BTR Driver Profile: Chris Nelson with his 1993 Nissan 300ZX

The big notable thing about this car is it's one of the highest horsepower stock engine/stock turbo cars out there in the Z32 300zx world. Most people are in the high 300 up to low 400 horsepower range with their stock turbos and stock engines and in January of 2017 this car made 494 horsepower at the wheels. This was done on E85 with the tiny stock turbos maxing out at 25.5psi! I think the trick here is the fact that we're using a highly tunable standalone ECU from Adaptronic, we have all the "breather mods" done for intake and exhaust, and the car is running E85 fuel. It seems that E85 is not popular in the 300zx communities but we're convinced it's the holy grail to making power on a turbo car.



What is the year/make/model of your car?
1993 Nissan 300zx Twin Turbo

What is something really notable about it? Horsepower, rare or special modification, something nobody else has done to theirs?
The big notable thing about this car is it's one of the highest horsepower stock engine/stock turbo cars out there in the Z32 300zx world. Most people are in the high 300 up to low 400 horsepower range with their stock turbos and stock engines and in January of 2017 this car made 494 horsepower at the wheels. This was done on E85 with the tiny stock turbos maxing out at 25.5psi! I think the trick here is the fact that we're using a highly tunable standalone ECU from Adaptronic, we have all the "breather mods" done for intake and exhaust, and the car is running E85 fuel. It seems that E85 is not popular in the 300zx communities but we're convinced it's the holy grail to making power on a turbo car.


Why did you build your car the way you did?
It's totally possible to throw bigger turbos on a Z32 and blow the doors off the 700hp mark, it's practically common... but I love the 300zx and wanted to keep the feel and spirit of the car in tact as much as possible all while extracting the most power out of it as possible. So no internal engine work was done, the turbos were not modified at all, just bolt-ons. If I really wanted to make "the most power" I would LS swap it and then turbocharge it and make 1,200hp! You can throw parts at any car to magnify the stock horsepower, but this project is all about maximizing the capabilities of how Nissan built it in the first place.


Are you done with it? If not, what's next?
You know, the car made 494 horsepower, and it feels strong and probably fairly safe to drive... but we kept getting excess backpressure in the exhaust blowing the wastegates open and kept losing boost. Max boost at 25.5psi but then quickly dropped down to around 17psi. That really bummed me out so I want to pull the motor and put in some aftermarket wastegate actuators with a higher spring pressure. We'll do that then go back to the dyno and hopefully sustain a higher boost level for a longer period of time.

What's your favorite thing about the type of car you have?
I think the car is way ahead of its time. The technologically advanced electronics, stuffing an amazing TT V6 with rear wheel steering in this tiny car is just crazy! Let alone the fact that the interior feels amazing and is gorgeous. All of those things paired with the timeless look of the body just blows my mind. You don't see a car that is this impressive every day in form, function and technology. It is just a marvel of an automobile and that makes it special. It's of course very fun to drive with high horsepower potential and I want to celebrate what makes this car special. No wild body kits or engine swaps or custom interiors here, just "upgraded" OEM beauty.

What's your favorite thing to DO with your car?
I have some other cars that all kind of do one thing better than the other - all show no go, or vice versa, but this car is both show-worthy, and race track ready. So other than cruising around town, this car is perfectly at home at the car show or race track. I would prefer to race this car than to show it at a car show, but could do either one just fine.

If you HAD to start over with the same car and do it all again, what would you do differently?
The guy I bought this from already had this vision of stock engine / stock turbo, and that's what I got excited about. I adopted his vision and ironed it out in my opinion. I added my own personal style to it and just kept pushing the project in the same direction that he was headed in. I wouldn't do it any different, because this build is very purposeful, nothing here was done on a whim or by accident. It's a beautiful specimen that doesn't need any body kits or flashy interiors, it's just a fast version of the stock car.

