Nissan March with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V6

Nissan March with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V6

The Lab Limited is a company in Hamilton, New Zealand specializing in light engineering and automotive fabrication with a focus on the Nissan Z32. Inspired by Nissan’s Micra 350SR project, they decided to build their own in 2016. Unfortunately a serious crash left it irreparable so they set out to build a new improved version.

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

The project started with a five-door and three-door March. The five-door March provides a lot the parts while the three-door March provides the body. They stripped the body down so a the chassis could be strengthened with an integrated roll cage.

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

Behind the driver and passenger sits a 3.5 L VQ35DE V6 built using a Maxima J31 bottom end and 350Z heads and intake. Inside you find 11:1 Wiseco forged pistons, Eagle rods, ARP L19 head and main studs, ACL race bearings, ID 1300 cc injectors, and two Garrett GT2860RS turbochargers.

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

The engine produces 400 Kw and 700 Nm at the hubs on 13 psi of boost controlled by a Link G4+ ECU. The current power level is the limit for the single-plate clutch. Future plans call for upgrading the clutch and turning up the boost.

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

The drivetrain consits of a JWT aluminum flywheel, single-plate clutch, and six-speed manual transmission from a USDM Sentra. The transmission connects to the engine using a Maxima VQ35DE bellhousing. This combo gives the project a helical limited-slip differential.

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

The company improved handling by building custom subframes and lower A-arms built by them with RS-R springs. Z1 Motorsports rotors and 370Z calipers improve braking distance. The rear brakes required custom hats.

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

The March rides on DTM Gravity wheels with 18×9 front and 18×10 rear wrapped in Nexen semi-slick tires. Covering the wide wheels and even wider track are custom aluminum flares.

Nissan March with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V6

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

Nissan March with a Twin-Turbo VQ35 V6

Full Specs:
Engine:

  • 3.5 L VQ35DE V6
  • J31 Maxima bottom end
  • heads and intake manifold from early 350Z
  • 11:1 Wiseco forged pistons
  • Eagle rods
  • ARP L19 head and main studs
  • ACL race bearings
  • ID 1300cc injectors
  • two Garrett GT2860RS turbochargers
  • Link oil pressure sensor

Output:

  • 400 Kw (536 hp) at hubs
  • 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque at hubs
  • 13 psi of boost

Drivetrain:

  • USDM Sentra six-speed manual
  • Maxima VQ35DE bellhousing
  • JWT ally flywheel
  • single-plate clutch

Electronics:

  • Link G4+ ECU
  • Race Logic/Link Dash2 Pro

Fuel:

  • Link fuel sensors
  • ethanol content sensor
  • Speedflow fuel fittings
  • Speedflow fuel filters

Brakes:

  • 370Z Nissan/Akebono brake calipers
  • Z1 Motorsports rotors
  • custom hats for the rear brakes

Suspension:

  • The Lab Limited custom front and rear subframe
  • The Lab Limited custom lower suspension arms

Wheels:

  • DTM Gravity wheels
  • 18×9 front
  • 18×10 rear
  • Nexen semi slicks

Body:

  • carbon fiber roof
  • aluminium flares

Interior:

  • OMP seats
  • Sabelt six point harnesses
  • Woodward steering shaft and quick release

Source: The Lab Limited (build album)

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