Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC

October 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s not only Ferrari and Porsche that can offer keen customers highly-priced race-spec versions of their performance production models. Nissan wants a piece of the pie and has just released a new 370Z NISMO RC that is now available for customer orders.

Based on the street-legal 370Z, the NISMO RC has been taken to the extreme with major weight-saving measures dropping off all luxuries. The result is a car that’s around 180kg lighter and tips the scales at just 1,339kg.

The Nissan 370Z NISMO RC also features NISMO race exhaust, NISMO tuned ECM, high capacity NISMO clutch, flywheel, engine oil, transmission and differential coolers and a Recaro racing seat with 6-point racing harness. A Sparco racing steering wheel and a carbon fibre control stack are also part of the RC package.

The 3.7-litre V6 motor has been tweaked to produce slightly more than the stock unit at 264kW of power and 373Nm of torque. Continue reading “Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC” »

Aston Martin reveals new Vantage GT4 track weapon

November 26th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The reworked 2011 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 has just been revealed with a revised engine and aerodynamic tweaks. Aston’s latest GT4 race car is powered by a new 4.7 litre V8 engine with increased power and torque output (the exact figures have not been revealed, yet).

The Vantage GT4 racer continues to be based on the V8 Vantage road car, including its aluminum chassis, base engine and suspension design. Also included are race-developed Bosch ABS and traction control systems.

The aerodynamic changes up front include a new splitter that helps increase downforce and direct cooling air to the brakes and radiator. At the back, Aston Martin added the V12′s larger boot ‘flip’. The 2011 car also gets a new carbon fibre diffuser and rear underfloor, which apparently create an area of low pressure under the rear of the GT4, thus increasing downforce while also channeling more air through a new rear-mounted high capacity transmission oil cooler.

Along with it’s own one-make series, the new Vantage GT4 car will be eligible for the European GT4 Cup and any other GT4 Series globally.

Maserati GranTurismo MC unveiled for the track

April 7th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Maserati Granturismo mc-2 fq

Inspired by the MC Corse Concept, Maserati has finally unveiled the production version of its GranTurismo MC. Aimed at Maserati enthusiasts who’d prefer to keep their road-going GT in the garage, the MC is ready to compete in the GT4 European Cup class, with a full roll cage, carbon fibre body panels, plexiglass windows, upgraded brakes and suspension, along with lightweight wheels wrapped in racing slicks.

Output for the revised 4.7-liter V8 hasn’t been disclosed, but the MC should put out around 450 hp when it takes to the track. Priced at 135,000 Euros it’s the perfect option for a cash-rich gentleman racer.