Project 370Z - Improving Grip by Tuning a Cusco RS LSD!
By Mike Kojima
So far with our Project 370Z we have been focused on dialing in the chassis. After some track time, it has become apparent that the rear differential is the next handicap in achieving faster lap times. Although the Z has a viscous limited slip diff from the factory, our testing has found it to be highly inadequate. In fact it is hardly a limited slip diff at all, allowing a lot of inside rear wheel spin, even out of medium speed corners. In some street tire testing at Buttonwillow our lap time was being limited to the low 2:06 range for configuration 13CW.
Project Nissan 370Z - Installing B&M's Short Throw Shifter
by Clint Boisdeau
One item that is typically at or near the the top of a performance enthusiast’s list of modifications is a short throw shifter. In many cases short shifters are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and are a modification that is directly related to improving the driver’s interaction with the vehicle. B&M, a long time aftermarket manufacturer of products related to precision gear selection, has a short shifter offering for the 370Z/G37/350Z/G35 6 speed manual transmission cars.
Project Nissan 370Z - Keeping it cool with a CSF radiator, HPS Hoses and a Nissan Motorsports Oil Cooler
The Nissan 370Z is a notoriously under cooled car. It has a pretty bad reputation for easily going into overheat limp mode very quickly under track conditions and sometimes even on the street during normal driving in extremely hot conditions. Nissan knows about the problem - 370Z press cars are fitted with oil coolers and diff coolers. Probably Nissan does not want to add to the price of the car and instead relies on cheaper electronic nannies like limp mode to control the engine's and driveline's temps.
Project Nissan 370Z- Kinetix Racing Suspension, Enkei Wheels and Continental Tires
In our last edition of Project Nissan 370Z, we installed a basic suspension with KW V3 coilovers and Whiteline sway bars. To continue to develop our car into a dual purpose track/daily driver we needed to add some more adjustability to the suspension, we had to get more negative camber in the front and less in the rear. We also had to get more rubber on the road.
To achieve this we added some adjustable suspension links from Kinetix and some super light Enkei PF01 wheels with Continental Extreme Contact DW Tires.
In the first segment of Project 370Z we worked with AEM to evaluate the awesome ETI cold air intake. Since our car is going to be focused on streetable track performance, we next turned our attention to the suspension. The first and most critical parts of any track worthy suspension build are the swaybars, dampers and springs.
Project 370Z: Part 1 - Testing the AEM ETI Cold Air Intake
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