All-Gamer Nissan 370Z takes podium finish at Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 16, 2012

The All-Gamer Nissan 370Z marked the end of the "Road to Dubai" with a podium finish at the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai for the 2011 winners Bryan Heitkotter and Jann Mardenborough. They were joined by 2008 and 2010 GT Academy winners Lucas Ordonez and Jordan Tresson.

Mardenborough took the checkered flag in the 24-hour competitive racing where all four players showcased their skills behind the wheel. He also brought home a race vehicle without any damage, which is a remarkable achievement after an endurance race.

Mardenborough said that the event was "without doubt the weekend of my life," comparing it to winning the GT Academy in June. He added that it is "just the first step" for him and hopes that his performance in Dubai can take him further.

Heitkotter commented that he was "so pleased" in achieving a good result in their first international 24-hour race. He related that they have "worked hard" in the past six months in order to get to this point.

He also provided insight that one can reach goals if one focuses on them and works hard. Ordonez, who was the first winner of the GT Academy, began his career in international racing in Dubai three years ago. Currently, his journey has led him all the way to a class podium in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Compared to any other region in the world, Europe is likely where average speeds are the highest. At the same time, Europe is also where one can find the most demanding of roads, and quite possibly, some of the worst maintained there is.

This did not deter the chassis engineers working at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe as they faced these two issues head-on and fined-tuned that chassis of the 2011 Nissan 370Z.

While it makes use of a double wishbone suspension on the front and multi-link ones on the rear, the main focus was to retune the dampers to make it fit for European customers. This also enhanced handling at high speed while improving ride comfort. Specifically, the changes to the chassis were done for the Roadster and the Coupe variants.

There are other changes as well like improving the road noise isolation for the Coupe. For both the Coupe and the Roadster fitted with automatic transmission, the “Snow” setting has been revised to allow better grip on snow or ice.

A new feature is the tire pressure monitoring system which helps improve safety. While there is still the satellite navigation system called the Nissan Premium Connect, integrated to it is a rear view camera allowing for easier, and of course safer, reverse.

The changes are not limited to the chassis as there are some significant, yet subtle, revisions done to the design as well. The goal was to strengthen its position as the leader in addition to highlighting the prestige of the 370Z as one of the market’s most thrilling pure bred sports cars.

Simon Thomas, who is the Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for Nissan in Europe, shared that the various enhancements done for the 370Z are part of the continuous development program of the brand when it comes to its products. A large part of this change was to fine tune the chassis for the Europe market, he added. With these changes, he continued, this makes the 2011 370Z not only the most popular there is but also one that is fun to drive.

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