Nissan is going all out at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA Show in Las Vegas with five offerings, including this development 370Z dubbed the Project Clubsport 23.
The track-focused 370Z featuring a raft of development parts with the ultimate goal of creating a vehicle that owners could duplicate themselves using Nissan Motorsports or aftermarket parts. As it’s a development platform, work on the car is still ongoing.
Based on the 370Z NISMO, Nissan has replaced the original 253kW 3.7-litre VQ37VHR engine with a factory fresh 3.0-litre VR30DDTT twin-turbo V6 rated at 295kW.
However, Nissan Motorsports have kept the Z’s 6-speed manual gearbox which was quite a challenge as the new engine has never been coupled to a manual transmission before.
Along with the new engine, extensive enhancements have also been made to the suspension, steering, braking and cooling system. This include an AMS Performance Cold Air Intake kit, Z1 Motorsports blow-off valves, upgraded braking system, KW Variant 3 coil-over shock kit and Eibach rear springs.
Exterior modifications are extensive and include an APR honeycomb carbon fibre splitter, a modified rear bumper for improved air flow and cooling and Selbon TS-style carbon fibre bonnet with Aerocatch bonnet pins.
The car also features a Gloss Burnt Orange body wrap, NISMO carbon fibre mirror caps and pillar garnishes, along with NISMO-branded RAYS cast aluminium-alloy 18×10.5-inch wheels and Hankook RS4 285/35R18 high performance tyres.
Inside, there is a full roll cage, an engine bay fire suppression system, Sparco QRT-R competition seats, Sparco 6-point competition harnesses and Sparco R383 steering wheel with a Bell Works Rapfix hub. The seats feature diamond-pattern upholstery offering a contemporary throwback to the diamond pattern vinyl used in the original 240Z.