This insane Nissan 370Zki snowmobile will be presented at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on February 7, 2018

The latest teaser Nissan showed us had an image of the snowy mountains with an audio of what we thought was the 370Z’s engine sound. To cap off the teaser, it was introduced as the 370Zki. Well, if you want to see this Nissan snowmobile for yourself, check out this two-door snowmobile at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. And before you get too excited, we will already tell you that this is not for sale.

Having said that, it does not mean that it is impossible for you to customize one, it’s just that it may be quite difficult and impractical. To do this, you will have to order tracks and skis from American Track Truck. And then a highly capable person should be able to attach it to a tiny sports car. That’s where it becomes tricky. For this unit, the entire driveline had to be scrapped.

This process involves lifting the car by three inches all around, which needed a custom lift kit. But even that was not enough space for the tracks that measure four feet on the ground. Of course, other necessary things like custom mounts for the rear springs, and three-inch wheel spacers were added to get the tracks away from the car. Both the exhaust and the brake lines were rerouted, while the rear wheel wells were modified so the tracks won’t chew up the body. All that change was just for the back.

The modifications done up front were not as tedious but the wheel well still required some lifting. Though the original hubs were retained, adapters were needed and more wheel spacers were needed to keep the skis apart. Of course, custom mounts were needed for the engine and transmission, while keeping ice chunks or other debris from damaging car parts underneath. Custom skid plates were also added.

As for the interior, the automaker did not provide us with images, so we are assuming that it will have the same features as the regular 370 Z model.

What powers the 370Zki is the same engine from the original model. That refers to a 332 horsepower (248 kilowatts) engine paired with a seven speed automatic transmission. We don’t know just how much heavier it is now after adding all the extra bits.

It’s not like top speed and cornering abilities really are our main issue. But can you imagine driving through snow covered trails and slopes? That would be pretty awesome. This is perfect for those -20 degree conditions, where there is no way for regular cars to drive up snow slopes.

At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the 370Zki will be on display alongside the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol SUV.

Press Release

Nissan 370Zki brings new meaning to “winter sports” at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Nissan is getting into the winter sports spirit this month with a specially constructed, one-off 370Z Roadster “snowmobile.” Dubbed the “370Zki” – pronounced “370-Ski” – the 332-horsepower 370Z Roadster is ready to tackle ski slopes and backwoods trails alike with its front skis and rear snow tracks replacing the iconic sports car’s usual high performance tires. The Nissan 370Zki makes its world debut this week at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Nissan 370Zki

“The Nissan 370Zki continues our recent tradition of bringing imaginative winter vehicle concepts to the Chicago Auto Show. With the Nissan Z’s long heritage of motorsports competition, the 370Zki seemed like a natural combination,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Prior to its debut here in Chicago, we put the 370Zki through its paces on the slopes in Wyoming where its performance heritage really came through.”

Transforming the factory stock 370Z Roadster to the snow track-carving 370Zki presented a few understandable obstacles. To make room for the rear DOMINATOR® Tracks from American Track Truck, Inc., the entire drivetrain was first removed from the 370Z Roadster. Then a custom lift kit was designed and engineered, lifting the vehicle three inches from the normal height. Next came fabrication of custom mountings for the rear suspension springs and three-inch custom spacers to mount the snow tracks to the wheel hubs. The factory brakes were retained but the brake lines had to be rerouted and the exhaust system was modified to fit under the vehicle. The rear wheel wells were also modified for clearance of the four-foot long snow tracks.

In front, the suspension was modified to accommodate the new ride height, and adaptors were made to allow the appropriate travel and rotation for the front skis – which were also supplied by American Track Truck, Inc. – and mounted with spacers to the stock wheel hubs. The engine and transmission also had to be custom-mounted and a front skid plate fabricated to prevent damage during snow excursions.

By comparison, the cosmetic part of the conversion was relatively easy. The custom body wrap was created and applied by Icon Image Graphics and the headlights were tinted yellow to resemble ski goggles.

“Nissan’s full range of winter adventure-ready vehicles will be on display throughout the Chicago Auto Show, from our best-selling Rogue AWD to the powerful TITAN 4x4 and TITAN XD 4x4 lineups,” said Bunce. It’s also fun to shake things up with something totally unexpected once in a while – and that’s the Nissan 370Zki.”

Nissan 370Zki Project Build Specifications

Base Vehicle: Nissan 370Z Roadster

Drivetrain: 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6, 7-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive

Top: Cloth power-folding roof with fabric inner liner

Modifications:

Part/system

Supplier/modification

DOMINATOR® Tracks

Width 15 inches

Length 48 inches

Height 30 inches

American Track Truck, Inc.

Front skis

Width 12 inches

Length 56 inches

American Track Truck, Inc.

Wheel wells

Opened up, front and rear

Wheel spacers

3-inch front and rear

Suspension

Custom mounting fabrication front and rear

Brakes

Factory spec front and rear, relocated – including brake lines

Steering

Factory spec

Engine

Factory spec 3.7-liter V6, 332 hp, 270 lb-ft torque

Body wrap

Icon Image Graphics

The Nissan 370Zki will be on public display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 10th through Feb. 19th at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Also on display will be a custom Nissan Armada Snow Patrol SUV.

Source: Nissan

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