240Z Concept - Even better than the original?
The Datsun 240Z concept is the work of Lars Martensson, a Swedish design
professional who goes by the alias GRID. When he's not at work making
3d computer models for various computer games, GRID spends some of
his time using his considerable skill creating concept cars independently
of manufacturers and redesigning them to better suit his tastes. The
Datsun 240Z concept is one such concept.
When Nissan released the 350Z,
and later the 370Z,
they used the original Datsun
240Z for inspiration. However GRID didn't think there was enough
240Z evident in their styling, so he had is own go. This is the result.
Both the concept 240Z and the original car share an almost
identical profile and the overall shape is almost a carbon
copy, however the lines of the new car are crisper and
cleaner. Clever styling tricks have been integrated into
the design to make the body more sleek. The recessed headlights
are laid back at an angle instead of upright, and the
exterior door handles are built into the top section of
the lateral air intakes. The chrome bumpers have also
been deleted for the 240Z concept and in their place is
an multiframe aggressive grille at the front and a diffuser
at the rear with integrated twin center mount exhausts.
Although there are no details on any proposed drivetrain the fact
the concept is still called the 240Z and Datsun/Nissan used the numbers
to indicate engine size, a 2.4 litre inline 6-cylinder engine driving
the rear wheels through a manual transmission would be the obvious
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