Mar 27, 2014 | Lara

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Japanese car culture can often be a confusing world to try and navigate, especially when you’re desperate to sound like you know what you’re talking about. Everyone throws out terms like ‘boso’ and ‘shakotan’ when describing their cars here in New Zealand, but though more often than not their heart is in the right place, there are not that many cars here that could perfectly fit in at a Japanese VIP, Kaido Racer, or Kyusha meet. It’s not just because we’re not very good at it; the truth is, as anyone who has delved into the world of shakotan, hippari, and oni-kyua will know, it’s just not practical — not in any sense of the word. Too low, too stretched, too wide — it’s an absolute nightmare for the average Kiwi enthusiast. Aucklander Vick Bhatti, however, is not your average Kiwi enthusiast.  Read the full story »

Mar 26, 2014 | Lara

Josh Hill gives up his Evo VIII for something a little more refined

Twenty-five-year-old Josh Hill, a Napier local, is no stranger to fast Mitsubishis. Prior to building his stunning 2008 Evolution X street car, he spent years working on an Evo VIII, taking it from stock standard to a hard-tuned street-legal monster. But you’ve got to ask why someone who’s already kicking around in a fast late-model Mitsi would bother to start all over again with another, some might say less popular, machine?

“I got sick of seeing VII- to IX-shape Evos floating around, all looking the same, producing the same sort of power, so I decided it was time for a change. I listed the car on Trade Me and it was snapped up pretty quickly by a 65-year-old guy from Cromwell who wanted a club track car. He saw the car and flew up to buy it — it was a pretty funny test drive trying to drive that clutch, but he ended up taking it home with him and caging it out straight away, which was cool to see,” Josh explains.

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Mar 14, 2014 | Lara

In this clip, the 2014 Formula One regulations are explained by Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel. These rules are argued to be the most complex the sport has ever seen.

You will visually see the regulation changes taking shape and coming to life as the two drivers race around the track in transforming race cars.

This explanation of the rules, and unique way of viewing the technology at work inside the vehicle is worth checking out.

Mar 10, 2014 | Pedey

What a huge afternoon in the Naki! We’ve uploaded a bunch of images below for you to check out and will be running full coverage in the next issue of NZPC, due out in shops March 31. A big thanks to all those that came along and everyone that helped out, especially Ross and Liam from Dobson’s Dyno Tune and the good people at NAC Insurance. NAC should be uploading a bunch more photos to their Facebook page later today, so swing by and check them out!

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Mar 7, 2014 | Lara

Earlier this week, Infiniti revealed the engine that runs the new Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge and it’s exactly what we had hoped for. The car is powered by the VR38DETT 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 from the Nissan GT-R with 560 horsepower and 600Nm of torque, which stirred up excitement at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show where it was revealed.

The Q50 Eau Rouge is a high-performance concept car that has been based on the award-winning Q50 sport sedan. When it was revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January it was showered with positive comments and feedback. Read the full story »

Mar 7, 2014 | Lara

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Global automotive manufacturer Mahindra has been confirmed as the title sponsor for the first-ever North Island Endurance Series taking place this year.

The three-round series sees the first lot of sponsorship Mahindra has ever got behind in New Zealand. The company is already a major sponsor of Nascar and Moto GP, and has its own team in the upcoming Formula E series.

As well as having title sponsorship of the new endurance series, it will also provide the official safety cars for the event.

The Mahindra North Island Endurance Series will run on June 6–7 in Pukekohe, July 5–6 in Taupo, and July 25–26 at Hampton Downs. Read the full story »

Mar 6, 2014 | Lara

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For most prospective car buyers, the dream is always to find that one-lady-owner, mint condition, never been past 5000rpm, and still with the plastic on the door cards classic — that of course has a ridiculous (she didn’t know what she had) price tag. But the reality is, most desirable models have long since left the careful ownership of some old lady, and spend their time thrashed within an inch of their lives and buried deep in the red. For Craig Davis, his 1974 Mazda RX-2 fitted squarely into the latter category, in fact Warren Overton from PPRE had owned the sedan as a teenager, and the photographic evidence supplied to us that shows the sedan chained to a concrete pad in a haze of tyre smoke would prove our earlier point.  Read the full story »

Mar 4, 2014 | Lara

Check out our behind the scenes video from the C’s Garage issue #205 cover shoot!