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AUTECH TSUKADAPower House amuseNISMOTOMEI POWEREDYashio FactoryCentral20NISMO Cars Factory ZELESun Line RacingI&DULTIMATEAUTO PRODUCE BOSSMatchless Crowd Racing Z33 & V35 CIRCUIT
The Fully Tuned Naturally Aspirated VQ35
Engines Growl Their Way Down
Fuji Speedway
It has been 3 years since the Fuji Speedway has been the platform for the NISMO Festival. The standard agendas the Option team follow is to cover the GT-Rs and the Silvias. However, our sights have shifted towards the battle of the Z33 and V35 from this event. There has never been a venue like this before; where 12 of Japan's best tuned Z33 and V35 are modified within the given regulations for a head to head showdown. Snow started to fall before the race began, but there was nothing that could stop these cars now. All the participants successfully ran, the only regret being that the final parade run had been cancelled.
Today, the different VQ35 platforms tuned by various tuning shops are reviewed in this feature.
Movie Report
[The Digest: Qualifying Race]
[The Digest: Final Race]
[The Regulation: Exterior]
[The Regulation: Interior]
[The Regulation: Engine]
The key to the speed is an increased displacement and a fully tuned suspension.
This machine is virtually equal to a race tire equipped machine trapping in at 1 min 54 sec!
Mitsuhiro Kinoshita  Qualified  1st / 1 min. 54.847 sec
Nismo Spec 2 Head, Spec 2 Camshafts, Titanium Valves, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Forged Pistons, Connecting Rods, Crankshaft, Fuel Pump, Injectors / HKS PowerFlow / Custom Intake Pipes / Infiniti Q45 Throttle Body, Stock Intake Manifold with Esprit Spacer / Tomei Exhaust Manifold / Amuse R1 Titanium Muffler / ATS Carbon Twin Disk Clutch / Carbon LSD
ATTKD (F:16kg R: 14kg) / M35 Front Upper Arms / ATTKD Front Pillow Arms, Rear Lower Arms, Suspension Link Color / Rear Nismo Stabilizer / Endless Calipers (F: 6 pot R: 4 pot), Rotors, NA-R Brake Pads
F: Rays TE37 (9.5J +12) R: Rays CE28 (9.5J +15) / Advan A048 (225/40-17)
Recaro SP-G Race Seats / Techtom Water Temp. Gauge / Ings Aero Kit (front bumper, sides, rear bumper, hood, rear wing)
This Machine is Stuffed with ATTKD Style Mods
Autech Tsukada led its BNR32 demo car to its victory at the 2002 Nismo Festival Tuners Battle, and this time with their Z33. They have succeeded in displaying exceptional speed and intensity once again.
Centering on their engine build up, they used Nismo components similar to the other Z33 that entered. What sets the Autech Tsukada engine apart from the rest is that they have eliminated the electric throttle function and fabricated a throttle body from an Infinity unit. This is an all familiar tuning style of ATTKD.
"I don't like the stock throttle system since it uses the engine braking technique after letting off the gas pedal. I don't know how to reprogram stock ECUs therefore we fabricated the cable-type throttle system and installed a FCon Vpro. Now we can eliminate the AFM as well." Claims the shop manager. The shop gained its knowledge of eliminating the air flow sensor and tuning Fcon Vpro standalone ECUs by modifying many GT-Rs. The Vpro is chosen by many tuners to control the fuel management, ignition timing, eliminating the speed limiter, and increasing the rev limit to name the least.
An Amuse High Tech Rom controlled the VTC aspect of the VQ35 engine for this particular setup.
Their suspension setup is also to be acknowledged. Their custom coilover setup called "Senkyaku" modifies the rear suspension into coilover units enabling a wide range of setting ranges. The suspension setup improves the overall handling during cornering providing the much needed stability.
The driver Kinoshita claims "The car is balanced very well. The performance resembles that of a machine that is between a high grip S-tired car and a GT300 machine." His comments were just as expected, backing up the performance expectations of the Autech Tsukada Z33.
The Surge Tank is a Modified Stock Unit
The stock intake manifold' s capacity was increased by installing Esprit's intake spacer. The air flow transition between the surge tank and the head is manipulated by the funnel structured spacer; providing a smooth air flow. By simply installing this spacer, the engine spins as equal to the anniversary Z edition at 8000 rpms.
A Linear Response
The Surge tank manifold was modified for an Infiniti throttle body. The throttle butterfly increased from 70mm to 80mm, a 30% larger surface area. To gain more efficiency, a modified surge tank and the elimination of the air flow sensor was adopted.
Taking the Incoming Air Efficiently
An external bumper duct was constructed to direct the fresh air directly to the air intake filter. The owner claims "it serves as a ram air function at thigh speeds."
