Track War: Project 370Z vs. Modified 1970 Datsun 240Z

By Matthew Askari | April 18, 2013
Stirring its fan base, Nissan asked fans to help create the ultimate Nissan 370Z track car. But once built, the need for a competitor was obvious. After receiving countless suggestions, Nissan narrowed it down to three options and let fans decide what car would take on the Project 370Z car. Which car won the right to compete? A 1970 Datsun 240Z, with RB26 engine built by Gordon Macswain. Nissan employed a little help from its NISMO enthusiast arm to develop a track package that would make the car fast, sporty, and ready to race. A twin turbo kit, larger brakes, and exhaust tweaks were just some of the modifications. How can the 1970 240Z compete? With a little help, of course. Most importantly, with an engine swap, with the Datsun gaining a modern 360-hp Skyline GT-R engine. The two were put through their paces, with a variety of track tests to push the acceleration, braking, and handling to the limit. The result? You can check out the latest episode of The Downshift, to find out: