The Internet is already making some great Nissan Z Proto design upgrades

The Nissan Z Proto has landed. And it’s styling is leaving the Internet… conflicted. The general consensus seems to appreciate what Nissan is doing here but everyone has a few questions or concerns. That’s fine, of course, but the good take away from all this is that people still care about a new Z car. And the Internet than did what it does when a new or redesigned car lands, and that’s start tweaking.

I created that lead image last night. My Photoshop skills are sub-par (see the still yellow reflection, LOL) but I wanted to see what a simple BRE-esque livery might look like. A better artist took a stab at one as well and the results are great. Have a look at what Thomas Hank from GoFetch Design created:

Then one of my favorite artists Jon Sibal took a crack at the car. Sibal is an amazing illustrator and all-around great artist and car enthusiast. He posted a track-ready version of the Z Proto on his Instagram page:

After that, the wonderful Larry Chen shared his version of a Z Proto which is inspired by his own 240Z. Oh, and Sibal drew this one up too:

Next, SSR Wheels shared its own vision of a Nissan Z Proto. This one is modeled on Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg’s 370Z drift car. And yes, Sibal drew this one too:

Damn Jon, leave some modeling for the rest of us! Seriously though, these are great mockups and we can’t wait to see how the actual Z turns out. And now if you’ll excuse me, I need to try my hand at making both an Eastern Safari Z Proto Tribute and a future 35th Anniversary 2023 Shiro Special Z Proto.

15 Comments

  1. Looks better in normal colors. I get why they did it, but the yellow color isn’t something that many people will want in their own garage.

    I’m digging the Torq-thrusts with some sidewall too.

      1. My wife stopped me from putting Torq-Thrusts on our minivan. Probably a wise move, but then I went and put BFG KO2s on it instead.

        1. I was going to put them on my Kia Soul but then I made it part of a trade for my Frontier. I can only imagine how that would have effected value. My daughter has asked me to find wire looking hubcaps that work on a 2003 Saturn Ion 2. That’s my next task of this task.
          Although torq-thrusts would look cool on a 2019 Frontier. I mean it is already an old truck.

          1. I generally associate 5 spoke wheels like Torq-Thrusts and Cragars with larger cars and trucks, My go to wheel for smaller cars is a Panasport/Minilite style. Since it’s already a bit of a caricature I think Ronal Teddy Bears might be fun on a Kia Soul.

  2. The GoFetch BRE rendering demonstrates something that I tried to do in photoshop last night, but failed. The grille needs to be broken up, and that high splitter works perfectly. I was attempting to add some chrome trim to mimic the thin bumper of the 240Z, but didn’t like the results. There’s a fine line between a retro-inspired homage and just attaching old shit to a new car.

    1. Came down here to say that — adding that splitter both solidifies the callback to the 240 and helps break up that maw. I’d love to see more angles of that rendition, but offhand, what a difference. The BRE livery doesn’t hurt either, although that makes me curious how that visual modification would work in a more “streetable” form with a single body color and without the struts and extended lower splitter to go along with. Maybe a less-prominent version of that high splitter for the “street” version? Even reduced in size, of course, it’d probably never fly, because shins, but still…

  3. The grille bothered me at first, but it’s grown on me now that I see the direct connection to the 240/260/280. But the lines on nose are still too crisp for me, compared to the softer lines in the rear.

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