Nissan is bringing the 370Z Project Clubsport 23 for this year’s SEMA Show. The Clubsport 23 borrows generously from many suppliers of performance parts and according to Nissan, it is an ongoing parts development platform.
The original 350 hp 3.7-litre VQ37VHR has been replaced by the 3.0-litre VR30DDTT twin-turbo V6 which develops 400 hp. It was decided to keep the 370Z Nismo’s 6-speed manual transmission and apparently, this was a challenge due to the fact that VR30DDTT has never been coupled to a manual transmission.
MA Motorsports managed to develop a clutch disc, cover and flywheel assembly to complete the transition all the way back to the Nismo GT LSD Pro-Carbon 2-way differential, which is cooled by an MA Motorsports Differential Cooler. Much time was spent to ensure the VR30DDTT engine properly communicated with the manual transmission.
The refinements continued, starting with an AMS Performance Cold Air Intake kit and Z1 Motorsports blow-off valves. MA Motorsports fabricated a bespoke dual exhaust system measuring 76 mm in diameter to ensure there was no disruption in airflow from the engine. To help keep the powerplant running cool, the factory cooling and steering systems were upgraded with an AMS Performance heat exchanger, MA Motorsports power steering cooler and Z1 Motorsports radiator and intercooler silicone coolant hoses.
The braking system was upgraded using soon-to-be released Nismo HC Street/Track brake pads, Z1 Motorsports 2-piece slotted rotors and Nismo stainless steel brake lines. The suspension modifications included a combination of newly released Nismo front and rear suspension components, Nismo 3-piece body brace set, KW Variant 3 coil-over shock kit and Eibach rear springs.
Topping off the project’s go-fast parts are Nismo-branded RAYS cast aluminum-alloy 18-inch wheels shod with Hankook RS4 285/35 high performance tires. They are expected to be available through Nissan dealerships at a future date.
The interiors are dominated by Sparco QRT-R competition seats, Sparco 6-point competition harnesses and Sparco R383 steering wheel with Bell Works Rapfix hub. Also featured is a Cabin and Engine Bay fire suppression system, along with a custom welded-in roll cage. The custom upholstery was stitched in a diamond pattern by MA Motorsports, offering a contemporary throwback to the diamond pattern vinyl used in the original 240Z.
Finally, the body features a pairing of factory Nismo panels with an APR honeycomb carbon fibre splitter/MA Motorsports air dam, Selbon TS-style carbon fibre hood with Aerocatch hood pins, Nismo carbon fibre mirror covers, pillar garnishes, JDM rear fog light and a modified rear bumper to allow better air flow/cooling.
Finishing off the project is a custom Gloss Burnt Orange body wrap by Speedesign Custom Graphics – giving the Project Clubsport 23 a final glow for its SEMA debut.