As well-known as Nissan is for sports cars like the 370Z and GT-R, it's also known on racing circuits for its formidable competition machinery. In fact, Nissan has just enjoyed one of its most successful racing seasons yet, and on the back of that season, it is releasing a new customer racing car.

The Nissan 370Z Nismo RC packs an array of competition modifications. Its weight has been trimmed to 2,954 pounds and its 3.7-liter V6 engine juiced up to 355 horsepower – just slightly more than the street-legal Nismo Z. That power increase comes courtesy of a competition-spec exhaust and returned engine management. The RC also packs a race-spec clutch, flywheel, plus oil, transmission and diff coolers. Inside is a Recaro racing bucket with a six-point harness, Sparco steering wheel and carbon-fiber dash, plus a full FIA-regulation roll cage and fire extinguisher.

The package was designed from the get-go to meet FIA GT4 regulations, as well as World Challenge GTS specifications and Nissan says it can easily be modified to race in the Grand-Am GS class as well. Full details in the press release after the jump.
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10.26.2011 , FRANKLIN, Tenn.
NISSAN MOTORSPORTS OFFERS NISSAN 370Z NISMO RC RACE CAR
Iconic GT car is lighter, faster and ready for the track

If you've ever wanted to extend your love of the iconic Nissan Z-car from the street to the track, now is a good time to take action. Nissan Motorsports is now offering Nissan 370Z race cars for customer orders. The track-ready Nissan 370Z NISMO RC is based on the street legal Z-car, but is significantly lighter and fitted with a FIA-compliant roll cage, fire extinguisher, racing seat and numerous NISMO performance upgrades.

The Nissan 370Z NISMO RC has been designed to conform to International FIA GT4 and World Challenge GTS class specifications. With some modifications, the Nissan 370Z NISMO RC can also compete in the Grand Am Continental Tire Challenge GS class.

Weighing in at 2,954 lbs., the Nissan 370Z NISMO RC 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 revamped and race-ready carbon fiber switch panel are also part of the RC package. The 3.7 liter Nissan VQ37VHR powerplant is rated at 355 horsepower and 276 ft. lbs. of torque. Numerous hose and connector upgrades have been added to meet the rigorous demands of track use.

Nissan Motorsports provides an easy way to race its 370Z in a competitive professional racing series. Interested parties may contact Nissan Motorsports at 1 (888) 833-3225 for more information, or send e-mail inquiries to nmc.race@nissan-usa.com.

About NISMO parts
All NISMO components are built to last. Thoroughly engineered and rigorously tested to ensure a seamless fit and outstanding performance, every NISMO part and accessory is designed and crafted to 100% Nissan standards.

