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2003 Nissan 350Z - Bossy - Quickie

Show Is Not Dead!

Sean Klingelhoefer
Mar 21, 2011
Photographer: Brian Filoteo

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The practice of building a real all-around show car has become a bit of a lost art in the last few years. I'm not talking about trailer-queens, wannabe racer replicas or bizarre-bodykit monstrosities; I'm talking about good old-fashioned, daily-drivable street machines with lots of go to match the detail-oriented show. HighEnd Performance is one crew that has all but forgotten the ways of the show car and Angelo Llao's carbon-fiberized 350Z is a stunning example of how to take home first place.

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Beneath the shiny metallic graphics lies a sea of carbon-fiber including hood, trunk, wing, doors, roof, lips, canards, mirrors and more. Not only does the carbon lower the weight of the vehicle, but it adds a menacing look to the car, especially the 10mm widebody fenders front and rear. To complete any exterior, the perfect set of wheels are a prerequisite and Angelo has chosen the tried and true rolling stock upgrade: Volk Racing. Measuring 19X9.5" front and 19X10.5" out back this set of multi-piece GT-S have been taken over the top with a custom chrome black finish.

Under the hood lies more carbon-fiber keeping the engine bay nice and tidy. To make sure the car can get out of its own way the VQ has been upgraded with parts like NISMO camshafts, a Speed Force Racing intake manifold and Strup headers have been added. Tuning is taken care of by Aerodyne Industries with help via an A'PEXi Super AFC Neo - rest assured this Z runs right! Other JDM rarities in the bay include Sun Auto's Hyper Voltage and Hyper Force kits, allowing the Nissan to fire with full force.

A very nice compromise between race ergonomics and show-quality entertainment can be found inside the cabin. One pair of Bride Ergos II seats are responsible for keeping the driver in place whether driving or just listening to some jams from the Memphis Audio array. In the trunk three 12" subwoofers are kept company by a 15" monitor where Angelo and a friend can play Gran Turismo 5 on the PS3. You don't see many trunks packed like this these days but it's nice to see some people are still going the extra mile to keep the show scene alive.

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2003 Nissan 350Z
Angelo Llao
Hometown San Diego, CA
Occupation Boss at HighEnd Performance SD

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Engine Speed Force Racing intake manifold; Strup Performance headers; NGK iridium spark plugs; NISMO 262 camshafts, carbon-fiber engine cover; RC Engineering 650cc injectors; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; SunAuto Hyper Voltage kit, Hyper Force system; Unorthodox pulleys, A'PEXi N1 exhaust; ARC oil/radiator caps; Mishimoto aluminum radiator, carbon-fiber intake duct, oil cooler, radiator shroud; TEIN hood dampers, Aerodyne Industries custom heat shields; carbon-fiber battery and brake covers

Drivetrain NISMO short shifter; Cusco Super Single clutch and flywheel, 1.5-way LSD Type-MZ 3.5; Mishimoto diff cooler

Engine Management Aerodyne Industries Street Spec tune; A'PEXi Super AFC Neo; BLITZ throttle controller

Footwork & Chassis Cusco ZERO 2E coilovers, Econ strut controller, 6-point rollcage, front strut bar

Brakes Akebono comp Japan custom HighEnd Performance 14" big brake kit

Wheels & Tires 19X9.5" +17/ 19X10.5" +24 Volk GT-S wheels in custom Chrome Black; Project Kics wheel spacers, Neo Chro lug nuts

Exterior Seibon carbon-fiber GT hood, carbon-fiber roof, carbon-fiber trunk, carbon-fiber 10mm wide fenders front/rear, carbon-fiber doors, carbon-fiber rear lip; Asuka carbon-fiber rear diffuser, carbon-fiber a-pillars; Voltex carbon-fiber 3D-GT wing; TCS carbon-fiber GT mirrors; Varis carbon-fiber canards front/rear; NISMO limited-edition Version 3 front bumper, carbon-fiber Version 2 front canards; HighEnd Performance alumite under panel duffuser; S&A design vinyl graphics

Interior Bride Ergos II seats, seat rails; Takata 4-point long harnesses; NISMO shift knob; Worksbell Rapfix quick-release; Nardi steering wheel; custom carbon-fiber vinyl wrap, custom ignited switches for audio/lighting/fan

Ice Memphis Car Audio M-Class 15-M3112D4 12" subwoofers (3), 15-MCC6 components (2), 16-MC1.1100 amplifier, 16-MC1.500 amplifier, 16-6IX signal processor, 17-1FCAPM capacitor, 17-10G power kit; Kenwood DNX5120 source unit; 15" HDTV monitor; 7" LCD monitor; 80GB Sony PS3; custom-made enclosures and racks

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