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 |  May 06 2010, 9:01 AM

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Nissan has just released new photos of the stunning BRE 370Z, including several on track at Road Atlanta with the car that inspired it – the original BRE 240Z. The BRE 370Z was created to celebrate 40 years since Peter Brock, John Morton and the Southern California-based Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) team clinched the SCCA Championships, ending a long-sanding dominance by German and British sports cars. Painted in the now iconic red, white and blue BRE colors (just like the original 240Z race car), this sports car is an homage not only to the racers and their car, but to all that the Z has become.

The car itself is built to SCCA T2 regs and has a “old school” manual transmission combined with Nissan’s very modern SynchroRev Match system. Based on the 40th Anniversary 370Z it also gets Nissan’s full 370Z Sport Package, including front and rear lips, 19-inch Rays wheels, upgraded brakes and a limited-slip differential. Plus, there’s a long list of minor trim upgrades like red door panel inserts, red stitching on the center stack and shift boot, as well as 40th Anniversary badging inside and out.

Nissan will show the car at several Z Club events this year, including ZCon 2010, which makes its way to Nashville this year from July 28 to August 1.

While there are not plans (yet) to put the BRE 370Z into production, the 40th Anniversary Edition 370Z on which it’s based is available, with just  1,000 units being made. Still, we could really go for the full BRE treatment. Come on Nissan…

GALLERY: BRE 370Z

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Official release after the jump:

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 |  May 03 2010, 9:06 AM

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Over the weekend Nissan unveiled the BRE 370Z at Road Atlanta, to celebrate 40 years since Peter Brock, John Morton and the Southern California-based Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) team clinched the SCCA Championships, ending a long-sanding dominance by German and British sports cars. Painted in the now iconic red, white and blue BRE colors (just like the original 240Z race car), this sports car is an homage not only to the racers and their car, but to all that the Z has become.

The car itself is built to SCCA T2 regs and has a “old school” manual transmission combined with Nissan’s very modern SynchroRev Match system. Based on the 40th Anniversary 370Z it also gets Nissan’s full 370Z Sport Package, including front and rear lips, 19-inch Rays wheels, upgraded brakes and a limited-slip differential. Plus, there’s a long list of minor trim upgrades like red door panel inserts, red stitching on the center stack and shift boot, as well as 40th Anniversary badging inside and out.

Nissan will show the car at several Z Club events this year, including ZCon 2010, which makes its way to Nashville this year from July 28 to August 1.

While there are not plans (yet) to put the BRE 370Z into production, the 40th Anniversary Edition 370Z on which it’s based is available, with just  1,000 units being made.

GALLERY: BRE Nissan 370Z

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Official release after the jump:

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 |  Apr 19 2010, 1:24 PM

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Racing legends Peter Brock and John Morton will fly their famous #46 red, white, and blue pattern on a classic Japanese roadster once again. But rather than on the Datsuns that made this livery so renowned, it will be on the most popular roadster ever sold or raced, the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The car will fly the BRE colors next weekend as part of Round 2 of the 2010 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup at Road Atlanta.

After the decision was made to honor Peter Brock of BRE at the upcoming 2010 Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta, one of the biggest vintage racing weekends of the year on the east coast, Mazda sketched up a BRE graphics package for the MX-5 and then got Morton and Brock onboard.  With 2010 being the 40th anniversary of Morton’s SCCA C Production (CP) Championship at Road Atlanta in a BRE prepared racecar and his racing career including more than a few race wins with Mazda, the connection was strong.

As Peter Brock stated, “It’s been some 37 years since a factory supported car in BRE livery sat on a racing grid.  Seeing the new MX-5 in our traditional colors almost brings tears to my eyes. It’s wonderful that Mazda, a company that really loves, understands and supports racing of all kinds, has seen fit to honor our team’s great racing history with this new spirit of competition”

According to John Morton, “This Walter Mitty weekend is very special for me because it is bringing together so many facets that were significant in my racing career.  First is the reunion and recognition of our championship winning BRE team that Peter Brock developed in the late sixties and that led me to two SCCA National Championships and two 2.5 Trans-Am Championships in the early seventies.  Second is the opportunity Mazda has given me to race in a professional race in my sixth decade of competition.  Twenty-six years ago I shared the BFG-sponsored, class winning Mazda Lola at Le Mans which was the beginning of a long relationship with both companies.  The Mazda Miata MX-5 I will be racing at the Mitty, the only real modern sports car in mass production, is a reincarnation of the cars that started this sport in America in the late forties.”

Robert Davis, Senior Vice President, Mazda North American Operations, added, “Mazda is a team of enthusiasts.  Long before we began working behind the scenes for Mazda, we were race fans.  We love the sport and the heritage.  This opportunity to pay tribute to Pete, John, and the BRE team is something we did out of respect, with knowledge that there are others like us who appreciate the blending of heritage and modern sport.”

Mazda unveiled the BRE MX-5 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the Mothers Polish display within the fan expo.  If you are a fan of BRE, we recommend you pack your best 70′s wardrobe and get yourself to Road Atlanta on April 29th thru May 2nd.