The SCCA Majors Tour began back in January, but the Mid-States took longer to thaw out. Our schedule began in April and ran through five states before finishing the last weekend in August. It took countless hours of work, four sets of tires (both rain and dry) and a lot of passion to earn this Majors title. I started the year just hoping to make it back to being competitive and ended it by earning the class championship. Can't imagine any 350Z enthusiast not being challenged, or satisfied, by this 2018 battle.
Swaybars are the biggest macro tool at your disposal for tuning handling. SCCA rules allow us to use bigger, adjustable bars and you can really tune a lot of the understeer out. I've done the same with my '03 pre-order track model, except that I don't need or want to have to tune the handling characteristics as much. I credit the NISMO S-tune swaybars, Koni 8241 SA shocks and Eibach prokit springs for tuning the Z back towards a more neutral state.Just discovered this thread and read it start to finish (I need to get a life )
Thanks so much for the detailed reports. I've found it quite interesting reading the thoughts of someone that is actually racing a 350.
I've got a 2003 Track model, and have been to a number of track days now and also done some tarmac rally stuff.
How are you overcoming the understeer that the Z33 is renowned for?
I've got MCA race Prime coilovers (lowered by about 10-15mm) and Nankang AR1 semis on Enkei RPF1s (18x9.5+15). This has helped immensely, but I reckon it could be improved even more.
SCCA rules allow us to use a maximum of 32 mm front and 25 mm rear swaybars. There's a maximum of six settings for each.Fantastic.
Yeah sway bars will definitely be my next purchase.
I'm in Australia so we don't have SCCA out here.
Just looking at super sprints, the odd production sports car race and tarmac rally at this stage
Looking back at SCCA records reveals the last time I entered a SCCA Majors race was in the 2015 season. Competing against the perennial T1 Champ in his Corvette Z06, I was several seconds down EVERY lap as I was out-braked, out-cornered and out-accelerated at almost every turn at Pueblo Motorsports Park. I recall catching a break in the second race when I noticed the black 'Vette slowing and coming back towards me as I pushed the pace. A wheel bearing had begun to degrade and the Vette tried to limp into the finish. Yes, I won on a hot summer day almost four years ago to score the only Nissan win in Touring 1 that I'm aware of in SCCA history.