If you were one of the 65,000 enthusiasts who thronged the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the recently concluded SEMA Show which ran from November 1-4, 2022, then you understand the honor of joining the conference as a new exhibitor. It takes preparation, but what if your exhibit was never meant for the show, but ended up there because it was too good?
According American actor Sung Kang and his friends, this is precisely the case with the iconic Fugu Z. The restomod started as a personal project with the help of three gearheads before snowballing into a passion project attracting expertise, skills and knowledge from capable hands around the world. , including the famous GReddy. Sung Kang called his Fugu Z an international social media car because he received many contributions from social media users.
With GReddy in the fold, Sung Kang’s Datsun “Fugu Z”, which took years to prepare, found its way to the 2015 SEMA conference where it won “Best Asian Import”, “Gran Turismo” and “Best-in-Show”. ‘, finally joining the mythical range on Gran Turismo so ordinary people can drive it. We don’t just like the sports car, we are fascinated by the project itself.
Have you met Sung Kang from Fast And Furious?
You must have seen Sung Kang in the Fast and Furious film franchise. Plus, you might have seen him in the 2007 action thriller War with Jet Li and Jason Statham or as John Mark in the American crime television series Power. Then, how are you doing. There are several movies we haven’t seen either, but all the gearheads we know have probably seen I’m going in 60 seconds and the Fast and Furious series.
The 50-year-old Korean-American actor was born to South Korean immigrants in Gainesville, Georgia. Kang made his big screen debut as Han Lue in the 2002 crime drama better luck tomorrowproduced and directed by Justin Li. Kang would later reprise this role as Han Seoul-Oh in 2006 Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. Kang returned for the next Fast and Furious payments, including Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6.
To the movie’s gigantic credit, Tokyo Drift introduced Kang to the Japanese drifting subculture. According to the actor, he learned about Drift’s popularity around the world while researching for his role as Han in the Fast and Furious film. Did you know that the sport of inducing the rush of oversteer to force a loss of traction without losing control of the car (i.e. drifting) is a fairly recent indulgence started in the early 1980s by a driver racing car named Keiichi Tsuchiya? Now you know.
Sung Kang’s Datsun ‘Fugu Z’ Was Once a Nissan S30
You’d be wrong to blame Sung Kang’s Fugu Z for an overhyped project that gained attention because of a famous name behind the build. That would be remotely true if the likes of GReddy Aftermarket Performance Company weren’t involved, and the car never earned a spot at SEMA and never won multiple show awards. Either way, strip the mods and turn off the spotlights, and what you’ll be left with is a Nissan S30 chassis and suspension system, engine, and some interior parts.
Nissan produced and sold the S30 in Japan under the name the Nissan Fairlady Z. Other markets, including the United States, got the Fairlady as Datsun 240Z, and later 260Z and 280Z. These were the start of the Nissan Z 2-seater GT, with the first generation running from 1969 to 1978. Robert Kiernan is remembered as the man who answered a Road & Track ad offering a highland green 1968 Ford Mustang GT for sale. Kiernan bought the car because he needed a replacement for his British-made car MGB-GT only the Mustang in question turned out to be by Steve McQueen Bullit Mustang.
As European imports like the MGB-GT serenaded the American sports car segment, Yutaka Katayama, then president of Nissan Motor Corporation USA, initiated development of the S30 as a direct competitor to European imports. It was an opportune moment because the MGB-GT was already half a decade old. Datsun took the overtaking maneuver a step further by offering the new 240Z for the same price as the MGB-GT – $200.
And that’s despite the new coupe’s superior engineering, styling and performance. The long waiting list testifies to public acceptance. For power, Datsun 240Z featured a 2.4-liter (146 cu in, 2,393 cc) straight-six Nissan L engine producing 150 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 146 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. A four- and five-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic transmission helped the car reach a top speed of 125 mph and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds.
The Soundtrack Is One More Thing Gearheads Love About Sung Kang’s Fugu Z
They said, “It takes a village to raise a child,” was the mantra behind building Fugu Z. Our response; tell us something we don’t already know. Once upon a time, three friends (Sung Kang, Greg Hwang and Michael Jen) combed through Craigslist for a car they could nab and drive in for the weekend, then have some serious fun on the asphalt . But, you can’t predict the outcome of things like this when social media is involved.
Before it could spell Datsun 240Z, the supposed weekend project car for three buddies morphed into an international social media car. For a project this “social,“You’ve probably read a library of information on the Fugu Z before so we risk sounding like a broken record by repeating the same thing here.” However, what can never sound broken no matter how many times you hear it is the Fugu Z soundtrack emanating from the single-pipe oval exhaust.
The shuddering noise when turning on the ignition is a smoking testament to the 2.6-litre RB26 engine from a 1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R mated to an RB25 gearbox topped with HyTech headers and a GReddy exhaust. With no soundproofing to “protect” passengers’ eardrums, the cabin is not spared Fugu Z’s excuse of a percussion instrument. We’re not talking about the raw, jerking whine of a 40-year-old motor that would probably put you on a fast track to a cochlear implant.
When asked where the Fugu Z got its name, Kang pointed to the puffer fish that will kill you if not properly prepared. “We had fugu, Japanese for puffer fish, and [Sonny] Chiba explained that if the poisonous fish wasn’t prepared properly, it could kill you – a parallel I’ve seen with a car built for the track,” Kang said.
Source: IMDb, Datsun Fandom
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