The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas is about to start and Nissan won't itself be outdone by other carmakers. In fact, Nissan will be gracing the 2018 SEMA Show with five one-off vehicles, including a 400-hp Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 that combines the latest technology with the Z heritage aesthetics.
Leading the charge for the Japanese carmaker is the Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 project car that combines a number of OEM, aftermarket and bespoke fabricated parts. A track-only project car, the Project Clubsport 23 makes use of performance parts that have been tested and developed in Motorsports, as sourced from most respected suppliers. As Nissan Motorsports and MA Motorsports intended, the Project Clubsport 23 is an ongoing parts development platform, which means its looks might be different months from the 2018 SEMA Show.
The Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 was based on a 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO deprived of its original 350-hp 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine. In its stead is a factory 400-hp 3.0-liter VR30DDTT twin-turbo V6 mill. The main challenge in the project car was how to mate a VR30DDTT engine to the 370Z NISMO's six-speed manual transmission – something that has never been done before. To achieve this MA Motorsports developed a new clutch disc, cover and flywheel assembly and installed a NISMO GT LSD Pro-Carbon two-way differential cooled by an MA Motorsports Differential Cooler.
This project car also features a fabricated dual exhaust system, an AMS Performance heat exchanger, MA Motorsports power steering cooler as well as Z1 Motorsports radiator and intercooler silicone coolant hoses. Also installed on the Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 are an AMS Performance Cold Air Intake kit and Z1 Motorsports blow-off valves.
Stopping power comes courtesy of NISMO HC Street/Track brake pads, Z1Motorsports 2-piece slotted rotors as well as NISMO stainless steel brake lines. Its suspension features newly released NISMO front and rear suspension components, NISMO 3-piece body brace set as well as KW Variant 3 coil-over shock kit and Eibach rear springs. The Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 rides on NISMO-branded RAYS cast aluminum-alloy 18 x 10.5-inch wheels shod in Hankook RS4 285/35R18 high performance tires.
Aside from the Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23, Nissan will also be showing off a Chris Forsberg Formula DRIFT 370Z, Kicks Sound Machine, Ultimate Service TITAN as well as PAWS ONE Animal Rescue TITAN at the 2018 SEMA Show.
The Formula DRIFT 370Z is a true drift car piloted by Chris Forsberg, a three-time Formula Drift Champion. As it name discloses, the Nissan Kicks Sound Machine is a car for the audiophile, as fitted with the Bose Personal Plus sound system with eight speakers and proprietary Bose signal processing, as well as a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose UltraNearfield neodymium speakers placed on driver's seat head rest.
In addition, the Nissan Ultimate Service TITAN is essentially a TITAN XD Diesel Midnight Edition Crew Cab -- with a Cummins 5.0-L V8 Turbo Diesel engine under its hood – that has been reborn as a mobile response unit created with the American Red Cross in South Florida. This mobile response unit features a bed and first aid kit; a desk, solar power generator and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot; and a built-in refrigerator for its stored blood. Nissan’s 2018 SEMA lineup is completed by the PAWS ONE TITAN, which is basically an animal rescue vehicle built from a 2018 Nissan TITAN XD Gas PRO-4X.