The vehicles are a customized Armada called the Snow Patrol and a custom 370Z with tank treads on back and skis out front called the 370Zki. Wendy Orthman from Nissan Communications joined ABC7 Tuesday morning to talk about the Nissan 370Zki.
Nissan Armada Snow Patrol concept - Picture courtesy of NissanAlthough another model making its debut on the Nissan stand in Chicago is also a great vehicle for dealing with winter weather, the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol is a little more conventional than the 370Zki.
In order to fit the tracks and skis under the 370Z, Nissan Engineers created a custom 3-inch suspension lift, and 3-inch wheel spacers allow the tracks and skis adequate travel space.
The Snow Patrol is fitted out with a two inch front and one inch rear lift kit, 20-inch wheels shod in 35-inch Pro Comp MT2 extreme off-road tyres, and a high-clearance front bumper equipped with 5.5-tonne winch and LED light bar.
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Nissan retained the standard brakes, but the brake lines had to be rerouted and the exhaust system was modified to fit under the vehicle. Even the engine and transmission of the 370Z had to be custom-mounted, and a front skidplate was fabricated to prevent damage during snow excursions. Furthermore, the vehicle company also attached a custom wrap while also tinting the headlights yellow, making them look like ski goggles.
Michael Bunce, Nissan's vice president of product planning, said: "With the Nissan Z's long heritage of motorsports competition, the 370Zki seemed like a natural combination. It's also fun to shake things up with something totally unexpected once in a while - and that's the Nissan 370Zki". Also on display will be a custom Nissan Armada Snow Patrol SUV.
By comparison, the cosmetic part of the conversion was relatively easy.
The 2018 Chicago Auto Show will take place at the McCormick Place from February 10 to February 19.