SPOTLIGHT: Chris Forsberg’s Datsun 280Z

Published: 20 January 2017

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In the world of professional drifting Chris Forsberg needs no introduction. Last October he became the first three-time Formula Drift champion with his Nissan 370Z, so it’s safe to say he’s more than capable behind the wheel! But when he’s not busy destroying tyres in his twin-turbo race car, Chris has another Fairlady project equally as awesome lurking in his garage…

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This isn’t your typical Datsun 280Z. Aside from featuring a completely overhauled exterior – consisting of a custom CarbonSignal G-Nose conversion and Moonbeam widebody – this Datsun 280Z packs an RB-powered punch, specifically the RB25DET lump traditionally found in R33 GTS-T and R34 GT-T Skyline models!

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But it wasn’t always this wildly modified, in fact Chris bought the 280Z standard quite a few years ago. Ahead of SEMA 2016 last November, Chris decided to give the Datsun a complete overhaul nicknaming it the ‘280Z 3.0’ on account of how many times it’s been revamped to a new spec.

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Every inch of the car has been modified, and best of all this isn’t a show pony – Chris regularly drives the 280Z (as well as drifting it) so every upgrade has been carefully selected to ensure the Datsun remains totally reliable all year round.

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In fact, it’s so well maintained and cared for Meguiar’s awarded it with the Super Street award for ‘Best Of Show’ at this year’s SEMA show, a seriously prestigious title when you consider just how much awesome tuned metal is on display in the Las Vegas Convention Centre!

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Put simply, it’s a beautiful modern take on a Japanese classic and one we look forward to seeing again in the future. Who knows what 280Z 4.0 will have in store?

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