Motor (Australia)

HOW WE’D Build it

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01. OPEN WIDE

More boost and power will require extra cooling. Z Nismo will gain a redesigned front bar that accommodat­es a larger intercoole­r, while allowing more air to flow into the engine bay and onto the beefier front brakes.

02. RAYS OF SUNSHINE

Forged wheels from RAYS measure in at 20-inches in diameter, with 10.0-inch diameter at the front and 10.5-inch at the rear. Single piece design helps offset the increase in unsprung mass introduced by the increased diameter brake discs and larger calipers.

03. TRACK DAY IS BEST DAY

What’s the point of a more focused performanc­e variant of an already capable sports car if you don’t let owners enjoy it on track with the reassuranc­e that everything will be covered by warranty? Being developed by Nissan’s motorsport arm, consistent track use will be well within the Z Nismo’s remit, and covered accordingl­y.

04. HOMOLOGATE THIS

The Nissan Z family has strong racing heritage, and we hope the new addition is no different. With the GT-R filling GT500 and GT3 racing duties, it leaves the door open for a Z GT4. Changes to the Nismo such as chassis lightening and wider bodywork will flow into the racer. Once the factory race team is establishe­d, customer cars could be offered to those with deep enough pockets.

05. BOOST TO THE FUTURE

Garrett’s e-turbo will place a small electric motor in between the compressor and turbine inside the turbocharg­er. When off-throttle, the 48-volt system will keep the system spinning, acting like anti-lag, while spooling quicker under accelerati­on.

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