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Lowering if the car was designed around it helps handling. Done to OEM cars, it is usually for looks only, and often causes troubles.
Why? At some point the design height of the car is settled on by the engineers and that is accounted for with every part, the sway bar swings in that arc, the LCAs do too as well as the strut travels to limits and then you lower to throw all of that off to one side and then begin to hit things when the limits run out artificially because the car is too low. Your current race hero does not have to deal with that, all those errors are accounted for with a race car because all parts were redesigned to work with that new 'at rest' position on body on the springs.
New cars sit higher because it makes them harder to bottom out with at the softer springs and struts that allow for comfort driving. The race car does not worry about that at all and then the lowering can be used for all out handling instead. Ever drive an all out handling car before?, it gets pretty old. You will work as hard as the car does, but then some people like self abuse, it makes them think they are 'doing something'.
Just posted here or on another Nissan site about a guy who lowered to find that his was bottoming out struts to tear them up in a month or two, he only went a little over an inch lower IIRC on the front. What I'm talking about, the LCAs tear up faster with the bushings twisted out of shape too.
When you lower you lose all travels built in to be out of the middle and it greatly narrows your suspension travel one way to artificially limit how far the car can work on it, that then forces you to greatly stiffen up everything since you cannot re-design the car, and then you are driving something that may handle better but does not feel nearly as comfortable driving as it did before.
Yours and do as you will................just sayin'.