HEAT TREAT­MENTS ARE GO

NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

Af­ter a decade in the build, the highly an­tic­i­pated Heat Treat­ments Nis­san 350Z fi­nally hit the track for round three of the Meremere Drag­way Comp Meet se­ries. The team’s R32 Sky­line held the world record as the fastest four-wheel-drive, but liked to squirm and fight down the track, and the new chas­sis looks like a dream to drive.

It’s a Jerry Bickel–built Pro Mod item wrapped in a com­pos­ite body and fea­tur­ing plenty of car­bon fi­bre in­side.

As the Keith McGre­gor-built VQ35-based twin­turbo mo­tor was tuned by leg­endary tuner ‘Shane T’ [Shane Teck­len­burg], there was never any doubt that the car meant busi­ness. What peo­ple didn’t ex­pect, though, was that it would run a 7.42-sec­ond time on its very first pass. The trap speed of 155.15mph (249.68kph) in­di­cated that Reece was al­ready off the gas well be­fore the fin­ish line.

He men­tioned that the car is very dif­fer­ent to drive com­pared to the Sky­line, so it will take a bit of get­ting used to. Luck­ily for lo­cal fans, it will stay on New Zealand soil for the time be­ing, while the Sky­line — which is un­der­go­ing a re­build — will be sent back to Aus­tralia to com­pete there as soon as the work is com­pleted. Look out for a full fea­ture — and more im­pres­sive times from the 350Z — over the com­ing months.

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