We’re sure Nissan fans have enjoyed having it their way; first they helped build the Project 370Z by choosing aftermarket parts, and then they chose a challenger worthy of going head to head with the track-ready car. On this episode of The Downshift, we find out whether a modified 1970 Datsun 240Z can keep up with the modern 370Z.
Professional driver Justin Bell is at the track along with Gordon MacSwain, proud owner of a 1970 Datsun 240Z, and although the car is 40 years old, it has a young heart. Under the hood sits the Skyline GT-R’s RB26 engine that cranks out 360 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. Along with several other modifications, MacSwain’s 240Z is a result of a three-and-half-year project. How will it fare against the 370Z? Winner of the 2012 Nissan GT academy, Steve Doherty finds out in a series of four challenges. After the first challenge called zero to zero, Doherty said the brakes were the biggest difference, but power-wise, the 240Z and 370Z are more closely matched.
Next up is a hopkirk test, followed by a timed autocross, in which Doherty was impressed with the Datsun, which has no anti-lock brakes or power steering. The challenges lead up to the road course finale, in which the 240Z has a good chance since Doherty suggests it out-accelerated the 370Z. Which car emerges victorious? Find out by watching the video below.