View Full Version : April '05 Car of the Month - ZippyCar

04-06-2005, 07:47 PM
Tom's the first Chicagoland APS TT owner with more then just twins under the hood :shock:






















More pics to come!

Q & A:

ChicagoZ.com : What got you hooked to the 350z that you ended up purchasing it?
ZippyCar : I have always wanted a sports car. I saw the Z early in 03 and instantly fell in love with it. I really like the curves of the car. The car had to be red and a track model. One Saturday Morning I woke up and just decided to buy it. When I came home my 3 yr. old, just learning to talk, called it a “Zippy” car and the name just stuck

ChicagoZ.com : What action does your Z mostly see? drag, autox, road race, show car, weekend car, and/or daily driver...
ZippyCar : I am not really into drag racing, or Auto-X, and Zippy sees too much track time to hit the show circuit. Zippy may not be the prettiest with all the show stopping Bling Bling that makes people drool, but she sure puts out on the track. Zippy is my track car that I try to keep as street friendly as possible. I got hooked on track days (HPDE) the first summer I owned Zippy. A friend asked me to join him and some other enthusiasts at Gratten Speedway in Michigan… ever since then I have been hooked. In fact I have the dreaded sickness of Racers Creep. Zippy can be seen at the Barrington Cruise Nights.

ChicagoZ.com : Any performance specs? 1/4 mile@mph, whp/wtorq, track times...
ZippyCar : She is fast. I don’t have any ¼ mile data but I’ am confident that Zippy has always had more to give on the track, it’s the driver that held her back.

Tuan at GRD dynoed her at 443rwhp at 8psi boost initially. Zippy is back at GRD to get the bottom end in. My goal is to be around 440 – 450. I have no desire to push past 500rwhp.

ChicagoZ.com : What other modifications are you planning on doing to the Z if any? Whether it's performance, handling, appearance, and/or sound system....
ZippyCar : I would like to upgrade the suspension to a more adjustable set up. A set of Double Adjustable Coil Overs and 350EVO adjustable anti-sway bars are on my shopping list. Maybe an ATS Carbon / Carbon clutch. I am in the process of having an integrated roll harness bar fabricated at Fall Line Motorsports to be welded to the frame of Zippy. So long spare tire, but hey - it just adds weight. I am looking at changing out the hood to a TC II CF hood from Seibon. This has two big scoops to vent the heat from the twins. I am looking at different front bumpers to assist in channeling air in the FMIC, and more importantly – incorporate the addition of oil coolers. So the C-West or Initial D are the leading candidates at this point. Whichever one I choose, I am going to paint them to match Zippy. Eventually I would like to add some tunes to her. I am looking at the Kenwood DDX 7015 head unit and some nice speakers. Once you get bit by the Can’tstopmodifyingmyZ–itis it becomes an evolutionary process ~ you’re never truly done upgrading your Z.

ChicagoZ.com : Won any awards? Have any sponsorships?
ZippyCar : Car of the year would be the best award! Just being nominated is an honor. I didn’t get in to this for the sponsorship opportunities and while sponsorships would be nice, I have worked with some really great people in the Chicago area: Tuan at GRD and Charles at CJ motor Sports, and Chris at Ultimate Z. The Z community should consider them selves very lucky to have such great resources readily available. I have also worked with Wright Tuning better known as 350EVO. BJ Zechariahs has been Instrumental in assisting me in setting Zippy up for tracking!


Engine and Drivetrain:
APS Twin Turbo
Arais Pistons 9.0:1
ARP Head / Main studs
Paulter Rods
Unorthodox Racing Crank Pulley
Koyo Radiator
Samco Hoses
Stillen Engine Damper
350EVO Throttle Body
Random Technology High Flow Cats
Grounding Kit
Techno Square ECU Re-flash
JWT Fidenza light weight Flywheel & HD Clutch
350EVO 3.9 Final Drive
NISMO finned Diff Cover

S-Tune Coil Overs
S-Tune anti-away bars
350EVO Upper Control arms
Stillen Rear toe and camber arms

Race – SSR Comp H
9.0 x 18 w/ Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 265/35/18
10.5 X 18 w/ Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 295/30/18
Street- SSR GT3
9.0 x 18 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 265/35/18
10.5 x 18 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 295/35/18

Interior / Safety:
Recaro Pole Position Seats Red /Black x2
Custom 350EVO Harness Bar
Schroth Profi III 6 Point Harness
NISMO Titanium Shifter
350EVO Short Shifter

Nismo Front Lip
Nismo Side Skirts
3M Clear Bra
Short Antenna

04-06-2005, 08:23 PM
:shock: sweet ride. love that color ;)

04-06-2005, 09:07 PM
AWESOME! I love this car!

04-06-2005, 09:52 PM
Very nice! I'm looking forward to hearing it at full scream at the track!

04-07-2005, 09:54 PM
I posted this on a few other Z sites.. there goes the bandwidth. :) :cry:

04-08-2005, 08:21 PM
Thanks Guys. I can't wait to get her back from GRD. Tuan and his crew are finishing up the Bottom end and a few other special tweeks for me. As soon As I get her back, I slap on the SSR GT3s and get some pictures out. Not haveing Zippy around with all this great weather is just killing me. :evil:

04-18-2005, 09:39 PM
Congrats Zippy :cool: :woo:

08-28-2005, 07:08 PM
updated with pics from 8/28/05

08-28-2005, 07:38 PM
I thought I saw a bunch of pix I hadn't seen before! Sorry I missed the meet.

OK Tom.......when are we going to see the Red Sled back on the track? :poke:

Now that I know it's drivable, you have NO excuses!

Your twins & Adam's single, together, on the track would be f*cking awesome! Even if they are red........ :bootyshake:

08-28-2005, 08:07 PM
Thanks guys. Those pictures are awesome! :thumbsup:

I really had a great time today. It was nice to get to meet some of you all in person. Hey... you know... we could do a ChicagoZ.com day at the Autobahn CC. If you're interested... I might be able to swing it... let me know.


08-28-2005, 08:13 PM
Btw, I have the HIGH resoltion shots if anyone wants them for your desktop or whatever... email me.

08-29-2005, 07:01 AM
Is alive! And it does exist! Great to finally see the car! And we should set up a day for next summer at Autobahn. That would be sweet, I would go.

08-29-2005, 11:30 AM
can you please send me the pics..akolopolew@aol.com

08-30-2005, 07:24 PM
Sweet, my car is in one of the pictures! Probably closest I'll ever get to car of the month. :bye:

09-30-2005, 11:41 PM
not to give myself props.. :spankie: but I love some of those pics I took!

10-01-2005, 07:50 PM
simply amazing... drulling and dreaming... :lol:

11-21-2005, 09:04 PM
Thanks... but I STILL can't get in the WCZ Calendar :evil:

Vote for Zippy, Padero would. :thumbsup: