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Nissan‘s resurgence with the Z model has been quite a hit and the 370Z has been the perfect successor to the ever-popular 350Z. With the VQ37HR powering the way to a more streamlined body, it’s no surprise that the aftermarket has embraced the 370Z with open arms. While there are tons of nicely built 370Zs in America, it’s always nice to see what’s being done in Japan as inspiration of fully functional, cleanly built cars.
Most enthusiasts often find it sacrilegious to mix and match parts from various manufacturers when it comes to building their car. Perhaps it’s just brand loyalty or a fancy way of keeping a clean spec sheet, but we don’t always run across cars like this. Instead of sticking to just one brand for the entire vehicle, this owner mixed and matched with what he/she thought looked best on the 370Z. The result? A Top Secret front spoiler with integrated brake ducts has been combined with Varis twin carbon fiber intake ducts and Varis carbon fiber hood. On the hood are Top Secret aerocatch hood pins and in the rear is a carbon fiber wing from Mine’s. And outfitting each corner are none other than Volk Racing’s TE-37 wheels in a classic white finish enhanced with a blue pinstripe on the lip.
One thing’s for sure, every part of the car is a nice high quality component from a reputable brand in Japan. While we’re more used to seeing full out Top Secret cars, or full Varis cars, it’s refreshing to see someone break the mold a little bit, blending the best of all worlds for a great looking car.
GALLERY: JDM Nissan 370Z
[Source: The Real JDM]
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but for Rays Engineering it’s a thorn in their side. Their most popular wheel, the TE37, is quite possibly the most copied wheel in the world. We have seen so many variants of the 6-spoke design, some virtually identical to the TE37 and some adding a little spice to the design but still sporting the same decals. We’ve always been very anti-imitation, so we figured we’d continue spreading the good news and help preserve the beauty of the TE37 wheel.
Rays Engineering (manufacturer of Volk Racing wheels) has updated their 17- and 18-inch TE37 models to mimic their 19-inch model with the engraved stampings on the lip of the wheel. These engravings include the Volk Racing logo, Made in Japan, Rays Eng., VIA/JWL, Forged, and Monoblock. Rays Engineering states that this is just another step of precaution to show the difference between the original and copied wheels.
We all know the TE37 is quite possibly the world’s most famous wheel. It also has a rich background on race cars, proving that its lightweight and ingenuous design does work. So for those out there fakin’ it around with imitations, we point, laugh and mock you. It’s ok though, we’re sure you’re pointing back, laughing back and mocking at our empty wallets.
[Source: Farm of Minds]
With literally tens of thousands of wheel designs on the market, there are only a select few that rise above the rest. Rays Engineering’s Volk Racing TE37 is just such a wheel. The simple six-spoke lightweight design has been seen outfitted on vehicles from 1988 Honda CR-Xs to 2010 BMW E92 M3s.
But now Rays Engineering has found a way to make one of the world’s best wheels even better. Forget the adage of, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” because clearly the TE37 wasn’t broken and didn’t need fixing. Nonetheless, the new Volk Racing TE37 Super Lap (SL) sports a fancy gunmetal finish and is done in what Rays Engineering is calling “Mold Form Forged.” In layman’s terms though that just means the TE37 SL is even lighter than the TE37 we’ve been feasting our eyes on for the last decade and change. Mackin Industries, U.S. importers for Volk Racing, reports that the TE37 SL is geared and targeted towards track use, with the majority of the applications being at least one pound lighter than its TE37 counterpart.
Current sizing is available in 17×7.5, 17×8.5, 17×9, 17×9.5, 18×9.5, 18×10, 18×10.5 and 18×11 with a variety of offsets for each size. Another timeless classic mildly refreshed for the future; we’re sure to see Volk Racing’s TE37 around for many more years to come.
GALLERY: Volk Racing TE37 Super Lap