Hamish MacDonald has always been into Nissan Cefiros. The ultimate sideways taxi has captured this Matamata local’s attention since they first started showing up in the very early 2000s. “I bought my first Cefiro because it had everything I wanted in a car,” Hamish explains. “Plus Jairus Wharerau and Justin Rood were killing it at the time in D1NZ [in A31 Cefiros].”
Generally, when it comes to actually having the chance to get behind the wheel of a car that is being featured in the magazine, it’s through one of two scenarios. We’ve either been given a brand-new standard car by a manufacturer to test out for a week and review, or a kind, trusting soul has handed over the keys to his or her already very modified pride and joy.
So you’re keen to get out on track and give racing a go. You’ve got your weapon of choice, and you know exactly what series or events you want to compete in, but first of all there is one very important factor to take into account. Whether it’s drag racing, rally, circuit or drift, you will need to spend some money to keep your most valuable asset safe, and no, we aren’t talking about your new set of wheels or $30,000 engine. We are talking about you!
Gatebil Rudskogen is without a doubt one of the craziest events on the planet. Four days of on-track carnage, think of it as Powercruise, but with a crazy European twist. The power figures, the engine conversions, the cars, the drift trains and the non-stop party, it’s all very very insane, and we love it. This year we sent our own reporter Pedey deep undercover to capture all the madness first hand with exclusive coverage in the next issue of NZPC dropping in a few weeks. But in the meantime, here is a little taste of what to expect
After being spotted testing the limits of the new 2015 Acura/Honda NSX prototype around the Nurburgring circuit, the test drivers had a lucky escape after finding said car’s limits. The NSX which is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 and three electric motors, seems to have got its wires tangled with the car catching fire. With the car burnt to a crisp, the engineers behind the vehicle can now analyze what went wrong and how to get around it.