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pimpm3
pimpm3 HalfDork
8/1/14 9:36 p.m.

I recently bought this 1991 q45 to flip. It is a rare Q45a which has the active suspension system they offered in the early 90's. Even rarer is the fact that it isn't a beat down POS like most Q45's I encounter. Everything works and it is in astonishing condition. It only has 104,000 miles.

For some reason have this strange desire to enter it in the challenge. I know it is a heavy, wallowing barge but come on a hundred shot and some Hoosiers can over come right....

Here it is in all it's 90's baller glory....

pimpm3
pimpm3 HalfDork
8/1/14 9:37 p.m.

Think of it as a JDM P71.

Mr_Clutch42
Mr_Clutch42 HalfDork
8/1/14 9:58 p.m.

It has a transverse engine (ie, FWD) so it should be less fun than an American P71 for the $2014 Challenge. If you do use it, make sure you set it up so you will use the Hoosiers for a later date.

pimpm3
pimpm3 HalfDork
8/1/14 10:04 p.m.

Q45's are rear wheel drive, the intake manifold makes it look front wheel drive. 278 hp stock, this one has forged bbs wheels and active suspension.

M2Pilot
M2Pilot HalfDork
8/1/14 10:05 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Clutch42:

It's RWD. I test drove a Q45 back to back with a LS400 when they first came out. I was very impressed with the Q45. Thought my GF was gonna buy one.

MrChaos
MrChaos Reader
8/1/14 10:14 p.m.

275hp/296 ft lbs stock so a 200 shot should help

the vh45de is safe up to 500hp on stock internals...

ryanty22
ryanty22 Dork
8/1/14 10:15 p.m.

I always liked the infiniti better than the lexus

ryanty22
ryanty22 Dork
8/1/14 10:16 p.m.

And those BBS wheels are so PIMPtastic

EvanB
EvanB UltimaDork
8/1/14 10:18 p.m.

I would daily drive the E36 M3 out of that.

nepa03focus
nepa03focus HalfDork
8/1/14 11:02 p.m.

I'm digging the gold door handles

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/1/14 11:20 p.m.

Bring it. No matter where you finish, you'll have fun.

sethmeister4
sethmeister4 Dork
8/2/14 1:20 a.m.

Man, that's the nicest one of those I've ever seen! That would look sick with some fat Hoosiers!

Racer1ab
Racer1ab Dork
8/2/14 2:19 a.m.
EvanB wrote: I would daily drive the E36 M3 out of that.

Ditto. Please tell me you're listing it here when you're done with it.

Strike_Zero
Strike_Zero SuperDork
8/2/14 4:04 a.m.

Do it!!

  1. Roll the challenge in luxury
  2. Beat the brakes off it
  3. ????
  4. Profit
Mr_Clutch42
Mr_Clutch42 HalfDork
8/2/14 7:05 a.m.

In reply to pimpm3: That's what happens when I assume a car is FWD! So, race it in the challenge, then sell it.

tjbell
tjbell Reader
8/2/14 7:14 a.m.

That thing is pretty awesome... odd looking but awesome

clutchsmoke
clutchsmoke Dork
8/2/14 7:41 a.m.

Where the hell was that thing kept? A bubble? Comfy cruiser. Make that suspension stiff and throw the widest meats possible underneath.

Knurled
Knurled PowerDork
8/2/14 7:54 a.m.
pimpm3 wrote: Think of it as a JDM P71.

Best description of the Q41/45 that I've ever seen.

Sad that the cheap ones get turned into drift cars with the interiors crowbared out and the suspension destroyed.

Drive it like the luxobarge that it is. Also autocross it because DUUUUDE.

SilverFleet
SilverFleet SuperDork
8/2/14 8:44 a.m.

BRING IT!!!!

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
8/2/14 9:05 a.m.

why does it appear to have a marine battery switch on the right suspension turret?

racerdave600
racerdave600 Dork
8/2/14 9:23 a.m.

I used to own one back in the day. Awesome cars and deceptively quick. The engine was the basis for their indycar program.

pimpm3
pimpm3 HalfDork
8/2/14 10:03 a.m.

I have no idea, maybe to cut all power while stored, I was wondering same thing when I first looked at it.

mad_machine wrote: why does it appear to have a marine battery switch on the right suspension turret?
JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 UltimaDork
8/2/14 10:04 a.m.
mad_machine wrote: why does it appear to have a marine battery switch on the right suspension turret?

I saw that too. I figured it was installed either due to a unexpected battery drain or since it may have sat for long periods of time, this was installed to combat expected battery drain.

singleslammer
singleslammer SuperDork
8/2/14 10:16 a.m.

Damn man, don't challenge it. Sell it, to me! I love those things but around here they are all gone. That is too nice to berkeley up.

mndsm
mndsm MegaDork
8/2/14 10:31 a.m.

That thing is REALLLLLY pretty. I'd DD it if it was mine.

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