From wrecked to decked, Sven Clae gives his modified Nissan 350Z a new lease of life…
When planning a new project most people go on the hunt for a solid base car as their foundation. Low mileage, a handful of owners, maybe even a couple of dings here and there would be okay. Anything more and you should prepare yourself for a whole load of ball-ache and lots of hard work. One man that’s not afraid of a bit of hard work is our mate, Sven, from Belgium.
You see Sven’s hard-dropped 350z started life very differently to what you see here today. The Nissan was classed as a Cat C insurance write-off and was up for auction through a UK site at a low price. Despite its major issues, Sven saw potential in the car and placed what ended up being the winning bid. Sven was now the proud owner of a wrecked 350z. The car was shipped over from the UK to his home in Belgium where the full extent of the damage could be assessed. The entire passenger side, windscreen and roof was completely totalled, but even this didn’t put Sven off. Rolling up his sleeves and getting a couple of mates involved, the transformation began.
First up was to get the car back to a workable standard. This in itself was a challenge. The lads got to work stripping out all the damaged panels to repair, or replace them where needed. In a relatively short space of time, though, the car was back in a decent condition and they could begin to create Sven’s vision.
The 350z was born to be slammed, and getting the Nissan sitting pretty was Sven’s main goal. As standard, the 350 has a shed load of arch space which is perfect for running a low and wide stance. That’s not stopped Sven from rolling both the front and rear arches – just to be sure though. It would have been easy to hook the car up with an air suspension kit, but as we know Sven doesn’t do easy and wanted to challenge himself by getting the perfect static fitment. A set of custom made BC coilovers were ordered and bolted up to the car.
When it came to sorting out a suitable set of hoops, Sven wanted to go wide and concave. These Japanese Racing JR11 wheels are just the job, weighing in at a girthy 10.5×18-inches front and rear. To get them sitting just right they have a staggered offset of ET18 and ET38. A cheeky bit of rear camber has been dialled in for good luck and the wheels have been finished off with stretched Dunlop 225/40×18 tyres. The end result is nothing short of static perfection!
With the stance box well and truly ticked, Sven moved on to sorting out that bodywork. The 350z is already a tidy looking motor and it only takes a few subtle mods to completely nail the looks. The biggest change is the addition of a Nismo front bumper and tinted headlights which has given this Jap motor a real dirty looking scowl.
The rear end has had a bit of a makeover too, by way of a smoothed boot and rear lip – nice! The car was then sent off to Sven’s mate, Ivan, who has re-sprayed the whole car in matt red which looks killer when combined with the white wheels.
The interior hasn’t been neglected either. A Nardi steering wheel replaces the ugly plastic Nissan version, while both front seats have been replaced with carbon Bride seats wrapped in Takata seatbelts. A Cusco cage also looks well tasty.
With plenty of hard work and a lot of help from his friends, Sven has not only managed to resurrect this 350 from the dead, but completely re-invent it. Good work our Belgium buddy!
OWNER: SVEN CLAES
TECH SPEC: MODIFIED NISSAN 350Z
Nismo front bumper; matt black lights front and rear; rolled arches front and rear; rear lip; smoothed boot.
Custom BC coilovers; 10.5×18-inch Japan Racing JR11 wheels ET8 front and ET38 rear; Dunlop 225/40×18 tyres; OEM Brembo brakes.
Nardi steering wheel; carbon Bride seats; Takata seatbelts; Cusco roll cage; dildo shifter.
Bose headunit and speakers.
My wife for her support; Ivan for an amazing paint job; Patatje for the bodywork.
Words Nick Turner Photos Kevve.BE