Nissan 370 Z-HYDRO Marangoni: technical details
Starting from a brand new Nissan 370Z R34, the Z-HYDRO is an almost total reworking of the car, with substantial changes made to the body, engine, interiors, braking system and trim.
The big news is the revolutionary Hydro supply kit that independently produces HHO (oxyhydrogen) and works in perfect symbiosis with the original engine. The HHO created is injected by the system into the engine’s intake, bringing a drastic reduction in HC, unburned hydrocarbons (practically eliminated) and harmful emissions in general, plus significant improvements in fuel consumption. This trial, coordinated by TRC Italia in collaboration with HydroMoving and Mariani Engineering, maintains the vehicle’s original horsepower and, as confirmed by the engineer Lorenzo Errico, the designer of the system, will in a subsequent stage be able to increase it considerably.
Body and design
It’s not hard to deduce the origin of the Z-HYDRO design, being clearly similar to its big sister, the Nissan GTR Skyline R35. The TRC Performance front bumper in fact has the same centre design, with two wide air grills sending the air flow directly to the now much more powerful braking system. As regards the rear, the original diffuser has been removed and replaced with a new carbon component made by MB, with highly evident air extractors for better outflow. Carbon has also been used to make the pair of mirrors, the spoiler on the boot, some of the interior panels and the logos. The aluminium doors are now fitted with special LSD hinges, further modified to make the doors open wing-style, just like on the most prestigious supercars.
Z-HYDRO has been lowered around 4 cm using KW threaded strut housings that allow height adjustment as well as adjustment of the shock absorbers in compression and extension. The front suspension is fitted with the new HLS system that allows the front to be raised 5 cm by simply pressing a button in the centre of the vehicle’s dashboard. The already powerful standard braking system has been replaced on both axles with the innovative Tarox B350 12-pot calipers and composite 400mm diameter discs, resulting in maximum, yet progressive braking power. The gearchange mechanism has been fitted with a special selector to reduce travel and make gear changes even faster.
Engine power delivery has been improved by adopting new exhaust manifolds and 200 cell stainless steel catalytic converters. The intake on the two rows of cylinders bas been modified by removing the original casing and adopting cotton air filters with direct intake and a new carbon-look cover.
The front seats and the door panels have been meticulously lined with leather and Alcantara, strictly blue in colour, by the able hands of Luna supercar.
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