「Smokey Nagata Meets The Fairlady Z General Manager!」The Story of The New Z’s Development
Published : 2020/10/06 15:34 Modified : 2020/10/06 15:34
Smokey Nagata meets Nissan’s Hiroshi Tamura face to face in front of the new Z!
「The shape of the rear fender is stunning」says Smokey Nagata
The Nissan Fairlady Z prototype was recently digitally unveiled on YouTube, attracting worldwide attention. There were various reactions throughout the tuning industry, but among them the speed junkie himself, Smokey Nagata, has great expectations for this car.
When Smokey Nagata learned that the Fairlady Z Prototype was on display at the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, he couldn’t keep himself away for long. He took a day off and arranged a private viewing.
Upon arrival at the scene, he was greeted by Mr. Tamura, general manager of the Fairlady Z! It seems these two actually have a familiar relationship and are often in contact. In any case, it was lucky for us that OPTION was there to witness the event.
This was a great conversation to catch dialogue between the two figures. When asked about the reaction after finishing the unveil, Mr. Tamura told us, “I’m happy and impressed with the response, but this is only the starting line. From here, we will no doubt be busy with developments so we will continue to push and do our best with the car”.
He went on to say, “We’ve said it before, but I’m in the clear to say that this design is near the final version. We’d also like to adopt a two-tone body color option as well.”
Smokey told us, “The shape of the rear fender is stunning. Its a really simple but beautiful design. I want to get my hands on one as soon as possible.” It seems that he can’t hide his excitement for the car’s potential.
Upon hearing Smokey’s remark, Mr. Tamura responded, “The rear form was a particular point of focus. We spent a lot of time thinking about the design from the rear.”
About the powertrain, he stayed vague saying “I’ll leave it up to your imagination.” Still, we can expect the car to get an improved version of the VR30DDTT from the Skyline 400R mated with the Z34’s 6-speed transmission. This will be a great combination.
Smokey continued with his analysis: “It’s difficult to judge since its still a prototype, but the brakes and tires have the same spec as the R35 GT-R. This means it should develop around 500hp right? The standard model could be around 400hp with 500hp in the NISMO spec perhaps? The aerodynamics are well thought out so we could be looking at a car that can exceed 300km/h.”
The price is also a point of interest. “In the tradition of the Fairlady Z, it must come within a price range that remains somewhat affordable,” he says. We expect that range to be somewhere in the 4.9 million yen to 6.9 million yen ballpark.
“I have a lot to tell you about this car, but as I’m sure you know, I can’t reveal it all yet. I want you to look closely at this prototype and imagine various things in your mind,” says Tamura standing next to his hard work illuminated by the spotlight.
Smokey laughed, saying, “We don’t have anything to worry about. Tamura was in charge of development for the BNR34 and R35 GT-R se we are in good hands here.”
If you want to lay eyes on the new Z prototype, you can see it for a limited time at the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama’s Minato-Mirai district. It will be displayed until October 23rd. Why not come take a look for yourself?
●SPECIAL THANKS：Nissan Pavilion 6-2-1 Minato-Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture