Modifying your car can be a daunting task, what with so many products available on the market, and conflicting views about which ones are effective.
To help you out with some solid advice, we’ve roped in Andre Simon from STM to tell you exactly what works and what doesn’t. This month he advises us on how to build any Toyota JAZ80 Supra into the perfect all-rounder, and shows us the steps you’ll need to follow if you want to get the best bang for your performance dollar …
Tell us a little about the Toyota Supra …
Toyota’s JZA80 Supra has achieved legendary status thanks mainly to its bulletproof 2JZ engine, and a drivetrain able to handle the abuse these engines can dish out. In the Japanese supercar realm, Toyota’s 2JZ is about the only engine of the same era that could stand its own ground when compared with the mighty RB26, and these two are fierce rivals. The 2JZ does have the advantage of an extra 400cc of capacity, which offers better boost response and a wider torque curve than the RB26.
In stock form, the 2JZ is limited by the sequential twin-turbo configuration and an ECU that isn’t easy to tweak or adjust. Fix these two areas, though, and the sky really is the limit, with the fastest and quickest sport compact cars on the planet relying on the mighty 2JZ for propulsion. While in serious drag applications, power levels of 1490kW are easily eclipsed, the 2JZ’s original claim to fame was its ability to support 745kW (1000whp) from a stock block. Not too many sport compact engines can make that claim!
Drift fans throughout the greater Auckland area are in for a treat as the season-ending grand final of Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship moves from Pukekohe Park Raceway to Mt Smart Stadium.
The may event will be the season’s only night event.
“We’ve been wanting to put on another day/night meeting at Mt Smart since we ran the first one there two years ago and now we can,” says series CEO and organizer Brendon White.
Christchurch boat mechanic Charles O’Malley has always had a thing for Subaru WRXs — he’s owned seven of them in the past, and although he’s owned some very nice rare examples, it was the GC8 STI Type R two-door coupé that held his attention, and he eventually picked one up. “I’ve always loved the shape of the coupé and how it drives,” Charles says. “After heaps of other Rexes I ended up getting this 1997 Type R coupé about six years ago.”
The completely stock-standard jet-black GC8D lived happily in Charles’ garage for the next year, only receiving very basic modifications — a new set of wheels and other bits and pieces — before disaster struck when the factory-fitted Subaru EJ20T ran a big-end bearing during a spot of aggressive driving. Charles admits: “It wasn’t my best moment, but I really liked the car so I didn’t want to give up on it.” However, he didn’t just want to rebuild the motor to stock specifications; Charles was after more power, and had been considering a change from Subaru’s famous all-wheel-drive configuration to something a little more tail-happy. “I always liked the idea of a rear-wheel-drive WRX coupé, so I thought I might as well look into it, since the car was in pieces. I was talking to a mate, and I joked it would just be easier to replace the EJ with a Nissan R20DET and gearbox. He basically dared me to do it, then it wasn’t a joke any more, and I just decided, why not?”
New Zealand motor sport driver Hayden Paddon has become the first Kiwi to secure a professional contract to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC) .
He has been signed by Hyundai Motorsport to contest seven events in the 2014 FIA WRC with long-time co-driver John Kennard, starting with Rally Italia Sardegna.
The pair will compete in a Hyundai i20 WRC (world rally car), entered as Hyundai Motorsport N, with the potential to earn points in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships. The crew will drive alongside the two Hyundai Shell World Rally Team i20 WRC branded cars, driven respectively by Thierry Neuville in #7 and by Juho Hänninen, Dani Sordo and Chris Atkinson sharing the drive in #8.
Hayden Paddon and John Kennard announce plans to drive for Hyundai
“It is an incredible opportunity to be part of the Hyundai Motorsport team in these very exciting times. This is what we have worked so hard for, and it will allow us to step up another level with a good programme, a good team and a good testing and development programme.” Paddon says.
Nathan Champman’s SR20DET-Powered Mazda RX-7 is bound to ruffle a few feathers.
Based out of Christchurch, 22-year-old mechanic Nathan Chapman has long had a love affair with two particular types of car — Mazda RX-7s and Nissan Silvias. He’s owned a few of both since first getting his licence as a
teenager, but until recently he never once thought he’d be able take both those loves and mash them into one beautiful machine.
“I’d had a few FD3S RX-7s in the past, and this 1992 Mazda RX-7 was the third,” Nathan says. “I rebuilt it from scratch with a 13B turbo power plant, but I got caught skidding it on the street, so to be mature I sold the running gear on Trade Me and the body to a friend, Scott McElroy.”
A sneak peek at our latest cover car shoot for the new issue — due out in stores this weekend! Just listen to that engine note — is there any better sound?
Hello Wellington! We’ll be heading to you for our final leg of the NZPC Summer Tour to meet up with other car enthusiasts and see what cars you have to show off.
Stop 5: Sunday, March 16, Riverbank Car park, Lower Hutt — 1–3pm
For us, there’s nothing better than finishing our NZPC Summer Tour in Wellington — it’s always the biggest and best of them all!
Once again, the awesome people at the Hutt City Council have allowed us back to the the Riverbank Car park, so bring down your mates, your cars, and your good attitudes for a chilled-out afternoon under the sun. Thanks to the crew at NAC Insurance, there is no entry cost and anyone is free to come and go as you please.
IMPORTANT: This event was originally advertised in the magazine for March 2, but due to some scheduling clashes, we have had to move it to Sunday March 16, from 1pm to 3pm. We apologize for the date change, but with so many other events popping up around this time, we had to make the tough call!
As always, this is an alcohol, drug and skids free environment which the council has been kind enough to give us – we don’t mind sticking around for a couple of hours cleaning up the mess after everyone has gone, but it can get a bit sad when we’re picking up broken Woodies bottles and dodging heroes doing weak-as single spinner skids!
We can’t wait to see what shows up on the day and there will be a bunch of NZPC photographers lurking around getting some great shots for the magazine, so polish up that car and come on down!
Check out the event on Facebook for more information and to spread the word.
Hello Taranaki! We’ll be stopping in to meet up with other enthusiasts and see what cars you have to show off.
Stop 4: Saturday, March 8, Marine Park, Waitara — 1–3pm
As you might know, we’ve decided to stop past sunny Taranaki during this year’s NZPC Summer Tour!
This is a great chance for everyone to bring their cars down, park up on the grass at Marine Park in Waitara and chill out under the Summer sun.
As always, these events are simply a casual get together — a chance to meet up with other enthusiasts and show off your cars, not your ability to skid a car, of course with the NZPC photographers present! Thanks to our friends at NAC Insurance, there is no entry fee and anyone is free to come and go as they please — the only people that aren’t welcome are those that plan to cause trouble or otherwise ruin a sweet day out.
IMPORTANT: We had previously advertised this to be on March 1 in the magazine, but clashes have meant we have moved the date to the following Saturday, March 8.
The meet runs for two hours between 1pm and 3pm — lets get the word out!
The Taranaki Council have been good enough to let us use this area, so please treat it with respect — especially the grass, there’s just no need to rip it up and it’s going to be mighty expensive if it gets damaged. Police will also be made aware that the event is taking place.
Check out the event on Facebook for more information and to spread the word.