Nissan: From highway to track: how to build a NASA Spec Z racecar

Posted on 04. May, 2018 by in Nissan Canada

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Back in a day, a 2003-2008 Nissan 350Z was a super renouned sports automobile – a two-seat back motorist with a parsimonious chassis, unflappable doing and adequate VQ energy to unequivocally rouse your pulse. But now that you’ve changed on to a newer daily driver, what should we do with a reliable aged 350Z in a garage?

Why not spin it into an affordable racecar and attend in a NASA (National Auto Sport Association) Spec Z series? About 50 NASA 350Z Spec Zs have been built so far, and many recently, a racing has been quite healthy in a Utah/Rocky Mountain segment where there have been tighten to 20 cars per race.

Created in 2012, NASA 350Z Spec Z is a firmly tranquil spec category with many of a authorized tools accessible from Nissan’s Motorsports department. Nissan Motorsports also offers a inexhaustible strait package for lectern finishers.    

Basic rules:

• 2003-2008 Nissan 350Z eligible
• 3100-3325 bruise smallest weights depending on engine choice
• Exhaust might be mutated and catalytic converters might be removed
• Factory ECU contingency be defended though reflashes allowed
• Nissan Motorsports flywheel and LSD might be used
• Suspension contingency be Nissan Motorsports Spec 350Z kit
• Any 18×10 in. edge with 18.5 lb smallest weight
• Spec tires are Toyo RR 275/35-18 for dry and 275/35-18 RA1 for wet
• Any OEM extraneous physique components (including NISMO) are permitted
• OEM Brembo calipers and rotors from a “Track” sub-model are permitted

Of note, any 2003-2008 Nissan 350Z Z built to NASA Spec Z manners is authorised in a SCCA T3 class. The usually difference: The SCCA does not need Toyo tires.

Even if you’re not propitious adequate to have one of these comparison 350Zs in your garage, they’re abundant on a used-car market, assisting make NASA Spec Z one of a many affordable ways to get started in highway racing.

Recently, PowerNation Garage, a same organisation that built a off-road Nissan NV Project X load van, has tackled this project, holding a batch 2003 Nissan 350Z and transforming it into a NASA Spec Z racecar. At 7 stages along a way, PowerNation has done videos documenting a build, assisting to give us a good design of what a plan entails and how most fun can be had on a lane with a 15-year-old Nissan 350Z.

Now, suffer a seven-part build, true from a NissanUSA YouTube channel:

Getting started – baseline and teardown of a batch Nissan 350Z


Racetrack-ready suspension—upgrading a batch shocks, struts and springs


Putting a energy down—replacing a batch differential with a race-proven limited-slip diff


Keeping cold on track—upgrading a radiator, brakes, wheels and tires


Interior remodeling—reassembling a dash, adding competition seats and reserve gear


Looking like a racecar—adding an aero package and jacket a Z for good looks!


Back to a track—the impulse of truth


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Steve Yaeger

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