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Drift Machine: Eric’s VQ-Powered Nissan 240sx

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 3:55 pm on April 15, 2014

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Eric M came to Z Car Garage to sort out some running issues on his VQ35-swapped 240sx drift car. What’s that you say? A 350z engine in a 240sx?! This engine swap has actually been quite popular and offers a few advantages over the more common SR/RB/2JZ/LSx drivetrains.

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When Eric first came in his car was NA. Rob made a few quick fixes and UPREV tuned with considerable improvements. The VQ made 263hp/247tq at the wheels:

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Eric needed more power so he installed a Vortech supercharger and came back to us for tuning. With 395hp/344tq to the wheels keeping those rear tires spinning would be easy!

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Here is Eric in action at a recent drifting event. Turn up the volume and listen to that VQ scream!

 

Eric had an epic race weekend finishing 7th place out of 75 total drivers and only 16 qualifiers! He had no problem matching this 780hp 2JZ-powered Lexus…look how close they are!

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Great driving Eric, and thanks for letting us work on your drift machine!

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Alfredo’s Z33

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 1:02 am on April 13, 2014

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Alfredo D is a new customer that met us on the ZONC Canepa Design fun run in 2013. After visiting Z Car Garage he wanted to improve the fun factor on his Z33 roadster with bolt-ons. We gave him the ZCG essentials: Bassani exhaust, JWT POP charger, Eibach springs and control arms.

We know the OEM exhaust system on a 350z is mellifluous…few can mistake that undeniable VQ-burble. Why not accentuate that sound and gain a few hp in the process? The Bassani cat-back exhaust system is one of the best no-compromise setups available!

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The JWT intake helps with breathing and gives a nice growl under throttle:

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Firming up the Z’s handling are Eibach springs and SPC adjustable control arms. Full alignment follows.

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Enjoy the new sound as you carve through the twisties Alfredo!

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Z Car Garage wants to thank all of our customers and friends for making the 10th Anniversary celebration a spectacular day! We had a great turnout of cars and people from all over the Bay Area with free swag, raffles, and food. The shop was open for all to peruse some of our latest project cars and we also dyno’d a few Nissan Skylines.

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It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since we first opened our doors! This was our future dyno room, circa 2004 (left):

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In case you missed the celebration here is a brief glimpse of the facility. Front office and the main work area with a few project cars on display:

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We had a nice showing of cars including all generations of Z-cars:

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Some neat engine swaps:

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Lots of Skylines including Peter and Gary’s GC10s, DR30, R32, R33 and R35 models:

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The highlight for most people (besides the free food and prizes :)) was the dyno running of three Nissan Skylines. Starting off with Gary’s C10

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Next up was David’s R32 GT-R:

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Finally, Jermaine’s R35 which we will feature soon on the blog. It was cool to see folks so amped on the results. Here is a short video of all three Skylines on the dyno, enjoy!

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So let’s toast to many more years of service, passion and performance and thank you for supporting ZCG as we celebrate our 10 year milestone! Don’t forget to visit the gallery for more photos below…

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Before Godzilla: 1971 Skyline GT-R on Motor Trend

Filed under: Automotive History,Performance
by Alvin G @ 10:54 pm on April 4, 2014

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Motor Trend pays homage to the legendary Hakosuka GT-R by taking a drive with owner Hiroaki Shinomiya. It’s a great little story with plenty of eye-candy to drool over from the S20 engine to the Watanabe wheels. Thanks to reader Clark G for the heads up! Click HERE to read the article.

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BAYZA 5th Annual Meet 5/17

Filed under: Events
by Alvin G @ 10:14 am on April 2, 2014

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Z-car fans unite…BAYZA is having it’s 5th annual In N Out meet on May 17!

May 17th, 2014 @ 11AM
In N Out Burger,
5611 Santa Teresa Blvd

 





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