Race Car

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A 1991 Nissan 300ZX car that was acquired for the 2014 Chump Car racing series. The car is being stripped down and set up for race requirements in the Garage space.

Pictures of the car can be found in the Chump Car Gallery


Freeside Chump Car 300zx

  • 1991 300ZX Non-turbo, T-Top Z32
  • Cost: $500 USD
  • Engine: Quad Cam V-6 VG30DE
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Horse Power: (When New) 222 hp (166 kW) and 198 lb·ft (268 N·m)
  • Top Speed: 155 mph


Here are the Basic Rules

Not including the required safety equipment that you'll need – roll-cage, racing seat, racing harness -- your car must be valued at less than $500. That’s valued at, as assessed by the general market, not what you paid for it.

Personal safety gear includes a Snell SA helmet and SFI-FIA certified driver's gear.

Strip out all the interior and take out all the glass, except the windshield. Install the roll cage, seat and harness. Add some numbers and you have just created a $500 race car. Okay, so there's more to it than that, but not much. Read the rules to fill-in the blanks.

You can upgrade the brakes a little but don’t even think of adding any trick racing suspension crap. Tires are up to you... as long as they’re DOT legal and rated for treadwear according to the rules.

ChumpCar has various race formats, but they're all endurance racing... ranging from 7 hours to 36 hours. You’ll need a minimum of 3 drivers for most events – 4 for the longer events – and it's wise to have a couple of crew guys as part of the team. Get people on your team that know what end of a screwdriver to use and can think clearly at 3:19am when a wheel bearing starts to disintegrate.

If you cheat or screw-up or both... you'll be docked laps. If you come to Tech Inspection with a car that's worth $1,500... plan on starting the race about 100 laps down from everyone else. You can still run in the race and you'll have a great time... but you’ll never win. If that doesn't bother you, you're our kind of Chump!


Team Captains:


  • Michael Ahearn LordNykon, Walter Vaughan, Kevin Lee, Scott McGraw

Design Team Walter Vaughan Build Team

  • Michael Ahearn LordNykon, Walter Vaughan, Kevin Lee, Scott McGraw

Electronics Team Documentation Team


Current Phase of Build

  • Remove engine and begin replacing seals.


2013 - 09 - 09

2013 - 09 - 24

  • Did some more stripping, removed wheels, bumpers, rear lid, dashboard. Check out the Gallery of stuff we did.

2013 - 10 - 08

  • Removed exhaust pieces, drained oil, getting ready to remove the engine. Going to have to put wheels back on and turn the car around to give us more space for that.

2013 - 11

  • Car facing door now, engine removed.


  •  ????
  • If you have an interest in resuming work on this, hit up the freeside mailing list.


  • 2014 Schedule TBD
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