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Technical Corner : Feature Car Last Updated: Aug 16th, 2006 - 11:01:00

Gary Johnson's Nissan 350Z
By Jacob Isaac-Lowry
Oct 17, 2004, 23:05

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The new AutomotiveArticles.com Feature Car is Gary Johnson's red 2003 Nissan 350Z Performance model. When building this feature car, the goal was not all out performance. Instead this sleek street ride is a heading turning blend of style, performance, and detail. An extremely nice daily driver indeed. This Z features all the creature comforts of a daily street driven work horse while touting an impressive aftermarket increase in horsepower.

The 350Z's Current Mods

  • GReddy twin turbo kit (TD05 18G's)
  • GReddy front mount intercooler
  • GReddy Type S BOV
  • RS*R cat-back exhaust
  • GReddy E-manage
  • GReddy Profec e-01 boost controller
  • GReddy turbo timer

  • Stock for now

  • Pioneer indash DVD player
  • 2 LCD visor monitors
  • 2-10" Phoenix Gold Titanium Subs
  • Lanzar Opti-drive 2500 Amp
  • MB Quart components

  • 19" Volk TE37s (8.5" Front, 10.5" Rear)
  • Clear Corners
  • Grillecraft Grille
  • Carbon fiber B-pillar covers

  • Revising audio setup to 2-12" Kicker L7 subs in a false floor (rear)
  • Soon to have custom fiberglass work on the center console
  • Possible motor actuators for the rear
  • Red 350Z Front mount intercooler hiding behind the Grillecraft grill Red 350Z Red 350Z Close up of the 19 inch white TE-37's Red 350Z Carbon fiber B-pillar cover Custom amp install with neons 10 inch sub tucked behind the seats The DVD player, e-01, and turbo timer A underhood shot, notice the clean TT install Close up of the powered up e-01

    Currently, the Z is used as Gary's daily driver, representing the Sherwin-Williams paint company well as it zips Gary from client to client. Although not officially designed for racing, this stand out sports car has seen its fair share of street challenges. Most recently, Gary met up lane to lane with a new body Trans Am a few days after the GReddy TT install. Although the T/A had at least an aftermarket exhaust; when the light dropped, it was still no match for the VQ35 and two 18G's.

    It would seem to us here at AA that putting down 350 horsepower would make anyone want to do nothing but race, however Gary has different plans for this feature car. Very soon this beautiful 350Z will be retired from the daily grind in order to be prepared for next year's show circuits. With much of the attention being placed on the interior styling of the car and a twin turbo kit alread installed, it should be very interesting to see how this project turns out.

    Don't forget to check back soon to get the scoop on AutomotiveArticles.com next Feature Car.
    Keep the applications coming. Who knows, your car could be next!

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