Nissan turns the 370Z into a snowmobile. With rear chain drive and skis at the front. The perfect car for long, harsh winters? Quite clear: an open sports car with 332 hp at the rear. Nissan shows at the Chicago Auto Show the 370 Zki - the slope version of the drift coupe. Here is a video of the converted 370 Z in a ski area in Wyoming:
The 370 Zki is a mix of skidoo and car. Caterpillars on the rear axle, a pair of skis instead of the front wheels. Before the sports car could become a snowmobile, extensive changes were necessary: on the rear axle, the engineers had to adjust the suspension, the car by more than seven inches higher. In addition, the wheel arches have been enlarged to make room for the chain drive. The car also got a custom exhaust system.
The caterpillars of the Dominator brand are powered by the regular drivetrain, delayed by means of the series brake. The brake lines had to be relocated. The front brake system remained untouched, explains Nissan. Modifications would also have been pointless, with pliers and a disc can be a ski hard to brake.
The boards are attached to a device of snow vehicle specialist American Track Truck. Between the original wheel hub and the custom support there is an adapter that allows the skis to move outwards - otherwise the construction would be on the body before the 370 Z reaches the maximum steering angle. Engine and transmission are mounted slightly lower than in the production vehicle.
In the ski resort in Wyoming, Nissan's test driver was obviously having fun. The caterpillar drive with more than 1.2 meters of footprint ensures good traction - gyros with hanging tail are still possible.
Drifting with the crawler roadster, the experience will be reserved only for a few. The 370 Zki is not for sale, Nissan does not want to build more than one copy. But he is not the only one of his kind: as early as 2016, Nissan exhibited spectacular winter goods at its Chicago booth. In the Winter Warriors edition, all four wheels of the SUVs Rogue (known in this country as X-Trail), Murano and Pathfinder (since 2016 or 2014 no longer available in Germany) were replaced by caterpillars. In addition, the appearance as a skier is consistent - the yellow-tinted front headlights are to remember the glasses of a ski goggles.