Nissan brings 370Z winter sports and Armada Snow Patrol to Chicago Auto Show

Nissan – always in the spirit of the season – is celebrating the Chicago Auto Show expected winter weather with two winter vehicle concept vehicles crafted especially for the show.

On display at the show will be the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile.

Armada Snow Patrol

Armada Snow Patrol

The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol features a Pro Comp three-inch suspension lift, 35-inch tall Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road tires mounted on 20x9-inch Cognito Series 61 wheels with a Satin Black milled finish.  The front end is beefed up with a Smittybilt off-road bumper with grille protector bar and a winch mount with 12,000-pound capacity winch.

Armada Snow Patrol

Lighting the way is a roof-mounted DR36 double row LED light bar with flood and spot capabilities, along with a pair of grille-mounted 5-inch LED round motorsports lights.  M-1A running boards/rock sliders were added to help prevent road debris damage, and to supplement the Armada’s large interior cargo space, a one-piece Defender rack was mounted to the roof.

Inside, Katzkin provided premium leather-wrapped front seats with pearl color surfaces and cement color perforated inserts, cobalt color wings, contrasting cobalt stitching and Armada Snow Patrol logo seatback inserts.  A custom body wrap by Icon Image Graphics, with special Armada Snow Patrol logo, was the final touch

Armada Snow Patrol
Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Project Build Specifications

Base Vehicle:                     2018 Nissan Armada full-size SUV

Drivetrain:                          390-horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8; 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, manual mode and Synchronized Rev Control and tow/haul mode; all-wheel drive; 8,500-pound maximum towing capacity.

Modifications:

Modification Supplier
Wheels – Cognito Series 61

20x9, Satin Black milled

Pro Comp
Tires – Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road, 35x12.50R20 Pro Comp
Suspension lift kit – 2-inch front/1-inch rear level lift Pro Comp
Off-road bumper – M1A2 with grille protector bar, XRC 12,000-lb winch Smittybilt
Side steps – M1A2 Smittybilt
Fog lights – 5-inch LED round motorsports lights Pro Comp
Light Bar – Explorer Lighting S4 LED Cube and LED light bars Pro Comp
Sport overfenders – M-1 fender flares with 2-inches extra tire coverage, stainless steel rivets Smittybilt
Roof rack – Defender one-piece, 4’ x 4’ Smittybilt
Weather shields Nissan Australia
Front seats – Premium leather-wrapped front seats, pearl color with cement color perforated inserts and cobalt wings and contrasting stitching, Armada Snow Patrol logo seatback inserts Katzkin
Geometric body wrap Icon Image Graphics
All-weather floor liners Weather Tech
Armada Snow Patrol
Armada Snow Patrol
Armada Snow Patrol

Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile

Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile

Dubbed the “370Zki” – pronounced “370-Ski” – the 332-horsepower 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile is ready to tackle ski slopes and backwoods trails alike with its front skis and rear snow tracks replacing the iconic sports car’s usual high-performance tires.

Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile

Transformation of the 370Z was a bit more challenging than the Armada. To make room for the rear DOMINATOR Tracks from the entire drivetrain was first removed from the 370Z Roadster. A custom lift kit was engineered to lift the vehicle three inches from the normal height. Next came fabrication of custom mountings for the rear suspension springs and three-inch custom spacers to mount the snow tracks to the wheel hubs. The factory brakes were retained but the brake lines had to be rerouted and the exhaust system was modified to fit under the vehicle. The rear wheel wells were also modified for clearance of the four-foot long snow tracks.

Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile
Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile

Up front, the suspension was modified to accommodate the new ride height, and adaptors were made to allow the appropriate travel and rotation for the front skis – which were mounted with spacers to the stock wheel hubs. The engine and transmission also had to be custom-mounted and a front skid plate fabricated to prevent damage during snow excursions.

The bold and bright custom body wrap was created and applied by Icon Image Graphics and – as a final touch – the headlights were tinted yellow to resemble ski goggles.

 Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile
 Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile
Nissan 370Zki Project Build Specifications

Base Vehicle:                     Nissan 370Z Roadster

Drivetrain:                          332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6, RWD, 7-speed automatic transmission

Top:                                       Cloth power-folding roof with fabric inner liner

Modifications:

Part/system

Supplier/modification
DOMINATOR® Tracks

Width 15 inches

Length 48 inches

Height 30 inches

American Track Truck, Inc.
Front skis

Width 12 inches

Length 56 inches

American Track Truck, Inc.
Wheel wells Opened up, front and rear
Wheel spacers 3-inch front and rear
Suspension

 

Custom mounting fabrication front and rear
Brakes Factory spec front and rear, relocated – including brake lines
Steering Factory spec
Engine Factory spec 3.7-liter V6, 332 hp, 270 lb-ft torque
Body wrap Icon Image Graphics
Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile.
Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the Nissan 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile.
Nissan brings 370Z winter sports and Armada Snow Patrol to Chicago Auto Show

The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the 370Zki Roadster Snowmobile will be on public display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 10th through Feb. 19th at Chicago’s McCormick Place.