Nissan shows off cool racer concepts at SEMA

Nissan is showing its tuning spirit, unveiling a quartet of performance concepts at the SEMA show in Las Vegas this week. The lineup includes a race-prepped TT 370Z racer, a Frontier Desert Running pickup truck, Nismo Kicks Street Sport concept, and a 2020 Nissan Titan featuring the full range of genuine accessories.

Let’s start with the 370Z. Called the Global Time Attack TT 370Z, this was a project put together between Nissan and Z1 Motorsports. The plan is to compete in the 2020 Time Attack racing season. And as you can see, it showcases lots of hardcore modifications that certainly look like they would help conquer lap times.

The exterior has been drastically revised, with a big front splitter and huge rear wing dominating the look. However, underneath it all is what will attract the most attention. In the engine compartment is a completely reworked 3.7-litre V6, with twin Garrett GTX 3076 turbos bolted on. Power is rated at 750hp-plus (560kW).

There’s also a new fuel management system, Z1 Motorsports racing exhaust system, HGT Precision six-speed sequential transmission with a Tilton clutch, and a Nismo GT-R Pro 1.5 way differential. Custom Brembo brakes ensure unreal stopping power, with a Nismo radiator and multiple oil coolers keeping things from heating up.

Moving over to the Frontier Desert Runner, this is a racing truck style project put together with the help of MA Motorsports. Under the bonnet the standard 4.0-litre V8 is pulled out and in its place is a 5.6-litre V8 from the Titan. It, too, features a turbo conversion using a Garrett GTX 3584RS unit, with a custom intercooler, Jim Wolf camshafters, pistons and valves, and an MA Motorsports exhaust system. The result? 600hp-plus (450kW) and 950Nm.

As for the Nismo Kicks Street Sport, it’s designed as a muscly little SUV. It features pumped out wheel arches developed by MA Motorsports, with the desirable Volk Racing TE37 wheels mounted perfectly within. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder is given a Garrett GT2255 turbocharger, breathing through a Nismo exhaust system. No word on power output.

Lastly, the 2020 Titan. This is simply a showcase vehicle showing potential customers the full breadth of personalisation accessories available for the big pickup truck. Parts range from a sliding tray bed extender, special mud flaps, heavy-duty side steps, and even a rear bumper step system. There’s also all-season floor mats inside, tie-down cleats for the tray, and a sports bar with off-road lights mounted along the top.

These accessories are part of the factory options for the 2020 Titan, and, if fitted by the dealer when new, the parts are backed by a five-year/100,000 mile warranty.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.