So this is rather insane. UK-based FRP Automotive has developed an entire Datsun 240Z body made of, you guessed it, FRP (fiber reinforced polymer). The company offers the entire body, or individual panels including doors, hood, trunk and fenders. Now you can build the Frankenstein hybrid or circuit weapon Z of your choice without dealing with the dreaded iron oxide cancer.
According to the company’s website, the FRP bodies are designed to “out perform the original steel shell with regards to strength and stiffness.” A steel tube skeleton forming the structure of A-pillars, firewall and roof is hidden beneath the laminate skin.
Like the original steel-bodied Zs, the door sills and rear quarters are enclosed by two sheets of material, but in this case FRP has filled the space between with foam cores for better rigidity.
The FRP Automotive website indicates how much it would cost, and it makes sense in the damp rust-prone climates of England. With the addition of the FutoFab 510 body panels, we are seeing the beginnings of an industry supporting complete ground-up JNC builds like the kind Mustang and Camaro enthusiasts have enjoyed for years.