The Project Clubsport 23 is a track-ready(er) Nissan 370Z Nismo
The Nissan 350Z came out in 2003, following a long line of Z coupes and roadsters, but that very modern interpretation landed with a big splash. It was upgraded, in engine power and name, to the 370Z in 2009 with a 3.7-liter V6 making 332 hp. The exterior got a modern upgrade too, which was good because the 350 needed it.
Now we’re about 10 years on again, and the Z car is feeling a little aged, not so much in looks but in power. And since it’s SEMA time, power is on tap for all.
This special edition was built by Project Clubsport 23, “who borrowed generously from many of the most respected suppliers of performance parts.” The goal, according to Nissan, was to build a car that owners could duplicate themselves using aftermarket or Nissan performance parts.
The result is a project that started with a 350-hp 370Z Nismo edition (featuring the company’s VQ37VHR engine) and ended up using the 400-hp twin-turbo powertrain from Infiniti’s Red Sport cars. And 400 is a nice round number, especially for a car that weighs about 3,300 pounds.
That mill is attached to a six-speed manual though with a new MA Motorsports clutch disc, cover and flywheel assembly. A Nismo limited-slip diff distributes power, but MA Motorsports provided the diff cooler.
Other upgrades include an AMS Performance cold air intake, heat exchanger, power-steering cooler, MA Motorsports dual exhaust and Z1 Motorsports coolant hoses. The brakes are soon-to-be released track pads from Nismo and Z1 provided the discs and stainless-steel brake lines.
The suspension modifications include a Nismo three-piece body brace set, KW Variant 3 coilover shock kit and Eibach rear springs. The new Rays wheels will also be offered through Nissan dealerships soon.
Inside, the 370Z has Sparco race seats, six-point harnesses and steering wheel. It also has a fire-suppression system and a roll cage.
The body gets a custom gloss burnt-orange wrap from Speedesign Custom Graphics, an ARP front splitter, MA Motorsports air dam, a new hood and custom JDM taillights.
Check out more customs at our SEMA coverage page here.