* NISMO and Nissan Motorsports Competition parts are sold "as is" without any warranty whatsoever. Implied warranties of merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose are excluded. The entire risk of quality and performance for such parts is with the buyer. Should such parts prove defective following their purchase, the buyer, not the manufacturer, distributor or retailer assumes the entire cost of all necessary services or repairs. Nissan Motorsports Competition Parts and NISMO R-Tune parts are designed and intended for off-highway application only.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.Infiniti.com.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      2900 lbs, mmmm, that must be a blast.
      Mikey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Soooo since this is "race spec" do they finally get an oil cooler?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mikey
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          AP1_S2K
          • 3 Years Ago
          i think he was expecting you to read it for him and then tell him that it does.
      50merc
      • 3 Years Ago
      To bad nissan can't make a good engine to go into this fine vehicle. It will blow up and be really harsh.
      L1011
      • 3 Years Ago
      Slightly off topic but I wish Nissan would make a modern-day version of the 1990-1996 300Zx. The 350Z was nice but the 370Z is fugly. I still love the 90-96 300Zx though. What a car!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @L1011
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          L1011
          • 3 Years Ago
          Thanks!! I totally agree, the Z's lines were amazing, even to this day.
        Gary
        • 3 Years Ago
        @L1011
        You need to get your eyes checked. The 370Z and 350Z look so similar that if find one ugly you should find the other just as ugly. A modern day 300ZX would not be a good car for Nissan from a monterey or product-line perspective.
          L1011
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gary
          Yes, they're similar but the 350Z's lines are less edgy. The 370Z's lines just don't look as good. It's just my opinion. I do not need to get my eyes checked, thank you.
        askroon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @L1011
        Well I'm the opposite: I prefer the 370 to the 350 but what they really need is a Silvia replacement.
          Nathan Dewey
          • 3 Years Ago
          @askroon
          If they do make a new Silvia, they better bring it to North America with the same engine this time.
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        This will definitely be a fighter in the GS class. There will probably be some modifications in order for it to get past 400hp (the cars competing in the GS class have north of 400hp) so it can compete.
      Litespeed Racing
      • 3 Years Ago
      They only managed to get 5 horse power out of the exhaust? I just got 14 horse power to the wheels over my NISMO exhaust, with the full titanium race exhaust from www.litespeedracing.com
        XT6Wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Litespeed Racing
        engine restrictions. They are in a class where they are under serious performance restrictions. It largely ammounts to the cars being spec cars with each spec being adjusted to theoreticly equal to the other makes.
      Patrik Marek
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind taking one for a test drive :) Brakes were also a problem on 350z, but I heard that the 370z Sport package brakes are good!
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that's heavy for a track-only competition car. And that's a weak power upgrade. And did they fix the brake issues?? Idk, seems lame. The (Z33) NISMO 380RS was way sweeter than this thing. And still street legal, to boot.
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        wasn't there a problem with high oil temperatures as well?
        XT6Wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        brakes were largely a cross between bad pads and bad driver. I've taken some track time with some seriously useless brakes on my cars. Overdrove it and managed to lose the brakes like they did. I didn't go 9.9/10ths out of the box and between enginebraking, minimal actual brakes I kept it clean and on track. Same pad fade for other cars on OEM pads with no loss of sheetmetal. Moral of the story if its a new to you car... DON'T drive like you are on your F1 qualifying lap on lap 1. Crap brake pads or other shortcommings will show up soon enough if you take some moderately agressive laps before trying for a best lap time.
        Enzo22
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        Maybe the power boost would be better if they retuned the engine management instead of having it "returned". -Killface for president.
      Jorvis
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those of us who don't know, can someone describe what exactly makes this no longer street-legal? I could guess it has a cat-less exhaust, but what other things would be changed if you wanted to have a car that you could drive to the track?
        AU3783
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jorvis
        i believe street legal cars need safety features such as airbags. The bumper could also fall under not street legal as well depending on how it absorbs impacts.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AU3783
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        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jorvis
        No airbags is another thing that stop it from being street legal. It's cool to see this thing being made since the regular nismo 370z was such a joke.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frank
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          @Frank
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          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frank
          @John Blaze - I had a 350z and my buddy had a Z4 (standard 225hp) and no way in hell did the 350z hold a candle to any of them at 8/10th performance or higher. Mine was the 287hp version and we would swap cars consistently and didn't matter who drove the z4 - it was quicker every way shape and form. Maybe it had to do with the extra 300lbs the 350z was lugging around. If the Nismo holds against a Cayman R - then 1 of 2 things has occurred: 1. The Nismo must have some dynamite weight loss and engine power increase OR 2. The Porsche Driver completely sucks. Again, this is going back to 2005 models of the 350z so who knows how much quicker they are. I remember back then I used to toy with the Mustangs but now they are no joke. The Mustangs/Camaros will toast the 350 on the street. Track is a different story - but that's why I switched to an MR2 much more fun on the track/autocross.
        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jorvis
        No VIN would make it not street legal.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Brian
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        @Jorvis
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          Jorvis
          • 3 Years Ago
          I did look at all the pics and loved them. My point was just that I don't know which of the things exactly are those that make it no longer street legal. Taking out the seats? Upholstery? Are some cages street legal? The VIN is obviously a huge one, as is emissions, but a lot of the rest is unclear to me on what is not legal and what would just be uncomfortable on the street.
      nattomethane
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool.
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