YO, 370!

 

Nissan 370Z

The sixth generation of the Fairlady-Z, Nissan’s 370Z leaves the dealer as a svelte, capable sports car. Leaner and with more grunt than its older brother, the 370Z’s performance was benchmarked against the Porsche Cayman S, with the latest Z a potent performer out of the box.

On the 370Z’s release, Wheels magazine said: “The Zed is unquestionably for the purist who dares.”

Nissan 370Z

One of those who dared is Sydneysider Terry Dao, though pure may be the wrong description for Terry’s unique Z34 coupe.

Nissan 370Z

A long time JDM enthusiast, Terry made the step-up buy to the 370Z from his standard 350, and has set about improving his example and preparing it for the track.

“It’s my daily driver but hopefully down the line I could commit to a full-time race car,” he said.

“I drive it to work but I also do a bit of spirited driving up and down the coast and around the Blue Mountains.”

Nissan 370Z

Requiring the car to serve its adrenaline-inducing purpose on track while retaining street manners, Terry’s search for tyres sought uncompromising grip performance for the track along with comfort, longevity and all weather on-road safety.

To meet his demands, Terry went Toyo.

“I have been driving on the Toyo Proxes T1 Sports for about four months now and I have felt a big improvement in grip, handling and overall feel from the previous tyres I was using,” he said.

“I have raced at Wakefield but I want to take it to SMSP. I would definitely get an improvement on the times with the Toyos on.”

Nissan 370Z

The factory looks have been ditched in favour of a Powerhouse Amuse style kit and, underscoring Terry’s intentions for track work, a red Bride Zeta III fixed back bucket has replaced the driver’s recliner, keeping Terry in place when pulling those lateral G’s into turn one.

Nissan 370Z

Aussie-built MCA Blue coilovers work with SPL camber arms to keep the car motorsport-ready and hunkered down over the aggressively specced Work Kiwamis in 19x9.5 +25 front, 19x10.5 +45 rear.

Nissan 370Z

Project Mu pads hold things together when the VQ37 gets into stride, with the High Flow Catalytic Converters from Berk matched with a titanium-tipped Tomei cat back system giving the Zed a unique bark as the tachometer heads north.

Nissan 370Z

Refined street looks, an OEM+ approach to modification and a balanced performance package with a race-track edge, Terry’s 370Z is one of the finest examples we have seen.

Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z

All photography by Kevin Phetrasi – check out Kevin’s work at www.facebook.com/kevinphetrasiphotography