Finally Completed After Many Tests
The rear suspension was converted to a coilover system. The ATTKD' s Senkyaku suspension performs well in any condition especially at the race tracks. First, they chose a kit that incorporated an external reservoir gas shock tank, but at the end decided to go with the basic damper type.
Flat Panel Diffuser for the Under Body
Looking underneath the driver' s side door, the flat diffuser looks as so. The flat diffuser panel stretches across the rear up to start of the rear wheel wells. Behind that, the flat panel stretches even further across the entire chassis.
Movie Report
[Machine Description: Engine]
[Machine Description : Suspension]
[Machine Description : Body]

[Comment before the race : Mr. Kinoshita, a driver]
[Comment after the race : Mr. Tsukada]
Contact: Autech Tsukada  http://www.attkd.co.jp Back to the top
Power House amuse
An Engine Built Solely to Decrease Lap Times!
Hideki Tanabe  Qualified  3rd / 1 min. 57.554 sec
Nismo Spec 1 Head, Spec 2 Camshafts, Titanium Intake Valves, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Forged Pistons, Connecting Rods, Connecting Rod Bearings, Crank Journal Bearings, Fuel Pump / Amuse 90mm Titanium Suction Kit, R1 Exhaust Manifold, R1 Titanium EXTRA Muffler, HighTech ROM High Lift Cam Spl / Zenki Stock Intake Manifold / ORC Single Metallic Clutch / Cusco LSD
Amuse HighTech Damper Kit (F:10kg R:11kg) / Nismo Stabilizer, Front Upper Arm / F:Brembo F50 Caliper & R&D Rotor, F PFC Brake Pads / R: Endless CCR Brake Pads
Rays CE28N (F: 10.5J+22 R: 10.5J+18) / Advan A048 (265/35-18)
Recaro SP-A / Percul Lapcom / Amuse Full Aero Kit (Front Bumper with GT Style Ducts / Sideskirts / Rear Bumper / Dry Carbon Hood / Lightweight Fenders)
The Parts were Chosen with Their Long History of VQ35 Experience!
Amuse had started to modify and tune the VQ35 engines very early after its production and had gained valuable expertise in result. The team had many ideas on what kind of engine to build for the Tuners Battle. Mt. Tanabe finally chose an engine that was a perfect match for the Fuji Speedway track. The motor consisted of a Nismo Spec 1 high compression head assembly that was slightly customized just for Fuji.
Every one of the tuners have their personal preference when in regards to choosing an intake manifold. Although Amuse knew that this was a disadvantage on the straightway, they chose a stock intake manifold for more torque at the mid-range rpm range. The reason why they decided not to go with the high-rpm 35th anniversary intake manifold is because after long testing at Fuji, they knew that the most effective section of the course to be the fastest at was the technical section.
However, with this setup, the power decline after the peak rpm was too much. For this reason, the engine was further custom modified to raise the peak power to 6400 rpms. Now compared to the other machines, theirs required less time to reach the top speed at the straight section.
Amuse had also emphasized on the cooling factors of the machine, fabricating custom GT style ducts on their front bumper. Unfortunately, the cooling capabilities of the vehicle were not recognized because the final race was cancelled due to rain.
Emphasis on Durability
The engine construction was considerably emphasized to just produce torque in the mid-rpm range to avoid the problematic factors of a high revving engine. Claiming they have the most torque, Amuse trapped in at 1min. 55sec during a testing session after the Nismo Festival
Built with Endurance in Mind
The shop original front bumper received a widened mouth and a GT car like separate ducts. With the combination of the vented hood, the engine cooling aspects were well taken care of.
Experimental Dampers for this Track
The dampening force was increased just for the flat and high speed aspects of the Fuji Speedway. This raised the stability of the vehicle, but at the same time, decreased the turning capabilities. To fight this, the front spring rates were dropped 4kg/mm more. Mr. Tanabe claims "I thought I dropped it too much, but turned out just right."
