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No Turbos. No Boost. No Problem--296 whp at 0 psi

David Luong
Apr 7, 2006
Photographer: Henry Z. DeKuyper

vIf you're a loyal reader of Turbo, and we're sure that you are, you'll notice we splatter our pages with some of the baddest, most boost-friendly monsters cruising the streets and the track. Most of the cars we feature pump out numbers anywhere from 350 whp to 650+ whp with the majority being force fed using some of the finest air that Mother Earth has to offer. But we are big fans of all-motor as well. Regardless of how you get there, power and speed go hand in hand. No boost. No problem.

JDM tuner Auto Produce Boss is a full service tuning shop based out of Nagano, Japan, and is known for its pack of heavily modified demo cars. This Nissan Fairlady Z (350Z in the U.S.) was assembled in time for the annual Nissan orgy known as the Nismo Festival and was built with the intent to be the ultimate naturally-aspirated Z. Even without a turbocharger and intricate plumbing this Fairlady is sure to inspire Z owners the world over.

The recipe for tire destruction began with an S1-spec engine lifted out of the Japanese market-only, limited-edition S-Tune GT model. Modified by Nismo and released to commemorate the Z's then-new participation in the 2003 GT500 championship, the S-Tune GT featured a modified VQ35 engine with a host of N/A mods delivering 263.3 wheel horsepower. Working with such a solid platform as a starting point AP Boss went a few steps further with the S1 engine, taking the 3.5L engine to 296.8 whp.

For the rest of the story, along with technical specifications, photos, and more, pick up the June 2006 issue of Turbo & High Tech Performance, on news stands now!

By David Luong
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