Easy & Nimble: The Mizukami Auto 240ZG

Hold it easy, make it nimble. It’s not fairly as intelligent as Colin Chapman’s “Simplify, then add lightness” ethos, however be happy to make it right into a bumper sticker for those who like.

Over many a long time, Saitama-based kyusha specialists Mizukami Auto have been perfecting their very own light-weight recipe, and the fruits of their labour have been distilled into this bare-bones, time attack-spec S30 Nissan Fairlady ZG.


Once I visited Mizukami Auto final month, Hakosuka Skylines and Porsche 911s have been a standard sight within the outside storage yard, however there have been no scarcity of Z coupes across the place, all ready to supply up their our bodies to any mission in want. Contained in the store, it turned clear that the S30 is their favorite.


Mizukami-san advised me this all began out as a interest, and again within the day he constructed Z-cars for the zeroyon (quarter mile). The interest quickly blossomed right into a vocation, and Mizukami Auto was set as much as purchase, construct and promote all kinds of vehicles, which enabled its camera-shy proprietor to work on his personal tasks on the facet.

With its staunch rear finish and lengthy aerodynamic ‘g-nose’, in some methods the Fairlady ZG was the right Japanese drag automotive base in its time. The truth is, for those who head alongside to any Japanese drag racing occasion right this moment, there’s likelihood you’ll nonetheless see a bunch of outdated Z-cars hitting the strip.


However instances change, and whereas Mizukami Auto’s demo Z continues to be all about straight-line pace, lately it’s about pace by way of corners too.


I hold listening to the phrase ‘easy is greatest’ on social media and in practice conversations round Tokyo. It’s a tad pretentious however It rings true right here in numerous methods. The best manner to enhance a 50-year-old automotive’s power-to-weight ratio is to place it on a weight loss program. Much less mass equals extra quick. Easy.


Inside, the S30 has been gutted, bar the dashboard, which is smart as a result of it’s a factor of magnificence in unique kind.


A roll cage that extends all the way in which from the rear suspension towers to the entrance suspension towers plus intensive spot-welding all through the shell retains issues inflexible and secure, whereas carbon fibre door playing cards hold issues civilised. Mizukami-san has additionally fitted a Bride seat with TAKATA Racing harness, a Nardi Basic steering, and numerous gauges and meters from HKS, AEM, Stack and AccuTech


Underneath-hood, Mizukami Auto may have gone loopy with turbocharging, however that might have added weight and over-complicated issues. As an alternative, Mizukami-san has constructed the most effective model of the unique L-series, now bored as much as 3.1L.

Extra power-making upgrades embrace three Weber 55DCOE facet draft carburettors, a customized pie minimize 6-to-1 header and exhaust, and MSD ignition merchandise to supply 375hp and 39nm of torque on the crank.


The gas cell and surge tank within the rear guarantee uninterrupted supply of dinosaur juice by way of arduous cornering.


The suspension is by Spirit, and there’s a brake bias adjuster subsequent to the driving force that permits cut up management between the 4-pot AP Racing entrance callipers and the 2-pot HiSpec models on the rear.


Outdoors, the 240ZG advantages from entrance and rear overfenders, with customized Mizukami Auto canards offering smoother airflow over the entrance and rear wheels. The rear of the Z is already fairly glossy, however the ducktail spoiler provides somewhat extra stability.


The wheel and tyre combo is traditional JDM – RAYS Volk Racing TE37Vs shod in Yokohama Advan A050 semi-slicks.

And that, my mates, is all there may be. A easy machine from a lot less complicated instances, up to date and refined for the trendy period. It’s a ravishing factor certainly.

I’ll go away you with a clip of Mizukami-san driving his Z round Tsukuba’s TC2000 course again in 2011.

Toby Thyer
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