What is your mod list (be very particular and specific):
ENGINE/PERFORMANCE:
  • Stock Long Block, Heads and Turbos
  • Dual JWT 370z Intakes
  • GHK mod done to the bypass valves
  • Rob Z 62mm Billet Aluminum Throttle Bodies
  • Adaptronic "Select" Standalone ECU
  • Remote Mount LS Coil Pack Ignition Conversation
  • PTU Delete
  • Ash 2.5" Planar Kit
  • Z1 2.5" Intercooler Piping
  • Z1 B.A. 2.5" SMIC's
  • MSP Turbo Manifolds. (Ceramic coated)
  • AMS 3" Downpipes (ceramic coated)
  • Z1 3" Test Pipes
  • Custom 3" Inch Catback
  • ATI Super Damper Harmonic Balancer
  • Unorthodox Racing Lightweight Underdrive Power Steering Pump Pulley
  • BDE Aluminum Engine Mounts
  • Full Deletes: EGR, PCV, Carbon Canister, PRVR, Coolant Water Line Bypass ETC...
  • Ashspecz Double-Pass Radiator with Fiberglass Shroud and SPAL Fan Kit
  • Stainless Engine Bolt Kit with Finishers
  • Shaved and Polished Intake Manifold Plenum
  • Winfactory Hood Struts
  • Z1 Lockout Bar
  • 19-Row Setrab Oil Cooler
  • Body-Color Matched Painted Valve Covers, Charge Piping and Timing Covers
  • Blackworks Racing Oil Catch Can in Original Battery Location
SUSPENSION:
  • Energy Suspension Bushings everywhere they can go
  • Complete HICAS Delete
  • Z1 Solid Subframe Bushings
  • Tanabe GF210 Lowering Springs
  • SPC Rear RUCA
  • SPC Rear Traction Arms
BRAKES:
  • EBC Red Stuff Brake Pads
  • OEM Refurbished / Powder Coated Calipers
  • Slotted/Drilled Rotors
  • Stoptech SS Brake Lines
DRIVETRAIN:
  • SZ High Five Clutch
  • Stock Flywheel
  • J Spec Transmission
  • Z1 Short Throw
  • Nismo Transmission Mount
  • EP Racing 1-Piece Driveshaft
FUEL SYSTEM:
  • Injector dynamic 1700cc injectors
  • BDE Top Feed Rails with Return Line
  • Modified Linkage to Keep Cruise with Aftermarket TB's
  • Black Stainless AN Fuel Lines
  • Aeromotive Compact FPR
  • Walbro 485 Fuel Pump
  • Fuel Filter Relocation with Russell Filter/AN -6 Conversation
  • -6 AN Fully Converted Hardlines and Fuel System
  • Flex Fuel Sensor monitored by ECU (adapts for 91 octane or E85 automatically)
WHEELS/TIRES:
  • Work Meister S1 3-Piece Wheels:
  • Front: 18x835 +24 R Disc, 58mm Lip (Required Fender Rolling)
  • Rear: 18x10 +22 R Disc, 96mm Lip (Required Fender Rolling/Pulling)
  • Toyo Proxes R888 Tires:
  • Front: 245/40ZR18
  • Rear: 275/35ZR18
INTERIOR/ELECTRONICS:
  • Autometer Triple Gauge Pillar Pod
  • 300 Degree Din Gauge Mount
  • AEM Digital Oil Pressure Gauge
  • AEM Digital Fuel Pressure Gauge
  • AEM Digital Water Temp Gauge
  • AEM Digital X2 UEGO Wideband Gauges
  • AEM Digital Tru Goost Gauge / Controller
  • 170 Amp WPS Alternator
  • Adaptronic "Select" Standalone ECU with SSI-4 for Fuel and Wideband Inputs
  • Kenwood Excelon Stereo Head Unit
  • OEM Tan Leather Seats
  • Black Leather with Tan Stitching Door Handles
  • Black Leather with Tan Stitching Shift Boot
  • Black Leather with Tan Stitching Shift Knob
  • Black Leather with Tan Stitching E-Brake Boot
  • Black Leather with Tan Stitching E-Brake Knob
  • Black Suede Sparco Steering Wheel
  • Battery Relocation to Spare Tire Area
  • Braille Low Profile Battery with Aluminum Mount
  • Main Under-Hood Fuse Box Relocated to Spare Tire Area
EXTERIOR:
  • Twin Z Front Bumper
  • Smoked Front Corner Lights
  • Smoked Rear Side Marker Lights
  • OEM JDM Tail Lights
  • 20% Window Tint
  • Twin Z Type 3 Rear Wing
  • VIS Racing OEM Style Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Aerocatch Plus-Flush Hood Pins
  • Twin Z Vented Nose Panel

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Black Top Racing Info: BTR Driver Profile: Chris Nelson with his 1993 Nissan 300ZX
BTR Driver Profile: Chris Nelson with his 1993 Nissan 300ZX
The big notable thing about this car is it's one of the highest horsepower stock engine/stock turbo cars out there in the Z32 300zx world. Most people are in the high 300 up to low 400 horsepower range with their stock turbos and stock engines and in January of 2017 this car made 494 horsepower at the wheels. This was done on E85 with the tiny stock turbos maxing out at 25.5psi! I think the trick here is the fact that we're using a highly tunable standalone ECU from Adaptronic, we have all the "breather mods" done for intake and exhaust, and the car is running E85 fuel. It seems that E85 is not popular in the 300zx communities but we're convinced it's the holy grail to making power on a turbo car.
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