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SEMA 2019 Leftovers - Time Attack TT 370Z #MTSEMA19

Z1 Motorsports and NISMO boosted Z34 project racer headed for Super Lap Battle circuit debut

Bob Hernandez
Nov 20, 2019

Additional photos by Z1 Motorsports

The Nissan booth at SEMA was at the back of the Las Vegas Convention Center's South Hall, and about as far out of mind as anything not an A90 Supra at the show. But that didn't prevent the automaker from tapping Z1 Motorsports to pull out all the stops on a time-attack 370Z build, which broke cover at the show. Among its many strengths, the Z34 is kitted out in the latest NISMO race equipment, an effort to illustrate the strength and durability of Nissan's in-house tuning parts.

In fact, there are NISMO bits employed in every area of the Z, it seems, by design we imagine since Nissan has really been trying to push its motorsports arm's parts catalog. In a custom V-mount setup, the Z1 team are using a modified "dual-pass" NISMO radiator, and in the drivetrain the shop is using a GT Pro 1.5-way differential in a severe duty housing, a final drive rear floor cover, differential cover, differential cooler, and solid differential bushings. The Z34's front knuckles and hubs have been swapped to NISMO R35 GT-R versions, and you'll also find NISMO front upper control arms, tie rod ends, rear camber arms, traction rods, toe rods, a differential bushing, subframe bushings, and anti-sway bar under the car. The OMP HRC-R Carbon Air FIA race seat is draped in a NISMO 6-point competition race harness, and outside the car the modified 2020 body work, facia duct kit, titanium lug nuts, and M14 extended wheel studs are all NISMO.

2010 Nissan GTA TT Project 370Z OMP Seat Photo 27/27   |   SEMA 2019 Leftovers - Time Attack TT 370Z #MTSEMA19

Z1 says the 2010 chassis used to belong to Z racer and IMSA team owner Tim Bell, who initially was prepping it as a backup car. It was never completed, though, and after sitting for years, Z1 picked it up, had Old Spool Performance fab up a cage for it, and began transforming it into a proper race car. The fully-built, now-twin turbo 3.5L V6 VQ35HR under hood is from the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, used for its unique cylinder head and all hydraulic cam phase control (and both of which are now modified), and the 370Z also ditched its factory gearbox for an HGT sequential trans. The parts list is kind of staggering considering this is not even an Unlimited Class entry (Z1 has stipulated this is a "Limited Class" car). For a thorough unpacking of the project, check out the entry on Z1's blog.

Interestingly, in that raft of parts are a bunch of 3D-printed pieces, including the center console control panel and center vent panels, shaved dash inserts (gauge plugs), steering angle sensor adapter, tire infrared camera mounts, brake ducts, door pull mounts, and many others. Z1 also claims they've prototyped printed engine mount brackets, power steering relocation, a transmission mount, shifter mount, and numerous metal bracket templates.

2010 Nissan GTA TT Project 370Z Z1 Front splitter Photo 27/27   |   SEMA 2019 Leftovers - Time Attack TT 370Z #MTSEMA19

Limited RWD better look out—Z1 Motorsports mean business with this twin-turbo Z34. And we won't have to wait long to see it perform—the team and car are headed to the 2019 Super Lap Battle x Global Time Attack Finals this weekend, November 15 and 16, at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California.

By Bob Hernandez
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SEMA 2019 Leftovers - Time Attack TT 370Z #MTSEMA19
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Owner: Z1 Motorsports
Location: Carrollton, GA
Engine: Z1 mounts and mount brackets; BC Sportsman connecting rods; Diamond Racing custom pistons; Z1 ported high-compression cylinder head; Jim Wolf Technology C9 intake cam, custom RZ1 exhaust cam, valve springs; Z1 hydraulic phasing for both cams, ported upper and lower intake manifold, custom twin-turbo kit; HKS intercoolers, SQV racing blow-off valves, EVC VI boost controller; Garrett 3076R turbos; Tial GT30 turbine housings, MV-S wategates; Z1 downpipes, race exhaust, custom EFI and body harness, calibration and CAN system programming, fuel return system; CJM twin fuel pumps in custom half tanks with Aeromotive 340LPH pumps; Injector Dynamics 1700x injectors; CJ Motorsports rails; NISMO radiator, differential cooler; Z1 oil cooler, transmission cooler; UPREV tuning software w/ advanced race controls; ECUMaster power management unit, advanced display unit, data logger, GPS, temperature, pressure, infrared tire sensors
Drivetrain: Tilton 5.5 OT-III carbon racing clutch and flywheel; HGT Precision 6-speed sequential gearbox; NISMO GT Pro 1.5-way differential in severe duty housing, final drive rear floor cover, differential cover, differential cooler, solid differential bushings; Z1 driveshaft
Footwork & Chassis: Z1 stripped, acid dipped uni-body, and trimmed and shaved structure; Old Spool Performance 6-point tig-welded chromoly cage; NISMO R35 GT-R front knuckle conversion, R35 GT-R hubs, front upper control arms, tie rod ends, rear camber arms, traction rods, toe rods, differential bushing, subframe bushings, anti-sway bar; Z1 aluminum rear sub-frame conversion; BC Racing NA Z1-spec ZR coil-overs
Brakes: R35 GT-R 390mm front rotor, 380mm rear rotor conversion; Carbotech pads; Bosch Motorsport M5 Clubsport ABS; Tilton pedal assembly, 79 series brake master cylinders, remote bias adjuster; Z1 stainless lines; NISMO fascia duct kit
Wheels & Tires: Rays Volk ZE40 Diamond Dark Gunmetal 18x11-in. wheels; ADVAN A052 315/30R18 tires; NISMO titanium lug nuts, M14 extended wheel studs
Exterior: Modified 2020 370Z NISMO body work; Z1 carbon race-spec front splitter, side splitters, diffuser; APR GT-1000 dual element rear wing, GT3 mirror
Interior: NISMO 6-point competition race harness; OMP HRC-R Carbon Air FIA race seat, 320 Carbon S steering wheel; Work Bell hub adapter; Safecraft dual quick-release mechanism, head net; Z1 shaved and flocked dashboard, custom dashboard control panel insert; ECUMaster CAN keyboard

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