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Nissan 350z Roadracer BRE Livery Widebody Tribute

Posted by HuberAutomotive about 7 months, 3 weeks ago

One of a kind 350z Convertible Road Racer

This 2006 Nissan 350z convertible is a one-of-a-kind race car featuring tribute BRE Livery, custom made BBS wheels, a SOHO-built VQ35 V6 with a Vortech supercharger, and too much to list.

Historical Summary: This car was originally built as a drift car by Nissan when new. It competed in the pro drift circuit for a couple of years, then eventually was phased out and sat in storage for several years. In 2014, the vehicle was brought back to life and re-finished as a Sema show car, where it was refinished in BRE livery as a tribute to Brock Race Engineering. Peter Brock himself signed the car, and it was used as a promo car for Braille Batteries and Nissan North America making its way to several promo events and doing a couple of promotional (parade) laps at Road Atlanta. We acquired the car in early 2017, and fell in love with the vintage livery on the somewhat-modern 350z platform. We already have a tribute Datsun 510 race car, a 280zx road racer, and a host of other Datsun and Nissan products, so this was a nice addition to the road racing collection. When we purchased the car, we did so with the intent of racing it as well as using it as a promo car for our dealership. The car's Road Racing classification for SCCA is Super Production and for SVRA it is Group 11.

Exterior: The body is a 2006 Nissan 350z convertible, built specifically for competition drifting events when new in 2006. It wears a full widebody conversion, has a removable front bumper, hood, and carbon fiber decklid. The car features a two-toned paint scheme as a tribute to the award winning BRE race team of the 70’s and 80’s. The wheels are custom made BBS wheels ordered direct from BBS and built specifically for this car. The spoiler is a carbon fiber unit from APR, and it’s wearing Hoosier racing slicks at all 4 corners.

Interior: Inside, the car features a Haltech Platinum Pro standalone ECU with Haltech’s lQ3 dash to display the vitals. The driver is held in place via Sparco EVO racing seat, complimenting the MPI Quick release steering wheel, Sparco 6-point Hans harness, Schroth side nets, and a new SPA Technique fire system.

Powertrain: Under the hood, this 350z has a fresh SOHO Motorsports Stage 1 VQ35DE V6 with JE pistons, 10;1 compression, Eagle rods, Kid rod & main bearings, ARP studs, and more. The block was inspected, cleaned, re-decked and honed. The rotating assembly was balanced, professionally assembled, and documented. All proper lubricants were used by the pros at SOHO, and the build is dependable and complete with no expense spared. Heads were pulled and refreshed by Performance Research Inc, including Manley valves, milled surfaces, mutli-angle valve job, fully checked, cleaned, and reassembled. Exhaust is a full unit with Z1 Motorsports headers, Berk test pipes, and a custom fabricated rear exit system with 3” piping. Fuel injectors are new DeatschWerks 1000cc and it has a new Spec stage 3 cutch. The transmission and rear end were the units in the car when we purchased it last year and both feel great. When the build was done, they did not seem to need upgraded based on power output.

Performance: Tuning is done through a Haltech unit from SOHO, and the dyno tuning was completed by Eric at the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio. The car was dialed in with a conservative tune making 385whp and 328wtq, and the power delivers consistent and responsive across the rpm range.

Brakes, Suspension, etc: Suspension features a BC Coilover system with adjustable height and dampening control, and the brakes are Wilwood’s big brake kit for the 350z front and rear with red finished calipers. The wheels are 18” BBS 2-piece units ($4k build cost) made specifically to fit this car and ordered direct from BBS. The tires are Hoosier slicks,  18x10” front and 18x11” rear. The car handles very well and stops very well also. As with most track applications, the car could be dialed in differently depending on your preferences, but as it sits it’s ready to go.

Summary: This 350z is unlike any you’ll see. It’s drift-car-radical, vintage racer inspired, and finds it’s home on the racetrack and at the local car show. We have over $31k in receipts NOT including hours and hours of labor for this build, also NOT including the purchased price. The motor is fresh, the interior is ready, and the car is up to date. It’s seen minimal action on the racetrack, but has made appearances at both Mid-Ohio sports car course and Watkins Glen. Although quite a bit of time, energy, and money have been invested, we have 1 driver and 3 race cars, and are more interested in focusing on the vintage side of it as opposed to the more modern. 

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