Movie Report
[Machine Description : Engine #1]
[Machine Description : Engine #2]
[Machine Description : Body]

[Comment before the race : Mr. Tanabe]
Contact: Power house amuse  http://www.webamuse.co.jp Back to the top
The R1 Test Vehicle Flexes its Tuning Power
Masami Kageyama  Qualifying  2nd / 1 min. 56.113 sec
NISMO Spec2 Cylinder Head, Spec 2 Camshafts, Titanium Valves, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Forged Pistons, H-beam Connecting Rods, Crankshaft, Main Bearings, Sport Air Filter, Suction Pipe, Prototype Throttle Body, Prototype Exhaust Manifold, Weldina Main Pipe + Stock OP Rear End, fuel pump, Prototype ECU / Anniversary Edition Intake Manifold / Nismo Copper Mix Twin Clutch, GT LSD Pro TT Model
Nismo Prototype R-Tune Suspension (F: 18kg R: 20kg), Sway Bar, Front Upper Arms, Strengthened Bushings, Prototype Brakes
NISMO LMGT4 (F: 9.5J R:10.5J) / Advan A048 (F: 255/40-17 R:265/35-18)
NISMO Prototype Bucket Seat (Recaro), Steering Wheel, Combination Gauge / Nismo Version2 Prototype Aero Kit (Front Bumper, Hood, Sideskirts, Rear Under Spoiler) / Nismo Rear Spoiler
The Components Developed after Countless Hours of Data Feedback
Nismo is currently preparing 2 versions of their tuned engines, the Sports Package and the S1 package. However, the R1 package that is being developed right now reigns superior over both setups. The Z33 built for this race today at the Fuji Speedway was equipped with this competitive setup which its intake and exhaust components were still under research and development. Other part still under development is the throttle body which received an increased butterfly area to decrease air flow resistance and was matched up with the intake piping diameter. Although the naturally aspirated research for these motors were still rudimentary, the prototype exhaust that was fitted on to the setup. After testing, 1-2 horsepower was gained with the custom throttle body setup and an additional 4-5 horsepower gain with the prototype exhaust manifold. The opinions on whether or not this was a large achievement varies from person to person. Furthermore, Nismo is a brand known not to produce extremely ridiculous horsepower gains, but a mild improvement with emphasis on reliability and longevity.
Nismo is considered to be the head of the Z33 tuning scene and they hold the key to the future of the VQ35 tuning.
Enhanced Peak Power
The modifications emphasized on the B turn on the Fuji Speedway. From the B turn to the S turn, the machine was setup to excel at this area. Although the torque level was a bit shy of their expectations, the car produced 340hp on a Dynapack.
Combination of Exhaust Components
Nismo's line of Weldina cat-back muffler system was installed for this setup. Along with this, a Nismo titanium muffler was combined.
Sporty Design
The suspension damper setup is a Nismo R1 prototype model. This component may be the first to hit the market than the other parts that are in development. Nismo front upper arms and bushings were also used.
Comfort Cannot be Compromised
Though the R1 setup is made purely for racing, the car was still expected to be daily driven. The R1 version retains an R-Tune logo on the optional center monitor unit when the ignition is turned on.
Movie Report
[Machine Introduction]

[Comment before the race: Mr. Kageyama, a driver]
Contact: Nissan Motor Sports International  http://www.nismo.co.jp Back to the top
Headers and Camshaft Designed Exclusively for the Fuji Circuit will Hit the Market Soon!
Takayuki Aoki  Qualifying  5th / 1 min. 57.808 sec
NISMO Spec 2 Cylinder Head (Ported, Modified Combustion Chamber), Titanium Valves, 0.7mm Head Gaskets, Forged Pistons, Rod bearings, main bearings, Oil Pump, Sports Air Filter, S1 Spec Intake Pipe, Fuel Pump / Tomei Pro Camshafts, Valve Springs, H-beam Connecting Rods, Prototype Baffle Plate, Expreme Exhaust Manifold, ECU / RB25DET Stock Injectors / ARC High Capacity Oil Pan, Full Dual Super Titanium Silencer / Nismo Copper Mix Twin Clutch, GT LSD pro
Zeal S Suspension Kit (F:12kg R:10kg) / Nismo Swaybar / Endless Calipers, Rotors, CC-R Brake Pads
AVS Model T6 (F: 9.0J R:10.0J), Advan A048 (F: 245/40-18 R: 265/35-18)
Bride Seats / Key's Steering / Defi Link Meter Gauges / C-WEST Full Aero Kit (Front Bumper / Side Skirts / Rear Under Spoiler / Rear Wing / Hood)
Expanding the Capabilities of the VQ35
The Endless colored Z33 was built by Tomei Powered, specifically by RS Nakaharu, who maintains the Z during the Super GT and the S series races. The vehicle also was a special project car used on the Tokyo television show, "Car Hyper".
The engine was centered in with parts mainly from Tomei such as camshafts, valve springs, connecting rods, and headers. Some Nismo components were used as well.
The key modifications were the combination camshafts and the exhaust manifold, tuned for the long straightway and high average speed of the Fuji Speedway. The biggest camshafts that Tomei produces for the VQ35 are the 268 degree specs which were not sufficient for the modified cylinder head and the 13.0:1 compression. Because of this, an IN280 and EX272 degree camshafts were prepared for this setup.
Like the valvetrain assembly, the exhaust manifold were designed for a high revving engine.
