Jay’s ‘Project X’ Nismo 370z
I’m going to start off by saying that I love this car. I love everything about it. From the initial choice of platform to the people who did the work on it. Jay’s Nismo edition 370z started off bone stock. Definitely not bad as is! After spending way too much time with Larry and Eli over at Project X, he started forming a game plan of his path of modification. Some of you may recall a brief writeup I did on this car for Fatlace.com’s Slammed Society earlier this summer. But the car wasn’t finished back then. The guys at Project X still had some finishing touches to perform. After everything was “completed” Jay gave me the call to take some photos. I in turn called fellow media jockey Mike Maravilla at Unscene Media Group (UMG) to come work some video magic. So here I give you the UMG and Photomotive Video/Photo collab. Video, photo, and a little behind the scenes.
Video by Mike Maravilla:
There isn’t a whole lot you really NEED to do to a Nismo 370z, aesthetically. Out of the box this car is sexy. The OEM aero is MUCH more tasteful than the previous generation Nismo Z.
Among these improvements is the rear valence/diffuser. The last Nismo rear looked horrible imo. This looks much more refined and balanced with the rest of the car. I looks so sinister it looks in this shot.
While the OEM 370 Nismo wheels do look awesome for an OEM wheel, the Work Gnosis GS2 wheels are further perfection. Ride height is compliments of Stance coilover systems and the guys at Project X.
And man did they get that fitment right.
Looking fantastic on the move.
I love the line flowing from the front fender arch to the fascia.
Good taste makes it’s into the interior with a Nardi wheel (with stitching to match the red-stitched interior) attached to a Works Bell QR, a Tommy Kiara shift knob, and a touchscreen headunit.
Status bucket seats keep Jay and his lucky passenger firmly planted.
The engine bay is immaculately clean and very much attention has been paid to the details. Polished Stillen dual intakes compliment the fully polished front face of the motor. I would stop by Project X on a random weekend or weekday afternoon over the summer and find Jay in the parking lot sanding and polishing with a dremel sometimes in upwards of 95* weather. The engine cover has been replaced with a CF one and a CF cooling plate was installed to match.
The bay is littered with Baller Bolts in an anodized blue finish.
Jay wanted a way to secure his skateboards into his car, but he didn’t want something that looked generic. Jeff at Project X engineered a completely custom one-off adjustable skateboard rack for Jay’s build. I was telling Jeff he should start selling these things.
Also completely custom is the floorpanel, made by Project X, which mounts Jay’s amps and subwoofers.
Mike Maravilla was sitting shotgun here getting some in-car sound and video.
Jay started having a little fun when we were getting some action shots in. Party on, Jay.
If I had this Z, I would probably just stare at it too.
Here are some of the behind-the-scenes photos I snapped of Mike doing his thing:
It was definitely excellent shooting along side Mike Maravilla. Always a pleasure working with someone who shares a common passion for motorsports and documenting it.
I noticed Mike’s process is very much like my own: Methodical and precise. He takes his time when he shoots.
A few behind the scenes shots from Mike:
And, who knew Mike could shoot photos too?! All jokes aside, I dig Mike’s photography as much as his videos. The photos retain a certain cinematic quality to them.
Mike’s FULL photo set!
Big thanks to Jay for building a dope car, Project X, Mike Maravilla, and AJ over at NOS.