Ready for a desert dash: Nissan Z Tribute honours Safari Rally winning 240Z

Published Oct 31, 2023


By: Double Apex

As you might know, Datsun/Nissan had a long and successful stint in rallying, both locally and abroad. On the world stage the Japanese automaker forged its reputation on the Safari Rally with cars such as the 240Z.

Now Nissan has created the Safari Rally Z Tribute as an homage to the older winning machine. The new creation will be shown at the 2023 Sema Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from October 31 until November 3, 2023.

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The inspiration for the new car will also be on display at the 2023 Sema Show. The famous No11 240Z won the 1971 East African Safari Rally and the car on show is a vintage replica of the rally-winning machine.

The seventh-generation Nissan Z forms the basis of the Safari Rally Z Tribute. An uprated KW Safari suspension replaces the standard set-up. Raising the body 50 mm helps accommodate 17-inch prototype Nismo Safari wheels shod with chunky off-roading rubber.

Other features that make it appear more rally ready are a pair of additional LED lamps mounted on the bonnet as well as bumper guards and a bash plate up front.

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The Safari Rally Z Tribute has some Nismo goodies under the bonnet as well. These include a cat-back exhaust system, cold air intake, carbon-fibre engine cover and twin-disc clutch and flywheel among others.

Story courtesy of Double Apex