Calvin Pomfret - 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo
After graduating from University, I decided it was time to reward myself for years of hard work & splash out on a new car. After watching Tokyo Drift & seeing all the over-the-top widebody kits, or spooly V6's, I decided I wanted a Japanese car for certain.
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2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo
Hey Everyone, my name's Calvin, I'm 26 & I live in the south of the UK. I work as a Project Manager which can get quite hectic but do manage to squeeze in some time for friends, family & to get out in the Z in between. When I'm not working, you can solidly bet I am either at the gym, watching sports or playing Video Games.
Who got me into cars? Well, this part of the story has to be almost generic for my generation, it's the classic story of watching too many Fast & Furious movies as a kid & taking what I've watched to the streets of NFS with friends. I've loved racing games since I was a nipper, but I didn't have the urge to go all out & buy a sports car once I passed my test. The first car was a 1983 Austin Mini City (998cc) - not even 1L!
I joined the car scene pretty late on, a few friends had been immersed for years & dragged me along to a meet in Bristol one time. Going to that meet seemed like such a good idea mentally, but financially... God, I could've saved so much money if I'd just said no... :')
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After graduating from University, I decided it was time to reward myself for years of hard work & splash out on a new car. After watching Tokyo Drift & seeing all the over-the-top widebody kits, or spooly V6's, I decided I wanted a Japanese car for certain. Looking at the styling possibilities of the Z33 & how well the car seemed to handle on corners, I knew I wanted a Z. I wanted a car that had the capability to handle drifting straight out the factory & naturally, the Z was the best choice. On Video Games, I would spend hours creating various body styles to find my perfect build... then I ended up modifying a 370z. I instantly knew this was the car for me in the future & I had to get my hands on one. I clapped my eyes on a Nismo Z34 online one time & the styling extras coupled with the track handling package pushed me to upgrade. In 2019 I finally pulled the trigger on the purchase & here we are!
I spent hours contemplating a name for the Z, coming up with all sorts (at first I named the car "Kakarot" after Goku from DBZ but didn't think it fit the car). I looked into Japanese Kanji & various combinations & finally settled for "Takara" - meaning "Treasure, Jewel, Gem". The pearlescent paintwork, coupled with the various angles to the car just suited her to a Z... I mean T.
At first, I attended a few car shows as a spectator, taking the Z as a stock Nismo but she seemed to fit in regardless. I looked for inspiration from other people's builds, looking at various other styling options from other manufacturers. I wanted to keep to the base Nismo colourway & create an OEM+ look rather than remove the Nissan's shape - I think Nissan nailed it from the factory. I started off with a few minor mods whilst I got a feel for how the car was going to shape up & I didn't want to have any regrets on modifications after they're purchased.
Since purchasing the car I've got to say, I've never looked back! I've never had a problem with the Z (touch wood) & it's always been a fun experience to drive - rain or not... It keeps you on your toes constantly with the odd rear-end twitch from time to time (intentional or not) ;) I definitely did not buy the Z for fuel economy (despite her being my daily driver), but I love driving it. The financial hit on fuel is welcomed. Since I have modified the car, the feedback from the majority has been great. So many appreciate the build & I have people stopping to ask about it at traffic lights, carparks, etc. It's created another social aspect of my life which I wasn't expecting when I first bought the car & I've made so many memories with so many new people.
What's great about owning this car for me is seeing people getting excited to see/hear your car - it can be funny to see my neighbour's when I get back late in the evening creating a racket from the exhaust modifications... Personally, this is because I was once in that position, looking at someone's car thinking "that's dope, I need one in the future!". To have that positive effect on someone & potentially be a reason someone else gets into cars & starts their own journey is awesome!
What makes my car Unique? For me, I think it's because there are not many heavily modified 370Z Nismo's in the UK at all. In the UK, the majority of the car scene is European-based & the JDM scene took a dip - but now it seems to be on a resurgence!
I think keeping the base OEM look whilst making some welcomed upgrades (the rear wing which the Z was lacking from the factory) keeps it looking like an aggressive road car rather than some track demon. Everyone has their own look, I appreciate all builds but for me practicality-wise, an OEM look is a better option with the Z being my daily also. The key for me is to get inspiration from other cars, but never recreate someone else's build... Every build is individual & you should let the look almost be an extension of your own personality to you - creating a personal look.
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Engine & Exhaust
- ECUTEK Remapped
- AAM Cold Air Intakes
- AAM Resonated Short Tails
- AAM High Flow Cats
- APR Carbon Front Splitter with Support Rods
- Reinforced Splitter Bracket
- VIS Racing Carbon Vented Hood
- Veilside Carbon Spoiler
- ZOCIETY Sunstrip
- Blacked Badges
- Carbon Roof Wrap
- JDM Plates (Personal Plates)
- Bumper Refurb & personalisation
- Tow Hook
- NiftyCity Central Console Module
- Diamond Car Mats
- Interior Glow
- Custom Switches
- Dragonball Shifter
- SickSpeed Infinity Mirror
- Wheel Spacers (Front & Rear)
- Tyre Lettering
- Wheel Colour Change
I'm not going to beat around the bush here, when I bought the car I was a newbie to car modifications & had never worked on a car before. I started off doing small modifications like the DragonBall Shifter & the Interior Glow myself but seeking professional help on some modifications.
Work completed myself has been:
- Carbon Hood installation
- Interior Glow installation
- Underglow installation
- Sunstrip installation
- Dragonball Shifter Installation
- JDM Plate (bracket) installation
- Tyre Lettering application
- Wheel Spacer installation
- Blacked Badges installation
Other modifications have been carried out by various shops, but a few places I would like to thank are:
- Extreme Finishing (Basingstoke) for visual work on the bumper refurb & rear wing installation.
- Horsham Developments (Chieveley) for the remap & splitter bracket installation.
Personally, I don't think I could sell the Z, there simply isn't another car I "want" like I did when I saw the Z. Visually, I don't have many plans now as I am happy with the overall look & I want to save some money for a bit - but down the line, you can bet on it I'll be boosting the Z & potentially bags. Let's see what the future brings for Takara.
If you're looking to buy a Z, just please please please do not buy it & expect to be doing long trips... As much as the Z is more than capable of handling it, you're going to burn a huge hole in your pocket on fuel - they DRINK. Other than that, I have no drawbacks to the car, no regrets & can honestly say if you're considering it... pull the trigger & get one - you will not be disappointed. Oh & if you are, you can always hand the Z to me - could do with a separate drifter to the daily ;)
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Coming into the car scene they have given me an avenue to connect with various like-minded people & steer clear of a lot of the negativity which can circulate sometimes. They try to do things differently & spread a positive message for all with the same hobby & host events which all can attend. Big thanks to Reflex for the support over the years & for helping me grow my following on social media.
The car scene has brought me a lot over the years, be it friends, memories, ups, downs, laughter & overall great life experiences. I've had long trips out, encounters with local enforcement, social engagement at shows, near misses on track, a few knocks skidding & I honestly wouldn't change a thing. Since owning the car I have loved every minute of it - purchasing a car in the car community & modifying is more than just metal on wheels - it can be a whole life opening experience - it is what makes it.
My dream car would be a 964 RWB Porsche - seeing Nakai San's work handcrafting each RWB is purely a work of art. However, you won't catch me swapping the Z out for one I tell you that ;)
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