Farken’ L!

April 1, 2009

I was having a minor discussion via txt messages on the old cellular phone the other day, conversing in small sections with one ‘Ricardo el Snoozin’.  He made mention of some padre’s of his wetting their pants in glee over the Rocky Auto RB30 S30Z makin figures over 300hp, his immediate response to them that the old Nissan L-series Inline 6 could also make similar numbers was met with much scoffing and a few titters.  Ah, the joy of peoples ignorance.  What this conversation did for me, was remind me of a Japanese AUTOWORKS magazine I have in my abode, which details a little green S30Z rolling an L-series on triple carbs.  I passed on photographs of the article and thought I would share with my readers on retro-classics a little of it too.  I don’t want to get into the whole deal of it, obviously it was published in Japanese print and as such there’s likely copyrights I may well in infringing were I to go to far, as such I shall share but a few pictures and the power chart.  So here goes;

A fairly unassuming FairladyZ on RS-Watanabe Wheels

A fairly unassuming FairladyZ on RS-Watanabe Wheels

You could be forgiven for thinking it was just another tidy Z car.  afterall, that’s exactly how it appears at first glance, that is unless you’re that little bit more observant and you spy the cage and the staggered wheel and tyre selection…

It’s then when you realise that perhaps, just perhaps this Fairlady isn’t quite playing as fair as you might have first thought…

..and there-in, in the first of the small pictures, lies it’s immediate fate.  It’s a track weapon, yet… what’s so dramatic you ask about have an L-series on triple carbs?  That in and of itself is standard fare for most Z’s and other vehicles originally powered by L6′s.  What isn’t standard fare, is the numbers that this little green monzter puts out…

Dyno Power Chart

Dyno Power Chart

If the picture is a bit small or fuzzy on your resolution, the important part to note is the “MAX -> 366.8PS” if you’re unfamiliar with “PS” as a unit of power measurement, it’s so ridiculously close to HP that’s it’s seldom worth fussing about which term to use.

If I could get half that PS out of my L-series for my 110 I’d be more than happy AND it would sound better than an RB at the same time, so those that doubted the abilities of the L, I would put to you that it pays to not write something off just because it’s SOHC and non-Crossflow.



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