Do you prefer a time attack car or a desert racing truck?
This year's SEMA show is stacking up to be one of the greats. Nissan has brought some real heat to the show this year, and our two favorites are the amped-up Nissan Global Time Attack TT 370Z and Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, the second of which gains a couple of extra cylinders for hammering through the badlands.
The transformation of Nissan's inoffensive mid-sized truck is extensive and starts with an engine swap. Nissan has pulled out the 4.0-liter V6 engine and replaced it with a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 from a Nissan Titan full-size pickup. That engine has also been rebuilt and turbocharged in order to make over 600 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque.
From there, power for the Frontier Desert Runner is transferred through the drivetrain by a Nissan 6-speed manual transmission with a Jim Wolf Technology clutch and lightweight flywheel. Just as aggressive is the suspension modification, which features a BTF Fabrication long-travel front suspension kit, King Racing Triple Bypass front shocks and coilovers, and rear King Racing Triple Bypass shocks matched to Giant Motorsports Link Killer rear leaf springs. The rubber that meets the dirt is 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires mounted on Fifteen52 TurboMac HD wheels. On the outside, those are Fiberworx Pre Runner fenders fitted by MA Motorsports, who also fabricated the new bumpers and custom spare tire carrier.
The Nissan Global Time Attack TT 370Z is a wild 750 hp monster featuring a full custom carbon-fiber aerodynamic package that includes a 3D front splitter, rear diffuser, and sideboards. Work started with a stripped-down, acid-dipped 370Z unibody with anything not needed for the track removed. A full cage keeps the driver safe and stiffens the chassis, and the 370Z VQ series 3.7-liter V6 was rebuilt with Garrett GTX 3076 turbochargers. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through an HGT Precision 6-speed sequential transmission with a Tilton custom clutch and a Nismo GT-R Pro 1.5 way differential.
Nismo racing components were used in the custom-built suspension and steering systems, and a Nismo radiator and multiple other cooling systems keep all the fluids at the right temperatures. Stopping power is provided by a custom Brembo brake system, and the rubber meeting the track is from Yokohama and mounted on RAYS Volk ZE40 Diamond Dark Gunmetal 18x11-inch alloys. Inside is a single OMP HRC-R Carbon Air FIA race seat for the driver to sit in, a custom-fabricated instrument panel for the driver to look at, and a quick-release steering wheel to hold.