Project Nissan 350Z UPDATE – New Owner New Plans
MotoIQ Staff Report
Furious 7 stunt driver has taken over the controls (and ownership) of MotoIQ Project Nissan 350Z! Our 350Z project was originally built as a reliable street/track performer, but like any car with an overworked odometer the miles have been stacking up and the original engine finally threw in the towel. It's no surprise either, as it has been in the hands of stunt driver Jay Lynch for almost the past year. Jay has not only been using the car to work on his stunt driving techniques, but Jay has also been using the car to pass down his driving skills to his daughter Brionna Lynch.
Jay has been performing stunts for over 30 years and during this time he's built up quite the resume. With hundreds of filmed stunts performed, prestigious stunt award nominations, and member of Stunts Unlimited Jay is a seasoned driving professional and a great addition to the team. As he will be able to push our Project Nissan 350Z to its absolute limits, making it the perfect test bed for the performance upgrades we have in store for it!
Jay purchased the Z for Brionna and she has already spent quite a good amount of time in the car and is very familiar with it handling characteristics. Jay exposed his daughter to motorsports at a very early age and she has definitely been bit by the go-fast bug. We're all looking forward to seeing her career blossom and see where it takes her. Here's a little about her and Jay in her own words:
“I’ve looked up to my dad for as long as I can remember. If my dad did anything he always made sure it was done right, he never half-assed anything and I know that because I’ve been watching him work my entire life. When I was only a few months old and he would be working on his motorcycles in the garage he would sit me right there with him. I got my first dirtbike when I was 3 years old, by the time I was four my parents put me in gymnastics which I did until I was 16 and then took a 3 year break due to training in other areas. Quads have seemed to be my vehicle of choice since I got my first one on my sixth birthday. I would ride my dirtbike too, but I didn’t find it anywhere near as fun.
As I got older the sports just got more and more extreme. The sports I had been doing since I was a kid led me to having a “no fear” type personality. I got my driver’s permit when I was 16 years old and by the second day of being behind the wheel I was starting to figure out how to slide my first car around an empty parking lot. I had done quite a few donuts in my little Pontiac solstice which was RWD so as soon as we started getting some snow on the ground I was in the parking lot more and more often, eventually I got a little ballsy and started sliding my parents cars around in the snow too trying to learn now different vehicles react. My moms Nissan Armada was a little more scary to slide around than my dad’s Camaro 1LE but that , to me , was even more reason to practice in that more often than my dad's car.
When I moved to California in August 2014 right after graduating high school I started my first college Filmmaking course at New York Film Academy. I some how found a way to work training into my hectic school schedule. When I moved to CA my dad bought me another car but this wasn’t just any car… He bought a 350Z that was 100% ready for the track. The 350Z had TONS of work done to it by MotoIQ. As I’m sure everyone could’ve guessed my first trip to a drifting track was a dream come true and I started going every time I wasn’t working on a student film which was about one day a week. Once I started meeting other stunt performers through training, a couple of them introduced me to “choreographed fighting”. The only thing I had ever done relatively close to that was punch reactions with my dad as a game when I was a kid and a few months of kick boxing, but it looked fun so of course I jumped right in. Of course my dad had been supporting me my whole life so when I told him that I wanted to be a stunt performer just like him he helped me fast track my way through the business by taking on me on set with him every chance he got and introducing me to professional stunt performers just about every day once I finished my filmmaking course at NYFA. I was introduced to “Stunt Lab” by the owners/creators : Debbie Evans and Lane Leavitt , I started going to stunt lab every Friday… we trained in things like high falls, fire burns, air rams, and a lot of other stunt areas for film. I just couldn’t get enough, I eventually got to the point where I trained every day twice a day with anyone anywhere . My goal is to become the best stunt performer I can be .I took no days off, I train in a specific area working toward being the best stunt performer I can be every single day. My favorite area to train in is definitely driving and my goal is to be an even better driver than my dad which will be hard to accomplish but I’ve always understood that if you want to be good at something you have to work hard at it every time you get the chance to practice it.”
Hope you're as excited as we are about the next phase of our Project 350Z and where we will see its pilot next. Maybe a TV commercial, movie, or even the FD circuit!