posted on November 22, 2009 19:58
Robispec’s Street Class Time Attack Nissan 370Z, Simple is Better?
By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert
Robispec is a Southern California tuning shop whose specialty is a rather unusual one. Instead of the typical shop in search of speed via the quest for more and more power, Robispec’s game is increasing lateral G’s, of the cornering kind. The proprietor of Robispec is Robert Fuller or Robi, one of our favorite people. Robi is always willing to lend a hand or give advice to whatever project we have asked him, either formally as in our Project EVO IX or by helping us swing wrenches at the track. Robi is on our short list of people we call for help if we have a problem that needs solving.
About six weeks ago we got a call from Robi telling us he would have something special, a Nissan 370Z he was building for the SEMA show and the annual Source Interlink Super Lap Battle. As there has been a lack of serious Nissan 370Z parts development due probably to its sluggish sales, we eagerly awaited checking out what Robi could cook up in short order.
The 370Z is one of our favorite cars and what we consider one of the great performance bangs for the buck. It is also blessed with sleek good looks. Unfortunately the buying public doesn’t seem to agree with us. In the vicinity of our Southern California office, the 370Z is a rare bird, the coveted Skyline GT-R seems to be more popular, we see several every week but the amount of 370Zs spotted can still be counted on a single hand. We have heard that the new car is selling sluggishly as well at a less than 1000 unit a month pace. These low sales volumes are also affecting the aftermarket's investment in the car. Other than bolt ons, GTM and Greddy’s turbo kits, there seems to be few hardcore things going on with the 370Z.