The manifold was modified so the junction point of the tubes were shortened and the overall structure was altered for their targeted performance. Their exhaust manifold that is on the market today is made to bring out the peak power at 4000 - 5000 rpms. However, their custom fabricated unit built just for the Fuji Speedway is marked above 5000 rpms for the best performance.
These custom components are in the research stages as of now and depending on the results, it will be released to the consumer market. With parts like these, the VQ35 tuning is constantly evolving.
The Engine Dyno'ed at 350 hp
The prototype cams and the headers were built to withdrawal top end performance. 370cc injectors at 70-80% were installed as a safety measure since the stock units require to be used 100%. The ECU has been reprogrammed by Tomei.
High Lift Cams Matched with a 13:1 Compression
The stock compression at 10.3:1 was a sufficient match with the 268 degree camshafts, but not enough for the 13:1 ratio. Here, an IN280 and EX272 were installed to meet the high compression. Since these camshafts do not require alteration of the valve timing, the VTC was untouched.
S Series Race Dampers with X Coils
RS Nakaharu has vast experiences when it comes to Zeal suspension components along with X Coils used in the S Series Races. These carry a great reputation of stability and flexibility. The arms remain stock.
Movie Report
[Machine Introduction]
Contact: Tomei Powered  http://www.tomei-p.co.jp/ Back to the top
Yashio Factory
The Potential of the VQ35 Can be Extracted from ECU Tuning!
Oka-chan  Qualified  7th / 2 min. 0.299 sec]
Nismo Spec 2 Head, Camshafts, Titanium Valves, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Forged Pistons, H-Beam Connecting Rods, Rod Bearings, Crank Bearings, Sports Air Filter, Intake Pipe / Yashio Factory Exhaust Manifold, Muffler, ECU / Kouki Stock Intake Manifold / Nismo Copper Mix Twin Clutch, GT LSD Pro TT Model
Yashio Factory Suspension (F: 18kg R: 14kg)
Advan Racing RG2 (10.0J+15) / Advan A048 (265/35-18)
Bride Gias Seats / T&E Steering Wheel / T&E Aero Kit (Front Bumper, Sideskirts) / Nismo Rear Under Spoiler / Amuse Rear Wing
The Power Gains are All in the Tuning
The Yashio Factory Z was built entirely with Nismo engine components, and compared to the others it represents a standard tuning style. The engine was assembled with no insight of the new Fuji Speedway track layout since it was still being renovated at the time. Blindly entering this race, they decided to use a 35th anniversary intake manifold to unleash the top end performance of the engine. The vehicle pulled a 300.1 hp on the dyno. To produce these numbers, not only did Yashio Factory fully build the engine, but thoroughly focused on tuning the engine management computer. Data was collected after many hours of testing but the engine first only pulled 248 hp. Oka-chan of Yashio Factory claimed that these numbers were far too low to compete with the rest. After extensive tuning of the ECU, the power output increased progressively. Oka-chan then claimed that "Silvias are fun but the Zs are just as fun.". According to the driver, the new unfamiliar track layout was the main reason for the poor lap times. The car was also built for daily driven reliability to begin with. It's unfortunate that the machine could not clock in under 2 minutes but with a few more practice laps, it would've sure been one of the top machines.
Some future plans for this machine is to reinstall the stock intake manifold and tune the engine to bring out the mid-range torque.
Flawless ECU Tuning!
The engine internals is made up of mostly Nismo components. These components have been carefully chosen and matched. Oka-chan had succeeded in producing 50 extra horses with just the ECU tuning alone.
Changing the Spring Rate
2kg/mm more was added to the front and rear springs than the previous setup. A 2 way LSD was also equipped for this high speed course.
Streetable Setup
The car weighed in at 1470kg with 60 liters of gasoline. "I could've shaved off more weight but this should be enough." Claims Oka-chan.
Movie Report
[Machine Description : Engine]
[Machine Description : Body]
[Machine Description : Suspension]

[Comment before the race: Oka-chan]
[Comment after the race : Oka-chan]
Contact: Yashio Factory  http://www.yashiofactory.co.jp Back to the top
The Legendary Driver of the Z Had been Producing High Quality Prototype Components!
Haruhito Yanagida  Qualifying  8th / 2 min. 00.965 sec
Reworked Head / Nismo Spec2 Camshafts, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Rod Bearings, Crankshaft Bearings / Central Forged Pistons, Connecting Rods, Intake Pipe, ECU, / Z Sports Air Filter, Exhaust Manifold, Version 2 Muffler / ORC Single Carbon Clutch / Cusco LSD
Zeal Suspension (F: 14kg R: 10kg) / Front Upper Arms / Z Sports Calipers, Rotors, Brake Pads
Direzza RFZ (F: 8.5J+33 R: 9.5J+36) / Direzza 02G (245/40-18 265/35-18)
Bride Gardis 3 / Nardi Classic Steering Wheel / Trust Gauges / Z Sports Aero Kit (Front Bumper / Sideskirts / Rear Bumper / Rear Wing / Hood)
Race Spec Machine Still OK for the Street
Central 20 has been releasing various tuning parts for the Z33, they even have a bolt on turbo kit for this application. Forced induction is not permitted according to this race's regulations, so a naturally aspirated high compression motor was built.
