper, but when you look closely you not only notice but you immediately must take the car seriously with a cooling system that well designed for racing use. I’ve seen tuners like Top Secret doing one-off systems like this for many years but I believe that Amuse might be the only shop that ever made production molds to deliver an official solution to this caliber of quality.

If I owned a 350Z I’d surely do this. Honestly though, it’s been at the top of my dream list as a modification that I’d LOVE to do with my Amuse GT1 front end of my S2000. Maybe it’s just me…but aerodynamic wise this is one of the most impressive mods I’ve seen out of Japan in the recent few years.

Amuse Z33 350Z Front Ducting

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Customer Car: Lowell’s 350Z x R35 GT-R Brakes

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Lowell 350Z R35 GT-R Brakes Bulletproof

My friend and client Lowell sent me updated pictures of his 350Z. We supplied him with a full set of R35 GT-R brakes which he’s managed to get working nicely on his 350Z. That’s a pretty serious set of brakes for a Z!

I have one more set of R35 GT-R brakes in stock (calipers, rotors, pads and lines front and rear) for anyone crazy enough to attempt this besides Lowell. I have a complete set of R34 GT-R brakes available as well.

Lowell is looking for suspension sponsors for his car so if anyone’s interested let me know and I’ll put you two in touch.

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Customer Car – Steve’s 350Z

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Steve's 350Z Cherry Blossom Carbon Hood

I can’t lie, I really feel that we have the most awesome customers…I see pictures like this from our client Steve and I just feel joy for having had the chance to participate in this project.

This is one of the most beautiful uses of Japanese culture/air brushing I’ve seen. It doesn’t hurt one bit that it’s done on an Ings+1 carbon fiber type 2 hood!

I commend Steve for his taste and execution on this, unfortunately all too often people try and fail at similar tasks. Steve kept it classy and perfected what he set out to do with this hood/fender air brush job.

Steve's 350Z Cherry Blossom Carbon HoodSteve's 350Z Cherry Blossom Carbon Hood

Check out that nice execution of how it drips over onto the fender. This is a beautiful thing.

Steve's 350Z Cherry Blossom Carbon Hood

Steve’s car like most of ours is still a continual work in progress. I think he’s doing great.

PS – Respect goes to Corey Meints of South Dakota who did the airbrushing job on this.

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The Fontana Nissan 350Z by Alex Butti

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Time attack might not have started in Japan, but Tsukuba Circuit certainly helped the sport to grow tremendously. On the other side of the pond, here in the US, many folks have taken notes. In this post I would like to focus on the “unlimited” class; more specifically about the Nissan Fontana 350Z. Last year Nissan Fontana showed up with an immaculate Z chassis and very competitive car built originally for GRAND-AM usage. I think this car needs a spotlight !

Fontana Nissan 350Z

You won’t find crazy aero on this Z. A simple front splitter, a proven rear wing are pretty much the only aero visible added to the car. What you will find though, are tons of details.

Fontana Nissan 350Z

In the picture above the first thing that catches people’ attention is the unique intake manifold. The VQ35DE is known to have problem with lack of air supply in the cylinder 1 and 2. Companies like Fontana Nissan started to do some R&D using CFD (Computation Fluid Dynamics) analysis results; and a bigger plenum was fabricated allowing more air into the first two cylinders.
Another detail seen in the picture is the radiator breather tank. When the coolant raises in temperature due to the high workload of the engine, air-bubble start to appear in the cooling system decreasing output performance. The breather tank helps to avoid this issue and keep the cooling system free from bubbles.

Fontana Nissan 350Z
Behind the shock towers you’ll notice the fire extinguisher nozzles. The nozzles are attached to light-weight aluminium brackets to keep the weigh of the car down to a minimum. Also notice the 4 way JRZ remote resevoir as well as the DR-25 Raychem tubing that isolates the heat of the engine from the wiring harnesses.

For those of you that are interested: this Z sports a fully built Cosworth long block using its stroker kit that bumps the displacement to a healthier 3.8 liter. The Fontana Nissan Z puts down roughly 420-430 hp to the rear wheels. Not shabby considering a stock VQ35DE dynos at about 230-240 hp at the wheel.

Fontana Nissan 350Z
Like I said earlier, details. The X-Trac sequential transmission can cost around $45.000-that’s not a typo. Clearly this shows how bad the Nissan Fontana Team wants to win. Of course the transmission’s gears can be swapped depending on the road course and the setup of the car. Take also a look at the dry carbon fiber dash. (all the exterior body panels are made of the same material as well).

Underneath the switch panel you see a red Tilton knob. This knob is a manual brake bias that allows the driver to adjust the amount of brake force applied on the front vs. the rear. A must for any serious race car.

On the right side of the stick shift there are two small levers. A red one and a black one. They are responsible to adjust the front and rear sway bars respectively; again, a must.

A mandatory MoTec M800 ECU controls the engine’s vitals and makes sure everything runs properly.

Fontana Nissan 350Z
Look how clean the Woodward steering column clamp with the MoTec data aquisition SDL monitor. I am sorry for the lack of words, but I don’t have much to say in regard. Just top of the line components here. The three white cups on the right are the Tilton remote brake-fluid resevoirs.

Fontana Nissan 350Z

You might ask why, the Tilton brake pedals are mounted on a rail?
The reason being, the bucket seat is bolted onto the chassis, and can not be moved forward or backward. Nissan Fontana wanted to keep the weight distribution of the Z at 50/50. The driver is the second heaviest “thing” in a car after the engine. Moving the driver’s seat forward would upset the weigh distribution. So what Nissan Fontana did was to mount the pedals onto a carbon fiber platform that can be moved forward or backward if necessary. That way different drivers can drive the car; clever.

Anyway, I have a little bit more to share about this car. I will do another entry in the near future, as well as more coverage about time attack.

Thanks for reading.

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