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Bad Azz

6 Oct

You’ve probably guessed by now that we’re Z guys.  Everyone at the shop has a Z in one form of another.  Kwame and I both have 350Z’s.  Bill and Mike both have ’77 and ’78 280Z’s, and I’ve also got my Turbo 280ZX.   One of these days if the stars align we’ll get all the cars out for a proper photo shoot.  For now though, feast your eyes on this – it doesn’t get any hotter  Sure there are some cool modern sports cars out there, but you can’t deny classic sex appeal- it’s a MILF!



Me want!

The Epitome of Godzilla

6 Oct

Lately, all the talk has been about the R35 GTR.   Sure, it’s an amazing car, and offers performance on par with more expensive European models, but it seems to lack that sex appeal that the R34 had.  When I think back on what the GTR evolved into, one letter comes to mind – Z.  As in the R34 Z Tune.  This was Nissan’s ultra exclusive, limited run of R34 models, and it was developed to a state of tune never before seen from a manufacturer.

Nissan began development work on the Z Tune back in the late 90’s, to showcase all they had learned with the R32-R34 models.  Just 20 examples were produced, to signify NISMO’s 20 Year Anniversary.  By the time the Z Tune was given the green light, Nissan had already officially stopped producing the R34 model.  So NISMO sought our and purchased the cleanest examples of the R34 they could find.  Each car was hand assembled by NISMO technicians at the Omori factory.

The spec sheet is simply amazing – enough to make any true enthusiast salivate.  Dry carbon was used for most of the bodywork with significant emphasis on increasing downforce.  The engine was built use many spec parts made specifically for the Z Tune.  The chassis received numerous upgrades, from seam welded sections, as well as the bonded use of dry carbon to existing sheet metal.  The suspension was co-developed with Sachs, and is independantly adjustable for height, compression and rebound.  Special compound bushings were used throughout.  The brakes were developed with Brembo and feature monoblock calipers (6 piston front with 2 piece, 365mm rotors, 4 piston rear with single piece 355mm rotors) .  Buyers could select from 2 different tires, one for street, one for track use.  These were each mounted on specially forged Rays/Nismo LMGT4 wheels measuring 18×9.5 with a +5 offset.  The drivetrain consisted of Nissan’s well tuned Attessa system, which was driven via a dry carbon driveshaft.  This same production technique eventually found its way into the 350Z.   On the inside, the use of leather and Alcantera provide a grippy yet comfortable home for the lucky driver. 

The soul of the machine was of course the engine, and NISMO left no stone unturned.  The endurance-derived N1 block was used, chock full of NISMO’s best parts.  A stroker crank (77.7mm), forged pistons, specially forged SNCM439 rods, revised intake manifold, upgraded IHI ball bearing turbos, titanium exhaust.  Everything was fully balanced and blueprinted, the head massaged for velocity and flow.  NISMO topped it all off with a larger capacity intercooler, radiator, and twin oil coolers.

There are quite a number of video’s on youtube featuring the Z Tune, but this one is especially concise and easy to understand