Nissan has built a special one-off 370Z with a 400-horsepower Infiniti engine, and it’s gotten us pretty excited for a new generation of the sports car, even if it is just a toy built for SEMA.

There are too many details to list here, but we’ll run down some of the most important.

Nissan Motorsports calls it the Project Clubsport 23, and to build it all they had to do was slap the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 from an Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 into their soon-to-be-last-generation sports car, and bam! You’ve got a winner.

Since it’s built for SEMA, and the name of the game there is modification, Nissan hasn’t left the rest of the powertrain stock, either.

Possibly to tease us for the next generation, this 370Z has been fitted with a NISMO six-speed manual transmission, and it took quite a bit of work to get it to fit onto an engine that was never offered in a manual in the first place.

The clutch disc, cover, and flywheel are all bespoke to the Clubsport, and it sends the power to the rear only via a two-way rear differential complete with fluid cooler.

Contrary to most SEMA builds this one is very tastefully done, the stance is perfect thanks to 18-inch aluminum RAYS wheels, stuck to the ground by Hankook RS4 tires in 285/35r18. It rides on coilovers and Eibach springs, and features a NISMO body brace to increase the stiffness along with a full interior roll cage.

The interior has also been customized to throw back to the original 240Z of the ’70s, with quilted stitching, Sparco seats and a racing steering wheel to finish off the race-inspired theme.

To make it lighter, carbon fibre has of course been peppered everywhere, with the largest weight-saving pieces being the front and rear bumpers, hood, front splitter, rear air dam, and door mirrors.

Finally, Nissan has said that it might actually offer the Clubsport 23 as a factory-available kit to turn your car into “the ultimate track Z car,” and that its own model would be used as a testbed for OEM and aftermarket performance parts.

Source: Driving

October 30, 2018