By Mike Kojima
We had last left our Project 350Z with much improved braking at the track with a big brake kit and other parts from Stoptech. After her last on track foray at Buttonwillow, Sera reported to us that her 350Z was having trouble laying down power out of the turns. On the gas her car wanted to drift immediately which was limiting how hard she could apply the throttle on corner exit. The corner exit drift was not smooth but twitchy as well. When drifting with stock tires, her car was not so bad but with the forces generated by big sticky NT01’s the suspension’s bushings were getting overworked causing toe changes, hurting the car's stability.
In our last edition of Project 350Z, we upgraded our Wheels and Tires to Motegi TrakLitesand Nitto NT01’s. When Sera went back to the track she reported much more grip and good basic balance, which complemented the Whiteline Swaybars and KW Clubsports we had previously installed. Now it was time for a Stoptech big brake upgrade.
Our Project Nissan 350Z needs some new shoes. The stock Nissan alloy wheels had developed a crack rendering them unsafe and the worn generic tires that the car came with were on their last legs. It was time for an upgrade. Since we wanted a specific offset and width for this medium powered car we called upon Motegi Racing to provide us with a set of their TrakLite wheels.
Project Nissan 350Z Part 2 - Installing KW Clubsport Suspension and Whiteline Sway Bars
By Mike Kojima
Our friend Sera is a stuntwoman by trade who does a lot of driving for movies, commercials and TV. If you see a woman driving in a car commercial, chances are it's Sera. She also does track days with NASA and is into drifting. She had bought a Nissan 350Z to use as a car to do some track days and also for her to practice her stunt driving and drifting. The trouble is as soon as she hit the track, she encountered some problems.
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