Hard to tell, but it’s definitely one of the best-sounding 350Zs out there

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We’ve seen our fair share of tuned Nissan 350Z over the sports car’s long career. Some are good examples of what a tweaked Z should be while other are festivals of tasteless work. Mountainpass Performance’s 350Z falls in the first category. Even more, it’s built with racing in mind (not street racing, though) and it even packs an electric motor.

Is This REALLY The Fastest Nissan 350Z On The Planet?
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In case you’re not familiar with the work of Mountain Pass Performance, here’s the deal: they develop tuning kits (of the soft ilk) for Teslas but in their spare time, they find the energy and inspiration to work on more race-related projects. Enter the hybrid Nissan 350Z, which got an electric motor because mo’ powa, babeh.

To smoothen then transition to hybrid power, Mountain Pass Performance developed its own software in-house using MoTeC electronics. On the hardware front, the 350Z rocks the original V-6 (albeit tuned like crazy to a displacement of 4.2 liters) and a Phi-Power racing-spec e-motor.

Is This REALLY The Fastest Nissan 350Z On The Planet?
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All in all, the EV bits add 200 horsepower for a grand total of 800 horsepower to propel what Mountain Pass calls one of the, if not the fastest naturally-aspirated time attack cars in North America.

Power for the e-motor comes from a BMW i8 battery pack that together with other components such as a KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) pushed towards the rear axle helps the 350Z attain a 51/49 weight distribution. The car also has three driving modes: EV, Gasoline, and Hybrid which means it can actually run on battery power alone, albeit over short distances.

In the video below, the hybridized Z goes for a hot lap on Canada’s high-speed Mosport circuit (aka Canadian Tire Motorsport Park), one of North America’s fastest tracks, and it simply kicks ass. Check it out!

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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