To make a car run 10 laps is easy, but to run it for three hours straight is a whole other game
Any typical form of motor sport is a demanding ask on your car, as you push it to the absolute limits of its designed purpose and beyond, in races that usually last around 10 or 15 laps. But take that one step further and attempt to pound a race circuit for three hours, with only one pit stop, and you are dealing with a whole new level of parameters. No longer are you focusing on making a car as fast as your budget will allow, instead factors like reliability and economy come into play. You will have heard that old saying, ‘to finish first, first you must finish’, well it was undoubtedly an enduro racer who came up with it.
The marketplace is filled with too-good-to-be-true deals when it comes to parts for our cars, and unknowing purchasers can find themselves lumped with fake products that can be poorly built and cut into company profits.
Pirated wheels are being targeted by wheel manufacturer BBS to put a stop to fake wheels and their distributors. BBS’ efforts have already managed to put a stop to one international ring of counterfeiters.
Counterfeit products are being found to be sold on well-known online auction sites, and BBS warns that people who buy these products are not only buying a lower quality product, but they could be putting their lives in danger as well.
And there we have it, the last stop in the NZPC Summer Tour for the 2013/2014 season! Though its safe to say this weekend’s Wellington event well and truly confirmed that summer is over, the rain held out and the cars showed up in their hundreds. Thank you to all those that came out for the afternoon to say hello, and a huge thumbs up to NAC Insurance for helping us to put on these events each summer, your support is most appreciated! Check out these photos from the day, and keep an eye out for NZPC issue #210, hitting stores April 28, for full coverage!
High-tech grunt wrapped in rare Japanese tin — Leighton’s RB30DET C110 is a perfect marriage of Nissan power and nostalgia
New Zealanders have long had a love affair with the humble Datsun automobile. For many years, and certainly ever since we staffers can remember, we’ve seen all manner of 1200s, 1600s and the odd 240Z rolling round our fair shores. While it’s true that most of them were clapped-out shitters back in the day — they were many people’s first cars, after all — fortunes have changed for the humble Datsun in recent years. That’s thanks to an increasing scarcity of healthy examples, an explosion of old-school Kiwi car culture, and perhaps a new general worldwide appreciation of all things relating to nostalgic Japanese tin.
Local graphic designer Andrew Stewart, from AWS Graphics, has taken out the Falken Tire competition to design the livery for 2011 Formula Drift (FD) champion Dai Yoshihara’s 2014 Subaru BRZ. The entrants were to use Forza 5 to design their livery, and entries had to be submitted by January 31.
The contest brief outlined strict guidelines to be followed, and the contest press release listed what logos to include and a loose brief as to where they should go on the car. “Because of the experience I had working with sponsors I was able to read between the lines and understand what they wanted to produce the winning design,” Stewart later commented in an interview.