Ouch! Damn I Didn’t Know It Hurt That Much!

I imagine that would be the response of anybody who bought the Nissan Z33 race car. After getting reamed in the ass for US$284,000, you will definitely know how much it hurts. While the car is super clean and is super sano by anybody’s standards, at that price you can buy a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car. In fact, you can buy a used 997 GT3 cup car with spares. I have a pretty good idea of how much time, TLC, and money it takes to build a car from the ground up, but $284k for a 350Z is flat out rediculous. I guess if you have the cash then it’s no big deal. Its all about the economies of scale and I guess I’m just not a part of that economy.

A Freshalloy.com forum member, Import/Export posted this car so I’m just stealing his pics and info.

• Maximum output: 294kW (400PS or 394.26hp)/7,200rpm
• Maximum torque: 421N•m (43kgm or 321 ft-lb)/5,200rpm
• Displacement: 3,798cc, bore x stroke: 95.5mm x 88.4mm
• Engine: VQ35HR V-6 (3.8L modified specs)
• Motec ECM, 6-speed throttle
• Transmission: 6-speed close-ratio transmission (not sequential!!)
• Differential: Mechanical L.S.D. (GT L.S.D.)
• Clutch: Reinforced clutch (Super COPPERMIX)
• Suspension : Exclusive suspension
• Brakes Brembo brake calipers (6-piston), 380mm rotors
• Roll cage, carbon fiber doors and hood, polycarbonate window (door, back door), bucket seat, safety harness, fire extinguisher, cutoff switch
• Fuel tank: 95 liter (safety fuel tank)
• Overall length 4,420mm, Overall width 1,840mm, Wheelbase 2,650mm
• Weight 1,260kg
• Vehicle price ¥28,350,000
• Shipping, tires, wheels, fluids are not included in price
• This vehicle is intended for racing, and cannot be used on public streets or fitted with a license plate
• Vehicle specs and price are subject to change without notice
• Limited sale in japan only

Pretty damn good looking, super clean race car, huh?

Now here’s the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car. It’s plain to see who Nissan is trying to copy as far as picture layouts go (copying Porsche). It’s also clear that Nissan is attempting to compare the 350Z against the GT3 cup car. Good luck is all I can say.

To me, this car looks even BETTER than the 350Z. Aside from the fact that the Porsche starts out as a better car than the 350Z, it looks like to me like a better race car as well. Specifications:

ConfigurationB 6
LocationRear, longitudinally mounted
Constructionlight alloy block and head
Displacement3.598 liter / 219.6 cu in
Bore / Stroke100.0 mm (3.9 in) / 76.4 mm (3 in)
Valvetrain4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feedSequential Multi Point Fuel injection
AspirationNaturally Aspirated

Chassis/bodyunitary steel
Front suspensionMcPherson struts, coil springs, dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspensionmulti-link, dual coil springs, anti-roll bar
Steeringrack-and-pinion, power assisted
Brakesvented carbon fibre discs, all-round
Gearbox6 speed Sequential
DriveRear wheel drive

Weight1150 kilo / 2535.3 lbs

Performance figures
Power400 bhp / 298 KW @ 7300 rpm
Torque400 Nm / 295 ft lbs @ 6500 rpm
BHP/Liter111 bhp / liter
Power to weight0.35 bhp / kg

The 997 GT3 Cup Car is lighter, more powerful, has a sequential transmission, full carbon body, carbon brake discs, and is just about the same price. Let’s not forget it comes with 35 years of international WINNING racing heritage. Which car would you choose for the money? I like Nissans, but somebody there is filling all three chambers of the bong to the very top before he pulls the bowl. He must have some big lungs.

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