240Z Build & Motor Trend Track Challenge Against 370Z

This 1970 Datsun 240Z is the subject of a 31 page-and-counting build thread by it’s owner/builder, forum member “gmac708” on Nicoclub.com. He originally picked the car up in Arizona in 2009,  then put it on a trailer and brought it home to Ohio where he promptly set about stripping it apart in preparation of an epic build, certainly unaware of the publicity that lurked ahead for himself and “Betzy”. Everything is addressed during the project build, from brakes to suspension, with the crown jewel being the RB26 Nissan Skyline GTR RB26 DETT engine that he stuffed into it, which ended up dynoing in at 360 whp with 9 lbs of boost. On the following page, find the majority of the thread’s build pictures featured in the right column, as usual how we do it here at CBI, then watch it go up against a new generation, fully modded 370Z on the race track in a 17 minute video put together by Motor Trend magazine.
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Oftentimes, a lengthy photo series can speak far more eloquently than a bunch of bumbling words put together by us in a feeble attempt to try and explain another man’s genius creation. We are always in awe of anybody who can build a vehicle like this to such a high standard in their own home garage.
“Before” pictures above, “during” and “after” pictures below. ‘Nuff said.
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Once completed, it’s owner, Gordon MacSwain entered this Motor Trend Challenge and quickly became one of the finalists:
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Not surprisingly, his car ended up as the winner to go up against the “Project 370Z “, which Nissan created by asking their fans to help them put together the ultimate 370Z track car with their picks as their parts of choice. Once completed, Nissan fans then voted for Gordon’s 240z to compete against it at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two car’s specs are shown below:
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How would you think they fared against each other?

The results are given in the form of numbers, with basically zero feedback from the driver about either car’s characteristics. If numbers were the determining factor, then any number of wild car comparisons could be concocted up. The real question is, which one was more fun to drive? Isn’t that what it’s really all about? Statistics won’t tell you that result…
Find the full build thread here at:

Originally posted 2013-11-27 18:00:40.

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