East African Safari Rally Car:
Datsun 260Z For Sudle Motorsport
Initially Auto-Active was commissioned to produce a 'replica' East African Safari Rally car, which would resemble the original successful Nissan works team 240Z, driven by Shekta Mehta, to have appropriately increased performance for the road and perhaps club rallying in the UK.
This early specification evolved over a period of time to become a more serious project with professional rallying potential and late in the day the decision was made to have a go at the East African Safari Rally in 2007.
The original concept and project were abandoned in favour of a new build, fully strengthened early 260Z shell, reinforced with full roll cage and engine bay bracing, modern competition suspension and brakes, large capacity aluminium fuel tank, rally specification engine, and all 'state of the art' accessories to do the 'real thing'.
The project was shipped to Kenya in early September 2007 where it was to be fitted out with its rally equipment and livery, trials and testing by the Sudle Motorsport team prior to the rally event in late November.
We at Auto-Active are proud to have been involved in such a prestigious project, and would like to thank all those involved who worked so hard to make it happen.
Our congratulations to Harpal and Harvinda and the Sudle Motorsport Team on successfully completing the rally. Position: 36
Auto-Active - constructors and sponsors of East African Safari Rally Car No57 Reg: RMJ 620M for client from 1 March 2007 to 11 September 2007
Early (1974) 260Z 2 seater, stripped to bare metal and all rust cut out and replaced with new steel.
Standard front screen and rear quarter lights, 'polycarb' rear screen and door 'glass' with competition sliding apertures both sides. All fitted with new standard body kit rubber and stainless trim.
Datsun emblems to front wings and rear quarter vents
Standard front and rear lights fitted and tested
Brakes and Clutch
Both systems fully overhauled with new copper tubing throughout fitted internally, and new braided flexible hoses externally. Rear brakes standard*. Front brakes Hilux 4 pot calipers with vented discs and spacers*.
All suspension components cleaned and painted and refitted with new 'poly' competition bushes, including new anti-roll bar links and bushes. Rear wishbones seam welded. Competition compressed air struts* fitted all round. with new wheel bearings and bushes. Minilite wheels* and rally tyres*.
Gearbox and Differential
Standard gearbox from donor car cleaned and refitted with standard clutch. Limited slip differential* fitted with safety strap, standard drive shafts and prop shaft.
260Z rally spec unit specifically sourced for this project with high compression, polished and ported head. Rally cam and triple 40 DHLA DELORTO carbs with filters and fuel regulator. Jan speed six branch manifold and stainless system, custom fabricated. 280ZX electronic distributor and coil, oil cooler and new large capacity three core radiator.
Custom designed and copyrighted large capacity, light weight aluminium fuel cell and fixing straps. Duel facet* fuels pumps, braided hosing running internally from inside rear compartment to fuel regulator in engine bay. Electronic cut-off switch.
All further specialist rally equipment fitting out, seats, steering wheel, mud flaps, spot lights, navigation aids etc was undertaken by client's team in Africa as was all final testing and setting up of the vehicle for the rally. Congratulations to them all for a magnificent achievement.
As sponsors of this team as well as vehicle supply, construction and assembly as commissioned by Sudle Motorsport, Auto-Active supplied separately:-
As featured in Banzai Magazine January 2009