Two Nissan 370Zs for 2013 ARC
- 1st October 2012, 9:29am
Nic Box and Danny Williamson will have the driver responsibilities in brand new Nissan 370Zs.
The cars will be prepared at Allstar Garage in Perth by current ARC driver Nic Box. The cars will built from the ground up to the latest G2 spec to take on the lighter front wheel drive cars expected to be leading the championship next year.
Nic Box said “We have a weight disadvantage with the 370Z but we are confident the high tech VQ37 V6 engine will produce the horsepower required reliably, and be competitive against the smaller, lighter competition. Nissan have produced a great platform to work with, and with the new G2 rules we are excited about what we can do with the 370Z.”
Nic Box is confident after some development over the first few events next year the Nissan’s will be mixing it up with the best out there. “To some the 370Z may seem an unusual choice, but after having a closer look at what we have to work with, I believe the 370Z has real potential and we are hoping that it will prove to be extremely competitive in the short term. I wouldn’t be interested if I didn’t think the cars were capable of winning stages outright,” stated Box.
The 2013 Australian Rally Championship will be the start of an exciting new era, moving away from the usual dominance of Mitsubishi and Subaru, with a much broader variety of manufacturers expected to share the spotlight.
That said, even with all the new cars entering the competition, the 370Zs will be something different again with most cars next year expected to be based on front wheel drive hatchbacks. A 3.7l V6 rear wheel drive sports coupe will be certainly a favourite with the spectators. Jack Monkhouse with his Nissan Silvia has proven that cars like these can be competitive in the right hands.
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