Trying to get my writing back in order, but may find drawing easier at this point. This is a car for one story I'm trying to make. A Datsun 240Z.
Been trying to make this story on my own but anyone who reads it will probably spot the Initial D influences. Oh well...not like I'm trying to steal the story, everybody is influenced by somebody else yada yada.
I've been unsure about posting this since well...
I wanted to have a story chapter to go along with this among other things but in my attempts to get back into a story writing groove, I'm in a situation where it may be actually EASIER for me to draw a story out than write it down.
I could simply be trying too hard or not in a right direction but I'm at a roadblock. While I've been able to outline a backstory and such in both summary and to some extent detail, I'm still trying to honestly figure more deeper things out, such as making even one-off characters have actual depth to them.
While I'm trying to figure that out...I've been making some effort to get back into drawing but...I don't know if I'll be able to honestly keep at it on one end.
But I'm rather sick and tired of setbacks...so I may simply keep at it regardless of what the hell goes on with my life less I'm so pissed I'm breaking pencils (and yes that has and will continue to happen).
So...what about this?
A few story ideas have been on my mind for a long while. I don't think I can keep it a secret if I wanted to that among other things, Initial D and Wangan Midnight have rubbed off me a LOT and been wanting to make a story of my own.
Thing being though is while yes, I have those influences, I've been trying rather hard to make it MY OWN story on my own basis. I don't want it to be a carbon copy of either manga/anime, simply set it America but make it something of my own.
Only issue being with how I've been trying to flesh out characters...if/when I ever get to showing it, one of the protagonists will likely give reminders of Takumi Fujiwara even though Devin is as different to Fujiwara as night and day.
But I suppose when in a pursuit of something, even with all of the differences, when you're in pursuit of being the best and fastest at what you can do, there's going to be overlap regardless, influences aside.
We'll see...but, yeah, this car.
It's a Nissan S30, while known by the domestic market in Japan as the Fairlady Z, elsewhere it was known as a Datsun Z. I don't wanna simply re-tell the Z story so I'll get to what's what with this car.
As of now, it's had a few changes. Besides some obvious visual cues, it's had changes to it's suspension, brakes and tires to handle and run better. Far as powertrain components go, that L24 is a rebuilt model with more durable parts on the top and bottom end, with triple weber carbs and a large air-air intercooler, with a turbo that's LOOSELY based around the Garret TB03.
While the piston head, connecting rods and crankshaft are newer compared to when it rolled off the factory, it's new forged pistons are still at the same compression ratio as the factory.
No points for guessing why the boost is only at .70bar or about 10.15 lbs of boost pressure, the ignition timing is far less advanced (I'd say it's a retarded timing point but that word sounds...wrong for too many reasons personally) and ditto for the camshaft timing.
Power jumps from 130/150 (depending on what rating you're willing to go with when it came out), to around 200, sometime before 6k with the torque of 200+ coming before 5k. Thanks to it's new parts it revs at around 7k without any real danger (yet).
To help ground the power, it's got a Borg warnter/Tremec T-5, not unlike what was on the 280ZX S130 turbo in America, with an aftermarket LSD because screw inside tire wheelspin in a corner.
These engine stats are a guess based off me messing around in Automation Car Tycoon.
I know it still isn't entirely accurate but it's a smarter, harder effort than anything else I've seen. So I'm only doing estimates at best for some figures. That and I'm still a bit inept at recreating engines, granted I comb the net for more exacting to post more but...we'll see.