Not So Professional Virtual Racing Driver
- The UK
- JR98 GAMING
With the launch of the 350Z in 2003, and with the JGTC transforming into SUPER GT in 2005, Nissan replaced the ageing R34 GT-R with the 350Z for the GT500 class. Several privateer teams also took to the track in GT300 spec 350Z's, and continue to be used for several years. While the GT-R replaced the 350Z in 2007, the 350Z continued to be used by teams in the GT300 class, mainly due to the GT-R not being eligible for homologation in the GT300 class.
After this 350Z finished racing in 2008, it was sold to Radni Mohlampour in 2015 who purchased both it and a GT300 spec Silvia. It was then entered at Gatebil, a Norwegian racing event that sees cars often pushing over 1000HP tackling the Rudskogen track. On paper the Z surely had no chance of keeping up with the opposition, with the 3.5 V6 producing just 315HP, but with Oskar Sandberg behind the wheel the Z qualified on pole and managed to finish second.
Despite being a 10-year-old chassis, the results at Gatebil go to show just how potent the Z33 remains. This being a GT300 car – albeit wearing GT500 bodywork – it’s restricted with 24mm restrictor plates. With the restrictors removed though, it’s capable of producing 480HP.
Body Style: 2 Door Coupe
Engine: NISMO 3.5 V6
Aspiration: Naturally Aspirated
Drivetrain: Front Engine Rear Wheel Drive
Power: 315 BHP (480 BHP Unrestricted)
Torque: 300 FT-LBS
Weight: 1080 KG
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual Sequential