May 2, 2014 | Lara



New Zealand’s very own V8 Supercar driver Shane Van Gisbergen will be at the wheel of the MCA Suspension ‘Hammerhead’ during this year’s World Time Attack Challenge.

With Earl Bamber now driving for the Porsche Supercup team, the Queensland-based MCA Suspension team was on the lookout for a driver who would be able to takeover driving the MCA S13 Silvia.

Van Gisbergen says: “I can’t wait! The times these cars are doing on radial tyres is just plain nuts, and driving on the absolute limit is where I am most comfortable. With time attack racing there is no need to preserve the car or tyres like in enduro. It is just get in and drive the absolute wheels off it from go to whoa, which suits me just fine. Plus, to be honest, I have a bit of a Silvia thing going on as my road/track day car in New Zealand is an S15.” Read the full story »

May 1, 2014 | Marcus

This was the view on-board with Robbie Ward in the RIPS Racing R32 GTR on his way to the 7.48 @189MPH run during the last meeting at Meremere Dragway over the weekend.  The GT-R has been on fire all season long, and the team had high hopes heading into the final event for great weather and a good track, setting the goal to run a 7.5 and 185MPH. Straight off the trailer the GT-R went 7.60 @ 183MPH to reset their PB and continued to run quicker throughout the day until the 7.48 @ 189mph with a mild 1.23 60ft. With one more run left in the day the team put a full kill tune in and went for broke. Sadly the engine fought back dropping a cylinder during the run. Over the winter the engine will be rebuilt and no doubt the GT-R will return bigger and better. Read the full story »

Apr 30, 2014 | Lara




This month we take you through a few simple procedures to help you diagnose and fix one of the all-time most irritating car issues — a battery that just can’t be trusted. There’s nothing worse than building your car and finally getting it on the road, then constantly wondering whether it’s going to start the next time you get in it. There are a few potential reasons — maybe your battery is just poked (fingers crossed); your alternator has given up; or something electrical is holding on once the ignition is switched off, draining the battery voltage. Whatever the problem is, it can be found and fixed, hopefully without too much cost and effort —  Scott Baillie from Baillie Autoelectrix in Auckland shows us how. For the purposes of this how-to, we’ve used Scott’s 2002 Subaru WRX STI as the test car. Read the full story »

Apr 29, 2014 | Lara


Take a closer look at Shannan Baker’s extremely well-built Evo V street machine — it’s nearly perfect

There’s nothing quite like your very first car — it’s a symbol of all that is great with your new-found adulthood — but there comes a point when you know it’s time to move on, time to grow up, to gain more speed and more grip.

Shannan Baker, from Invercargill, was in that exact situation seven years ago — faced with the sad reality he was going to have to part with his beloved, if slow and heavy, Toyota Celica to upgrade to something new. Read the full story »

Apr 28, 2014 | Marcus

RX-8 engine

We love nothing more here at NZPC than the day the new magazine returns from the printers, that excitement of checking out the freshly printed magazine for the first time is hard to beat. But for issue 210 it marked a sad moment in that it would be the last with Pedey as editor. So with that in mind, we really wanted to go out with a bang and could think of nothing more befitting for the cover than the copper coated Mazda RX-8 of Leon Phillips  Read the full story »

Apr 23, 2014 | Lara


This well-balanced JZX100 is a perfect example of going far, but not too far

It seems that in recent times more and more of the cars in our scene are going to one of two extremes — either very minimally modified, or all out, over-the-top, barely-legal race cars for the road, or simply trailer-only race cars, as is becoming more and more common these days. A valley in between those two extremes has been slowly widening, and though it used to be filled with a huge number of hard core street cars, these days there seem to be fewer populating the gap, as people split one of those two ways: street-legal aesthetics or race-only performance.

Aucklander Philip Hyunh shows that not only are there still cars in that gap, but it remains a viable option in a world where laws are getting tougher, and anything performance related is getting more and more expensive. Philip’s 1998 Toyota Chaser Tourer V strikes the perfect balance — it looks good, it’s alarmingly quick, yet it’s still completely streetable, not to mention comfortable — it’s a true all-rounder.  Read the full story »

Apr 16, 2014 | Lara


With our esteemed leader and Editor in Chief Peter ‘Pedey’ Kelly heading off overseas, an opportunity has opened up here at Parkside Towers within the NZ Performance Car editorial team. Though Pedey keeps banging on about how no one will ever be able to live up to his “writing prowess, kickass driving skills and brutal facial hair”, we can only but try. Do you have the necessary experience, the knowledge and the heart-melting beard to step into his tiny, off-puttingly woman-sized editorial shoes?

We’re looking for a well-connected, senior journalist for the high-profile role of Editor and Brand Manager of the NZ Performance Car stable. This is a rare opportunity for the right person to lead a team with energy and enthusiasm, someone who exudes a passion for one the world’s best modified import scenes. As the figurehead of the brand, you will be a seasoned print journalist already working at a senior level and know what it takes to deliver a world-class special-interest magazine within tight deadlines, month after month.

This isn’t really your average entry level position, so although we’re stoked that your life is all about skids, gating it and Titans with Cennies, the new editor will need to bring an extended and high-quality media network to the position, together with superb people skills, a strong news sense, proven experience with online brand management, great connections with the personalities within the modified import scene, as well as a restless pursuit of world-class, leading-edge media design standards. You will be equally at ease talking to readers, agents and publicists as you are sharing your vision with advertising agencies and internal stakeholders.

Also, as a leader in our senior creative team you will have proven commercial acumen and preferably a minimum of five years’ experience working across several facets of magazines and their complementary online channels, together with managing staff and budgets.

If you have the passion, skills, and experience to manage New Zealand’s best-selling automotive title, and back yourself against the incumbent Assistant Ed. in a Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan–style battle for the top job, respond now with your cover letter and CV to

Whatever the outcome of the application process, by advertising the position of Editor we are welcoming the chance to review the available talent pool, and opportunities exist within the team for the right applicant. If you are not successful with your application as Editor, there may be options to explore as Assistant Editor or within the wider editorial pool; so don’t delay, apply now and let us know what you could bring to our team.

Apr 16, 2014 | Lara


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. Read the full story »