The Z Concept from Nissan was a difficult challenge for the designers at NDI. Their goal was not merely to update a 30-year old design but to take some of the elements that made the original car special and integrate them into a new design. A classic 240Z, owned by an NDI designer, was brought into the studios as a reference point.
The Z Concept is fully operational, using a balanced and blueprinted 2.4-L, DOHC, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine rated at 149 kW (200 hp) and 244 N•m (180 lb•ft). Modifications to Nissan's engine include a racing profile camshaft, lightweight pistons, 10.7:1 compression ratio, reprogrammed electronic controls, and custom dual exhaust. The car also features a five-speed manual transmission, lightweight flywheel, and independent suspension. Brakes are from the Japanese-market Skyline GT-R supercar, while 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted with 215/40ZR18 front and 225/40ZR18 rear tires.
Image Source: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.