The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and 370Zki will make their public debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.
The Japanese automaker has created a one-off 370Z Roadster “snowmobile,” ready to take on ski slopes and backwoods trails with its front skis and rear snow tracks replacing the car’s factory wheels and tires. As you can imagine, transforming the convertible sports car to a snow track-carving machine took quite a bit of work. Nissan had to remove the entire drivetrain in order to make room for the rear DOMINATOR Tracks from American Track Truck, Inc. A custom lift kit was designed and engineered, lifting the 370Z Roadster three inches from its normal height.
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From there, the automaker had to fabricate custom mountings for the rear suspension springs and three-inch custom spacers in order to mount the snow tracks to the wheel hubs. Although the factory brakes were retained, the brake lines had to be rerouted and the exhaust was modified to fit under the vehicle. Up front, the suspension had to be modified to accommodate the new ride height, and adapters were used to allow the appropriate travel and rotation for the front skis, which were also supplied by American Track Truck, Inc.
Helping the 370Zki further stand out from the crowd is a custom body wrap created and installed by Icon Image Graphics, while the headlights were tinted yellow to resemble ski goggles.
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Joining the 370Zki in Chicago will be the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol, sporting a three-inch suspension lift, extreme off-road tires, massive front bumper, light bar, and roof rack. Naturally Nissan used the customized Armada Snow Patrol to tow the 370Zki around for its promotional images, and the 370Zki will be on display hooked up to the Armada Snow Patrol.
Nissan began the Armada Snow Patrol project by installing a complete suspension lift kit from Pro Comp, giving the clearance needed to accommodate 35-inch tall Pro Comp MT2 maximum traction extreme off-road tires. The tires are mounted to 20×9-inch Cognito Series 61 wheels sporting a Satin Black milled finish.
Attention was then put on the front end, which sports a Smittybilt off-road bumper with grille protector bar and winch mount with a 12,000-pound capacity winch. On the roof is a DR36 double-row LED light bar with flood and spot capabilities, while additional lighting comes from a pair of grille-mounted five-inch LED round motorsports lights. Helping prevent road debris damage are M-1A running boards/rock sliders, and a one-piece Defender rack was mounted to the roof to supplement the Armada’s cargo space.
The interior also received a few upgrades, with premium leather-wrapped front seats sporting pearl color surfaces and cement color perforated inserts, cobalt color wings, contrasting cobalt stitching, and Armada Snow Patrol logo seatback inserts being added to the cabin. Icon Image Graphics was also called on to install a custom body wrap on the Armada.
Nissan said it plans on making it snow inside McCormick Center during the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, so check back with AutoGuide.com for live coverage starting February 8.
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