The parts that the legendary "Yanagida Z" builds are not only very durable but beautiful as well. The simple and clean engine bay looks too much of a waste to thrash around a race track.
The suspension had been modified for the high speed track and is still applicable for regular street driving.
This street vehicle built by Central showed no signs of fatigue or over heating after hard, continuous laps. It was rumored that this car had performed the most laps around the track including the practice sessions. During these laps, the vehicle often trapped in under 2 minutes several consecutive times.
The vehicle's strongest trait is that it can keep running at an extreme rate and still maintain its reliability.
The head, pistons, and the connecting rods are still under R&D, but there exists a chance that these will be released to the public soon. Another key modification is that the 35th anniversary intake manifold brings out the top end power while the 4.3 final gear ratio firmly keeps the powerband in check. With this, the rpms can be kept up at the technical portion of the course.
The major appeal Central was attempting to make was that a reliable street car that can keep up with the rest.
An Engine Bay So Fresh So Clean
The first thing noticeable when opening the hood is the custom engine cover and the prototype intake piping. A hose is directed from the bumper duct to provide fresh air to the intake.
Brake Upgrade!
The custom suspension is made up of Endless components. The custom brake setup is a 6 pot and a 4 pot unit.
An Interior Setup for the Street
A couple of gauges are installed to monitor the engine data for a streetable setup. This machine combined with the best driver will surely produce some great times.
Movie Report
[Machine Introduction]
Contact: Central 20  http://www.central20.co.jp Back to the top
NISMO Cars Factory ZELE
Achieved a Spectacular Time Using its Giant Front Air Duct! The Engine Built by None Other than Nismo Omori Branch!
Yasushi Kikuchi  Qualified  4th / 1 min. 57.593 sec
Nismo Spec 2 Head (Port Matched & Polished), Camshafts, Titanium Valve Springs, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Forged Pistons, H-Beam Connecting Rods, Crankshaft, Crank Bearings, Sports Air Filter, S1 Type Intake Pipe, Prototype Throttle Body, Fuel Pump, Prototype ECU / Tomei Exhaust Manifold / Zele Titanium Muffler / Kouki Stock Intake Manifold / Nismo Copper Mix Twin Clutch, GT LSD Pro TT Model
Mines Suspension (F: 14.7kg) / Nismo Sway Bar, Strengthened Bushings, Front Calipers, Front Rotors, R Spec Brake Pads
Nismo LMGT4 (9.5J+30) / Advan A048 (265/35-18)
Nismo Prototype Version 2 Aero Kit (Front Bumper / Sideskirts / Rear Under Spoiler)
Quickly Overcoming Issues During Testing!
This vehicle is equipped with an engine built exclusively from Nismo Omori Factory Branch. The high compression motor was fitted with a reworked Nismo Spec 2 head, Pistons, Connecting Rods, and a throttle body. A Tomei header was also used.
The engine showed no signs of backing down during testing but during the shakedown run, it could not produce great lap times. Soon after, the differential oil started to pour out of the rear.
During the short time period they were given to remedy this problem, the leak was fixed and a differential cooler was installed as well as the suspension was reset to another setting. Finally the machine was able to display a great time and was able to rank in at 4th at the qualifying.
According to Mr. Kikuchi the driver, the suspension never lost its flexibility even after the spring rate was set higher. This is because the bushings have been upgraded to provide stability to further reinforce the high grip characteristics of the S tires.
Along with all the components a professional tuner had chosen and the potential of the Zele, this collaboration produced great results.
This engine was tuned exclusively by the Nismo Omori Branch. The custom muffler produced a screaming naturally aspirated sound that appealed the serious nature of the engine.
Cooling is a Must!
The Z33s are known to run very hot especially at race tracks. Therefore Nismo had installed an upgraded aluminum radiator and an oil cooler. During testing, they had even installed a differential cooler.
Collaboration with Mine's
A Mine's suspension was chosen for this setup. It consists of Ohlins shocks and Eibach springs for a smooth movement.
Movie Report
[Machine Introduction]

[Comment before the race: Mr.Kikuchi, a driver]
Contact: Nismo Car Factory Zele  http://www.zele-international.com Back to the top
Sun Line Racing
This Lightly Tuned Machine Has Great Potential to Morph into a Beast!
