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Project Zed Nissan 350Z dragster - Click above for high-res image gallery

Quick – what's the World's Fastest Nissan? While visions of the GT-R are probably dancing around in your head, in reality, that title goes out to Project Zed, a Pro Class drag racer built using Nissan's 3.5-liter VQ six-cylinder engine borrowed from a 350Z. Not that the engine is stock, of course. In this case, Project Zed's tuned powerplant is reportedly sending nearly 1,900 horsepower to the rear wheels... yes, really.

As you'd expect from nearly two thousand galloping ponies, acceleration will be epic. Builder and driver John Bradshaw estimates that his maniacal machine will hit 60 in just 1.2 seconds as its rockets its way past the 200 mile-per-hour mark in just over six seconds.

Bradshaw plans to debut the car at the famous Santa Pod Raceway in England on September 10th, where it will go up against a slew of American V8-powered dragsters. Nissan is planning to show its support for the project by bringing along fresh copies of the latest 370Z and GT-R. Time for some head-to-head Nissan action? Hit the jump for a video and the official press release.

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* Nissan 350Z's straight line speed stretched to the limit in stunning drag-strip monster, Project Zed
* Created by owner and driver John Bradshaw, Project Zed is a full Pro Class drag car packing almost 1,900bhp
* Amazing dragster will perform at the FIA European Finals at Santa Pod, September 10th to 13th 2009
* In support of the track star, Nissan will have a stand at the show displaying its latest road-going sports cars, the GT-R and 370Z

A very special Nissan Z-Car is ready to rumble at Santa Pod! Built to break multiple European records, the hand built dragster will be the only Japanese engined car competing against more traditional American V8 machinery in Mainstream drag racing this year.

The lovingly prepared Project Zed is powered by a Nissan 350Z 3.5-litre V6 engine producing nearly 1,900bhp. Owner and driver John Bradshaw is thrilled to be taking his mighty machine to the famous Santa Pod Raceway, Northants. John comments: "It's incredible to finally have the car ready to test now and we are all very excited by its potential. It really is a car that is capable of setting records around the world and just shows what a Nissan engine is capable of producing."

Project Zed is the first ever Pro Class 350Z to be seen in Europe and has been eagerly awaited by drag fans all over Europe. It's no surprise to find that predicted acceleration times are breathtaking. Not only is 0-60mph expected to take only 1.2 seconds, but 0-168mph will arrive in just 4.1 seconds.

The team are no strangers to success having set the fastest quarter mile time in the world for a Nissan Skyline (7.68 seconds @ 177mph) with their other car, Project GTST, which is a 1997 Nissan Skyline RWD GTST. Producing over 1,150bhp at the wheels, the car holds the record for the fastest Japanese car in Europe for 2008 and retains that title to date in 2009.

Throughout the rest of the year Project Zed will run in various classes including Super Pro ET, Competitor Eliminator and HKS Series – Pro Class

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I fail to see how this story is news worthy.
      This is america, and on any given day of the week there is 1000's of people running 6's in race cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "This is America..."

        No, this is Autoblog. You really can't be so stupid you think only Americans visit this website...can you?
        • 6 Years Ago
        First off, 6 second 6cyl cars have been done before, hence i feel that this is not news worthy.
        Second, the majority of people reading this article are here in the US.

        Third, Anyone impressed with this car needs to goto the drag more often, so they can realize it's just another race car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the scranton brothers broke the 200mph, 6 second barrier in their (rwd) celica, but it was a turbo'd iforce v8 and not the 1.8l... i think that was back in 2002 or 2003
        but it was an 'import' to break the 200 mph mark.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with you jcar302. a 1900 hp Japanese V6 is not newsworthy when placed in a purpose built drag car. Now, if it made 1900 hp, was reliable as a daily driver, and passed California emissions that would be newsworthy!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its news worthy because it is a Japanese 6cyl not an American V8 that is doing the work. No need to get all grumpy about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That dragster is as much a Nissan Zed as my penis is a Saturn V rocket.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ROFL @ UCRJ!

        I've never understood why people named tube framed thin bodied race cars after car production cars. They don't even resemble the original car in the least bit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @UCJR: You must have not done very well on that simile section on the SAT/ACT, huh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      A US built car. They bought it from the guys that ran it here in the US for part of a season. It went into the 6's here in the States.
      • 6 Years Ago
      An article in the most recent Hot Rod had a car in it with a 572 making something like 3700 horsepower. That's 6.5 horsepower per cubic inch, AND it's the first car in it's class in the 5's with a 5.97 I think. How is that not newsworthy but this is? In a good street driven modded car 1.5 horsepower per cubic inch is pretty damn good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now take that exact same technology, add two more cylinders, and voila! A faster car. There is no replacement for displacement. More volume = more air and fuel = more power.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually the only replacement for displacement is rectangular money. Just sayin'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Go away. While I am sure you WANT to date such woman, it's never going to happen.

      Get used to unfufilled dreams.

      • 5 Years Ago
      What most of you don't get is that this car can compete against american V8s DOUBLE THE ENGINE SIZE! It makes as much horsepower as other cars in it's class with huge fat ass engines. How difficult can it be to make 1900bhp out of a 7 litre engine? Out of a 3.5 litre one,now that's news worthy! There is a replacement of displacement, it's called clever engineering!
      Got it now?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uhh, 0-60 in a drag car makes you sound like a high school kid talking about a car in a magazine. What was the 60ft time? Also, this is as much 350Z as John Force's "Mustang." I will go out on a limb and say the only parts that are on that car that came from Nissan are the block and maybe the heads.
      • 6 Years Ago
      But, how does it handle in the twisties?

        • 6 Years Ago

        Hi, i'm sarcasm .....and you are?
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is a purpose built dragster. Did you even read the article?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lol... that is all
        • 6 Years Ago

        If you fail to see his comment is dripping with sarcasm, i feel sorry for you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sarcasm lesson

        It'sa funny cause he asks if it handle da twistys, but don't cause its a dragster....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I cannot imagine the stress and pressure on that engine putting out that kind of power with 6 cylinders and 3.5 liters (though I'm sure it's been enlarged) but other than that motor (which is inferior in this application to a good ole big block chevy but that is what makes it so wonderful) this isn't news at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1900 horsepower out of a V6 not newsworthy! 1.2 sec. to 60 mph not newsworthy! I beg to differ! Another great milestone from the Japanese 911 clone. That's some pretty darn fast pedalin'!
      • 6 Years Ago
      if it beats a few V8's, it only adds more to the thumbs up.

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