Nissan are ready for the slopes with the Nissan 370Zki

The Nissan 370Z is getting a bit on the older side nowadays, its still a great driving reliable sports car that can still compete with its much fresher newer competitors. But it’s the boring choice, when somebody asks you the question what are you driving now? And you answer the 370Z there is never a follow up question. The 370Z doesn’t need one it’s a known quantity. But like most sports cars (particularly convertibles) it does struggle when it gets cold. Driving a rear wheel drive car in the snow can be a scary experience as the front wheels seem to offer no indication of what direction you’re going.

 

To combat this clearly dire error on their part Nissan have unveiled a new version of the Nissan 370Z to directly address the cars winter issues. The Nissan 370Zki (pronounced 370 Ski) is what happens when you cross a convertible Japanese sports car and a snowmobile. Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show the 370Zki uses a set of ‘Dominator’ tracks from American Track Truck inc and a set of custom skis instead of the front wheels also from American Track Truck inc. The Nissan 370Zki is only a custom car for the show as explained by Michael Bunce, Vice President of product planning at Nissan North America: “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”.

 

You would be surprised as to how much modification was needed to create the 370Zki, a custom lift kit was used to raise the standard car 3 inches, along with aftermarket springs and wheel spacers at the rear to ensure the tracks would fit onto the little convertible. The only other issues the team ran into were rerouting the standard brake lines and exhaust. The front end only saw modification to the suspension to ensure the skis could turn sufficiently, the skis were fitted to the standard wheel hubs with some spacers. The engine and gearbox were custom mounted but remained mechanically standard.

 

So expect the 370Zki to be roaming around your local high street next time there a light sprinkling of snow. It’s an insane creation and could only have come out of America. What I love about the 370Zki though is that it was created in house, its just a bit of fun which is something I feel the motor industry has lost over the years, not everything needs to be a dominating road warrior built to beat the world, sometimes a car can just be a bit of fun.

What do you think about the Nissan 370Zki, let us know in the comments.

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