Eiji Yamada  Qualified  11th / 2 min. 2.254 sec
Tomei Pro Camshafts (In/EX 256 deg. 10.2mm Lift), Valve Springs / HKS Power Flow, Intake Pipe, F-Con Vpro / Sun Line Racing Titanium Exhaust Manifold, GT Spec R Muffler / Exedy D-Core Twin Clutch, Kaaz LSD
Zeal Function V6 / X Coil Springs (F: 12kg R: 14kg) / Sun Line Racing Front Camber Arms / F: Endless 6 pot Caliper + Rotors R: Endless 4 pot Caliper + Rotors, MA11 Brake Pads
SSR Type C (10.5J + 16) / Advan A048 (265/35-18)
Bride Zeta / HKS Gauges / C-West Full Aero Kit (Front Bumper / Sideskirts / Rear Bumper / Rear wing / Hood)
The Engine Build Up is in the Works but the Exterior is in Completion
Sun Line is known to have built the S15 which trapped in at 58 seconds at Tsukuba, and 1 min. 35 sec. at the Okayama International Circuit. Mr. Sato, the shop manager claims that Sunline had focused too much on the S15 and not enough of the Z33. The light modifications performed for now were the Tomei camshafts, strengthened valve springs, intake/exhaust modifications, and Vpro tuning.
However, Sun Line is kept busy with their S15 and did not have enough time to install the parts they had planned on. These include Nismo Spec2 head & camshafts, pistons, Tomei connecting rods, and the 35th anniversary crankshaft are all balanced into a monster engine. In order to build this engine and tune it properly, they realized that they don't have enough time. And if the tuning isn't done properly, they did not want to take the risk of blowing up their creation.
The exterior is too, still under construction. Sun Line decided to slap on the carbon fiber components for the GT car look. The vehicle is even planned to make a showing at he next Tokyo Auto Salon.
The ultimate goal of this vehicle is a streetable machine, unlike the S15, which was made solely for the race track. You can be sure that you'll be seeing many of Sun Line's vehicle tearing up the race tracks in the future.
Light Tuning that Emphasizes on the Basics
The VQ35 is known to lose power because of its restrictive exhaust system. Because of this fact, camshafts, valvetrain, and the right exhaust manifold were combined to make 330 hp on a dynamometer.
The Oil Cooler is an Essential Item
An oil cooler is relatively not necessary on the streets but at a race track, it is an absolute must. This particular unit slightly lacks capacity for long race tracks like the Fuji Speedway.
Zeal Function X Prototype Model
After testing many combinations of suspension setups, the smoothest operating match ended up to be the Function V6 with the X Coil.
Movie Report
[Machine Introduction]

[Comment before the race: Mr. Yamada, a driver]
Contact: Sun Line Auto  http://www.sunline-auto.com/ Back to the top
300 hp was Extracted Straight Off Parts Available on the Market1
Yoshinori Koguchi  Qualifying  10th / 2 min. 2.208 sec
Nismo High Compression Head (Ported), Valves, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Crankshaft / I&D Custom Camshafts (IN/EX272 deg), Air Filter, Intake Pipe, Surge Tank, Intake Manifold, Exhaust Manifold, Muffler, Gallop ECU / ER34 Stock Fuel Pump, Injector / Nismo Copper Twin Clutch, GT LSD Pro TT Model
I&D N1 Damper C1 Spec, Project Mu Racing 4 Pot Calipers, Rotors, HC Brake Pads
Direzza RSC (9.5J+15) / Direzza 02G (265/35-18)
Juran Full Bucket Seat / Defi Link Gauges / Nismo Full Aero Kit (Front Bumper / Sideskirts / Rear Under Spoiler) / Voltex Rear Wing / Varis Hood)
This Race was Only for Practice. Next Time the Real Potential is Exposed!
I&D is involved in many types of racing such as Circuit racing, drag, and drift. They believe that it is essential to consider customer feedback from these motor sports. This is the same reason why they decided to compete in the Tuning Car battle. Considering the standpoint of the general consumer, I&D did not use products such as the Nismo Spec 2 head and camshafts because they are not available on the market yet. They emphasized their tuning with parts that were readily available to any average joe.
Therefore, the parts used to make up this machine includes a ported Nismo Spec 1 head and IN/EX 272 deg camshafts.
306 horsepower was produced all because of the ported cylinder head assembly. The power is realized from the mid-range to the upper range.
This is the first time I&D has ever put this much time and effort into building a Z33. Their shakedown run consisted of only a few laps around the Tsukuba before the event. The engine, suspension, and body are still in its development stages. Even so, they were able to grasp a 2 min 2 sec mark. We are enthused to see what kind of times this vehicle can produce once the development is finished.
