When creating a car for the SEMA show, the annual aftermarket tuning event held in Las Vegas, most manufacturers default to a simple ‘big wheels and low suspension’ formula. Not so Nissan for 2018, which enlisted Nissan Motorsports to build the 370Z-based car you can see here. Called Project Clubsport 23 it swaps the standard 3.7-litre naturally aspirated V6 for a new turbocharged V6, and while the tough stance that’s de rigueur for SEMA is still evident, the suspension and chassis parts may make up a Nissan-approved parts package for the 370Z in the future.
Nissan’s intention was to make Project Clubsport 23 a car that current 370Z owners and enthusiasts can recreate. However, one element that won’t be so easy to retrofit will be the Clubsport’s 3-litre twin-turbo VR30DDTT V6, which has been borrowed from the Infiniti Q60 S. The new engine may be down around 700cc on the 370Z’s original motor, but thanks to forced induction it produces 400bhp – an increase of more than 50bhp over the 370’s standard V6.