Growing up, my generation had posters of the Lamborghini Countach, BMW M1, Ferrari Testarossa and Porsche 959 on our bedroom walls. As technology evolved, the canvas that was once painted drywall has evolved into a digital image on our cell phone or laptop. Nothing wrong with that at all.
For Shinichi Kameda, his love of cars is clear from the time and effort he has put into his 2005 Nissan 350Z. Having previously modified the car into a candy-apple red low-rider, Kameda wanted to give it a complete makeover. His vision centred around cues taken from the Porsche Panamera, which set him on the path that has led to the masterpiece you see here.
Grafted on and into the body of his 350Z was a Porsche Panamera Turbo body kit from Fairly Design of Japan. The task of creating custom fenders to make it all look right took significant effort, but made the transition from Porsche to Nissan cleaner. Head and tail lights from a Panamera were put in place of the stock lighting assemblies. The only Nissan-esque parts of the exterior that remain are the doors and the windshield. From the rear of the vehicle you can see the pair of Fairly Design Porsche exhaust tips that are connected to a DAMD exhaust system.
The Pana-Z, as Kameda calls it, rolls on 22-inch VIP Modular wheels. The 10-inch wide wheels are VXS210 models in the rear and VXS110 in the front. Pirelli PZero Nero tires connect the car to the ground. Underneath the massive wheels are 430mm (~17-inch) rotors in the front and 400mm (15.75-inch) rotors in the rear. Clamping the massive rotors are the huge callipers from the CSD 16POT Ultimate Brake system. The suspension utilizes stock shocks with a complete high speed air suspension system. At the touch of a button, Kameda can drop the car to the ground. Bumping power output from the VQ35 is an HKS supercharger.
The interior of the car was crafted by NEWING of Hyogo, Japan. Vast expanses of white leather cover almost every surface, including the doors, dash and seats. The shifter and parking brake are adorned with Swarovski style decoration by T-Factory.
The audio system in the Pana-Z advances the split-personality theme and is comprised of gear from Bewith of Japan. The Mirror Media MM-1 Digital Audio player heads up the system and is built around a custom rearview mirror that will accept a compact flash card. It features premium 24-bit 96kHz DACs – very cool. On the split side, when Kameda is competing in an SQ competition or just wants to kick it old school and pop in a CD, he switches up to the Pioneer Carrozzeria DEH-P940. Signals from the MM-1 are sent rearwards to a Bewith State sound processor that is equipped with crossovers and equalization, which allows for fine tuning. The Bewith State connects directly to the MM-1 through a proprietary digital cable.