Modified Intake System
The first components modified in this machine were the intake manifold and the surge tank. The manifold was port matched and smoothened because forced induction was against regulations.
Diminishing the Understeer
The custom circuit spec suspension which was jointly developed by I&D and AP Engineering. The understeer could not been ignored during the qualifying run, so the vehicle height was adjusted to minimize it.
The GT Wing is a Must!
I&D equips their S13, JZX100, and al their demo cars with a GT wing. The wing effectively provided traction at the turns but too much wind resistance at the straightway. The top speed has not really improved because of this wing.
Movie Report
[Machine Introduction]

[Comment before a racing : Mr. Koguchi, a driver]
Contact: I&D  http://www.IandD.co.jp/ Back to the top
US Spec Left Hand Drive Machine with a Twin Throttle Setup!
Takayuki Kinoshita  Qualifying  12th / 2 min. 18.798
Nismo Spec 2 Head, Camshafts, Titanium Valves, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Forged Pistons, H-Beam Rods, Connecting Rod Bearings, Crankshaft, Crank Bearings / Ultimate Intake Pipe, Twin Throttle Bodies, Exhaust Manifold / Nismo Copper Mix Clutch, Cusco LSD
Ohlins Suspension / Tein Springs (F: 18kg R: 12 kg) / Cusco Front Upper Arm / Alcon Front Caliper, Front Rotor, Brake Pads
F: BCNR33 Stock Rims (9.0J+30) R: Volk Racing TE37 (9.5J+22) / Potenza RE55S (F:255/40-17 R:285/30-18)
Recaro SP-G / Trust Gauges / Nismo Front Bumper / Kaminari Sideskirts
Throttle Bodies on Both Sides!
Ultimate had brought in their machine, which to our surprise, was a US spec left hand drive version. But the surprise didn't stop there. After revealing the engine bay, it blew us away.
Under the hood, there was two throttle bodies extending from the intake manifold. This was a twin throttle body setup, along with twin air flow meters. "a single throttle body is not sufficient for a 3.5 liter displacement engine especially at the higher rpm levels. By incorporating two throttle bodies, the air intake should be more than enough. Plus, I wanted to do something unique." Claims Mr. Takakamo.
The custom surge tank was fabricated to fit the twin throttle bodies. Stock throttle bodies and a air flow meter are each installed on the pipings. Since the ECU is stock, and the voltage was split from 0-5 volts to 2.5 volts each on the air flow meter, the injectors operate at half its capability at full throttle. Because of this, Nismo 480cc injectors were installed to make up for the lack of fuel.
The vehicle was completed right before the event. It's surprising that it even runs this well. The future of this machine should have lots of potential.
Lots of Visual Impact!
When people see the town throttle system, the first thing they mention is the VG30. That's not the case here. Although it looks the same, the performance greatly differs. The intake pipes are custom units from Ultimate.
Based Off a Stock Surge Tank
The base is a stock surge tank unit. Not only is this just split up into two pipes, but a funnel system was properly designed for fresh air to each of the cylinders. The cover was raised 30mm to increase capacity.
The Rear Looks Very Mean
The left angled custom titanium muffler produces a very aggressive look of the vehicle. The exhaust system sports a 94mm main piping underneath, along side with the differential oil cooler.
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[Machine Introduction]
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They Came to Battle Outfitted with Nismo Parts! The Results are Evident!
Yasuyuki Kazama  Qualified  9th / 2 min. 1.464sec
Nismo Spec2 Camshaft, Titanium Valves, 0.7mm Head Gasket, Pistons, Connecting Rods, Sports Air Filter, S1 Intake Pipe / Boss Original Connecting Rod Bearings, Crankshaft Bearings, Titanium Muffler, ECU / Tomei Exhaust Manifold / Nismo Copper Mix Twin Clutch, GT LSD Pro
Prodrive Suspension (F: 13kg R: 13kg) / Nismo Swaybar, Bushings, Front Calipers, Front Rotors, Brake Pads
Prodrive GC05F (F: 9.5J+22 R: 10.5J+25) / Potenza RE55S (265/35-18)
Bride Seat / Prodrive Steering Wheel / Varis Full Aero Kit (Front Bumper / Sideskirts / Rear wing / Hood)
Shop Original Parts Heavy
"I was initially going with the Nismo Spec2 head and camshafts, with our shop pistons and rods. But I thought that everyone was going with this combination so it would have been boring." Claims Mr. Fujioka. The shop original pistons were unable to be prepared in time, so they went along with the Nismo S Race parts instead. There was no time to modify the head, so the shop had brought whatever machine they had ready at that point.
On the dyno, it pulled 290 hp at 267 ft/lbs of torque. Mr. Fujioka was aiming for over 300 but this was the machine's limit.
