This GT500-inspired Nissan Z Racecar is the work of an independent automotive designer, and it looks epicby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 02:15
The long-awaited Nissan Z has finally been unveiled. With that out of the way, many wonder, what’s next? We know there will be a NISMO version at some point and, no doubt, there will be a facelift in a couple of years, especially if they make it as long as the 370Z (I hope not). Nissan has a rich racing history and the Z is a big part of it, which is why independent automotive designer and illustrator, JONSIBAL is introducing a JGTC-inspired version of the new Z.
The video showcases JONSIBAL’s vision of a Nissan Z competition version.
The project is inspired by Nissan’s GT500 racecars from the Japanese Grand Touring Series.
The car is actually inspired by Leen Customs pins while managing to stay true to Nissan’s racing heritage.
JONSIBAL’s Z is finished in black matt, which further accentuates the silver katana that separates the roof from the side windows. We hope the design elements will be kept for a real-life racing version of the car. You can also see the number 23 on the side, which has a symbolic meaning for the brand. In Japanese “23” is actually pronounced “Nee San” (or something like that), so you can see why many of Nissan’s race cars featured the number 23 throughout the years.
JONSIBAL has done a great job at replicating a Nissan GT500 racecar. You get the obligatory flared fenders with a floating design that channel air along the side of the body, towards the big rear wing and massive rear diffuser. It’s actually very reminiscent of the 2007 NISMO Fairlady Z GT500 or the NISMO GT-R GT500 racers.
The independent designer actually did this for the launch of Leen Customs’ new pins that are dropping in at the Formula Drift Long Beach. This particular project, based on the Nissan Z is inspired by the rare Chase edition, of which only 100 will be made. We think it looks awesome, as it is a perfect continuation of Nissan’s GT500 racecars.
|Models||2022 Nissan Z|
|Engine||3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6|
|Transmission||6-speed manual w/ rev-matching or 9-speed shiftable automatic w/ launch control|
|0-60 MPH (seconds)||TBD|