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This Z was built to compete in the SCCA Touring racing classes, and has the distinction of winning in three different Touring categories: T2 (2008-2012), T3 (2013-2015) and T1 (2015). Most of the mods are concentrated in the suspension, with Koni DA shocks, Eibach springs and fully adjustable swaybars. Enkei wheels and BFGoodrich R1-S tires provide the stick, while Cobalt Friction XR2 pads provide stopping power.



For 2015, we had success in winning the Rocky Mountain Division Championship in both Touring 1 and Touring 3. Traveling to Road Atlanta, the Z has won back-to-back Touring 3 titles the past two years in the American Road Race of Champions (ARRC).



There's still plenty of SERIOUS fun to be had with the Z33!
 

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Congrats!
Thanks for keeping the faith driving the Z.

Makes me want to get my 70' Lotus(Europa)back on the track.
 

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Thanks- but I clearly have to figure out how to make my pics visible on this site! Any hints?


Don't see many Lotus Europas on the track any longer, but the Exige is a formidable competitor in door-to-door racing!
 

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My Lotus would prolly race in a vintage class I'm guessing.
However,its not stock. Took out the stock R16 motor that maybe was
less than 100 hp. Put in a tuned Coventry Climax twin cam with Webers.
Pushes around 170hp in a car that weighs less than 1,400 lbs.
I have no idea on any how-to's on the pics.
 

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^^Unfortunately not. Started this thread to show a 350Z that is still being actively campaigned in races around the country. The C&D Z was only sporadically campaigned almost a decade ago and was ultimately stripped and sold for parts. The second picture shows the NISMO 350Z that won the JGTC title back in '07 and now resides in the Zama collection in Japan. The yellow Axis Z has not been seen for some time and has not appeared in any NASA events for some time. The point is: there are still some cool 350Zs being raced in 2015-16 and beyond, but those three are not among them.:crying:
 

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After figuring out the raw IMG codes were what was needed, I reposted all the pics in this thread. Here's one more artistic shot:


 

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Never did hear back from a moderator on how to post pics, but figured it out from MartinZ's post. MartinZ also posted the picture of a fourth "racing" Z; the copper/black one that he edited into his last post in this thread. Unfortunately, that's also not a current race car, but rather a drifter. While the 350Z remains a popular drift vehicle, it's quite different than a race car.
 

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Those photos were only to show cool 350Z's color schemes (sorry it was a bit off topic) - without worrying if they are current race cars - I'm impressed with your knowledge of them all.

Are you going to post some details about the race preparation of your 350Z race car?
That would be very interesting to read...what weight are you running?

No problems with the stock front calipers?
Some people say that 2 or 3 o'clock position can cause pad knock off

(I'm slowly preparing my 350Z for production racing)
 

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The specs and construction of my SCCA 350Z vary a bit. It may be the only touring spec car that has raced (and won) three different classes:

Touring 1: Mustang FR500 Boss 302S, Chevy Corvette C7, Dodge Viper, Ferrari F360/430, Porsche 911. The 350Z is allowed to weigh a minimum of 2,400#, but will never make that weight. Fully stripped, with no ballast, but driver onboard, the car weighs from 3,130 to 3,150#.

Touring 2: Corvette C6 Z06, (standard) Mustang Boss 302, Mitsu Evo VIII, Subaru STi. The 350Z was classed here from 2005-2011 at 3,180#, but was moved to T3 in 2012.

Touring 3: Chevy Cobalt SS, Mustang V6, Camaro V6, BMW M3 (both E36 and E46), Honda S2000, Acura TL-S, Currently, any HR-equipped Z must weigh 3,450# to compete in T3.

As for brakes, the OEM Brembo monoblock brakes are paired with Cobalt Friction's XR2 pads and titanium backing plates. Touring rules allow brake ducts to be routed from the bumper and the use of Nissan Motorsports CF ducts. Also using Motul Super 600 brake fluid and SS lines. No allowance in SCCA rules for changing the positioning of the calipers to prevent pad knock-off.

Which production class are your prepping your Z for? I'm not aware of any production-class racing rules that allow the Z33?
 

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I agree it's hard to get the weight down on the 350Z

I'm in Australia and have several options
We have a Modern Sports Car series where the 350Z and 370Z are on the eligibility list in the top class.
Then there is Production Sports Car racing which has a wide variety of cars.
 

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I agree it's hard to get the weight down on the 350Z

I'm in Australia and have several options
We have a Modern Sports Car series where the 350Z and 370Z are on the eligibility list in the top class.
Then there is Production Sports Car racing which has a wide variety of cars.
Are there several race sanctioning bodies in Oz? Which one do you race with? Is there an easy way to sum up the difference between the "modern sportscar series" rules and ones about "production" racing?
 

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There are two bodies, AASA and CAMS, AASA is entry level and CAMS is the much more developed body that run all out national events
Production racing uses a tight definition of "sports car", can only be 2 door, there are Porsche and Lamborghini's in the top performance class
Modern Sports cars has 2 and four door cars, they have a eligibility list and cars not older than ~1990 and cost less than $150k - they run classes based on power to weight
 

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MartinZ- could you post some pics of current 350Zs racing on your side of the pond? Whether it's a AASA or CAMS sanctioned racer, I'd be interested in seeing what they look like. Maybe post a few pics of your Z build as well.
 

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Sorry - had to travel for business - back home now

This is Stephen Noble's latest paintwork



You can see older images here: Angryman Photography | Sports GT | Sports GT 59 Stephen Noble Nissan 350Z - Super Series Rnd 3 - Baskerville - 24-05-2015-5

Here are two of his in car videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TabXGw4TtLw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNF12qQosaU

Then there is Rob Whyte, 2012/2013/2014 Australian Drift Champion
He runs a 380RS engine on E85 with a supercharger ~500hp at the wheels
This is an old video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B4y9u9RJSo


Another drift car
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt8b8Qdt9_M

MCA have a 370Z drift car with a VK56DE (massive job to put this one together
HIGHLIGHT ? JOSH COOTE?S 370Z V8 | STREET COVER
 
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