However, Boss gained great insight by enrolling in this race.
They realized that by changing to the 35th anniversary intake manifold in the future, the large front bumper opening would easily direct fresh air to the motor, producing well over 300 horses. Furthermore, by increasing the diameter of the throttle body from 47mm to 50, more power can be unleashed.
The top end performance should be increased once those modifications are performed. However, the midrange will suffer because of this, so they are planning to add custom pistons and rods to the setup to increase response. The Boss Z33 has great potential in the future races.
The Mods for Now
The connecting rod and the crankshaft bearings remain stock. Other than that, Nismo and other parts are combined. The next step is to change the intake manifold. Fujioka claims that with over 300 horses, a turbo'ed car cannot even come close.
Targeted for a Mean Sound
The custom full titanium muffler has a 76.3mm main piping and increases the power and torque drastically. The titanium muffler sound is a absolute must have for a N/A machine.
Possible to be Street Driven
The suspension consists of Prodrive coilover kit with the spring rate of 13kg/mm. Fujioka worries that if the rear are switched to coilover units, the weight load will change dramatically, thus still using the stock rear suspension setup. The shocks are 16 way adjustable.
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[Machine Introduction]

[Comment before the race: Mr. Kazama, a driver]
[Comment after the race: Mr. Kazama, a driver]
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Matchless Crowd Racig
This Z33 Eater Squeezes in the 2 Minute Mark
Shinichi Kobayashi  Qualified  6th / 1 min. 59.110sec
Honed Cylinder Head, Valve Seat Modifications, Phosphorous Bronze Valve Guides, Modified Combustion Chamber, NISMO Spec2 cylinder head, Camshafts (IN:284 11.0mm lift, EX: 268 10.5mm lift), Titanium Valves, Valve Springs, 0.7 Head Gaskets, High Compression Pistons, H-beam Connecting Rods, Crankshaft, Rods Bearing, Main Bearings / HKS Air Filter / NISMO Intake Pipe / Port Matched Stock Throttle Body / 35th Anniversary Surge Tank / Port Matched Intake Manifold / HKS Exhaust Manifold / ARC Titanium Muffler (60mm dial 112mm tip) / Nismo Fuel Pump, 480cc Injectors, #8 Spark Plugs / Reprogrammed Stock ECU / Nismo Copper Twin Plate Clutch, GT LSD Pro
Tein Super Racing Prototype (FR 16kg) / Nismo Swaybars / M35 4WD Front Upper Arm / Nismo Prototype Bushings / F: Brembo N1 Caliper + 355mm Rotor / Nismo Brake Pads
Enkei RP-03 (F: 9.5J+18 R: 10.5J+18) / Advan A048 (F: 245/40-17 R: 265 / 35-18)
Bride / Sparco Steering Wheel / Defi VSD / Nismo Full Aero Kit (Front Bumper / Sideskirts / Rear Bumper / Rear Under Spoiler / Rear Wing)
Traditional but Effective NA Tuning!
This MCR V35 was built to defeat the Porsche GT3. This theme was introduced first in the Option Magazine. This machine was the only machine that entered as a V35.
The engine consists of full Nismo internals. Not only did MCR use these highly prized parts, but decided to hone the cylinder head, blueprint and balance, modified the valve guides, just to name a few.
The tuning level of this engine is above the rest, possibly the best one out there. This superior performance machine pulled a whopping 328 horses on the Dynapack.
"The suspension was very difficult to set. " clams Kobayashi from MCR. The rear suspension is a stock layout where the spring and the shock are not together as one, and a 16kg/mm spring was the limit for this setup.
However, this vehicle has a wheel base that is 20cm longer than the Z33 and the front and rear tread are 35cm smaller. At the 100R turn and the S turn section, this machine shall be above the Z33. Knowing that the V35 is still a very good competitor against the Z33, MCR had brought out a serious machine.
Intensive Customization
Tons of work like adjusting the weight of pistons and connecting rods, adjusting the clearance of piston rings, cutting the valve seat, and more custom fabrication were done. There were too much to list.
Rear Suspension
There is a 7kg/mm margin of safety when using the 16kg/mm springs on this setup. Here, a coilover setup was installed, increasing the spring rate setting range.
Specific Settings Can be Done
A Tein Super Racing suspension kit were installed after modifying the Tein Type CS MCR version. The suspension sports a separate gas shock tank system and can be set to 20 different levels.
Lightweight Transformation
MCR's weight reduction style is to shed the weight while still retaining the stock interior. This is their policy and have been sticking with it for many races. The airbags have been removed and the Carbon FRP seats were installed to weigh in at 3200 lbs.
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[Machine Introduction]

[Comment before the race: Mr. Kobayashi]
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