One of Australia’s top drifters, Beau Yates, used the 2013 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge to unveil his brand new Toyota GT86 drift car. While not making its on-track début Beau told NZ’s Andre Simon from High Performance Academy that it is only a matter of time before the chassis is 100% ready for competition. The lightweight (1100kg) Toyota retains the factory FA20 four-cylinder, which has been turbocharged and produces 360kW at the rear wheels. Checkout the full HPA interview for a complete run-down on the beautifully presented and engineered machine.
The country’s largest male lifestyle show, Big Boys Toys (BBT), is once again set to rock ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland, on November 8-10. As we’ve come to expect, the venue will be packed with the latest and greatest in products, services and cars, and there are also some great new additions to the live programme. The BBT Drive area will be an unmissable part of the show, featuring a huge range of vehicles from classic cars and supercars, to marine craft and motorcycles. The Skinny Action Arena will feature New Zealand’s best extreme athletes, including BMX and FMX stars, as well as the country’s best stunt driver, Peter Bell, who will work his magic.
That love affair with your first car can be a long-lasting and often impossible one to shake. For Cole Roberson that car was the Series 4 RX-7, which he has regretted selling ever since. To repair that hole in his heart, just over a year ago he purchased another bone-stock ’88 S4. Starting from the ground up with the goal of building a street-legal track car, Cole and his dad, who has helped through the entire project, built a 10-point homologated roll cage. The front inner guards have been tubbed and a set of C’s Garage 555 knuckles were installed. The coilovers are from BC Gold, and Super Now camber arms and toe arms were installed in the rear, to dial in some grip when needed. The engine is a PPRE-built 13B bridge-port turbo race engine with a Garrett GT3540, TiAL wastegate and TiAL BOV. A MicroTech will control the 13B, which Warren from PPRE will wire in and tune once all the small finishing touches have been added to the engine. The bodywork includes a 30mm steel widebody on the rear, and a switch to an S5 RX-7 front bumper and tail lights. A good mate of Cole’s has coated the roll cage in Ford’s Ego Green, which works perfectly with the gunmetal exterior. The RX-7 will run 18×10.5-inch XXR X9 rims all round.
When a Russian military convoy is taken down in Moscow, agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) goes to the only man who can help him find his target — Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Toretto only agrees to help when he discovers Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is alive and working with Hobbs’s No.1 target — Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) — a special ops mercenary running an equally brilliant crew. Torretto’s elite outfit, including Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and all the entire original crew, pursue Shaw and his team in a series of heart-stopping heists across Europe, each chase outgunning the other for size, scale, and sheer excitement.
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As much as we want to encourage budding artists, we’d rather there were no canvases for them to draw on. Take it easy out there if you are going to have a few drinks. Watch the clip to find out what we’re going on about.
If there’s one thing that makes building cars easier (apart from butt tonnes of cash, of course) it’s good-quality tools that are the right fit for the job. How many times have you ended up doing things half-arsed because you made do with the tools that you had and then it came back and bit you in the backside later on down the track?
Thanks to our friends down at Laser Tools, the time has come to get the right gear once and for all. Make sure you catch their big Spring Clearout sale on October 5, and save up to 50% off top-quality, British-designed tools in stock; including hand tools, specialist timing tools, fuel- and diesel-injection tools, and sockets and sets. Plus, if you order any other tools on the day, you’ll earn yourself a 15% saving.
RSVP now on their web page you could win a $100 Laser Tools voucher to spend at the sale. Or, just turn up on the day and see the Laser Tool girls who will be giving out free copies of NZCC, NZPC and NZV8 magazines as well as free tickets to Ron Howard’s latest movie, Rush. If this doesn’t get you excited, then the stunning Aston Martin Virage and other rad display cars will definitely make the experience worth your time.
Laser Tools Big Spring Clearout — October 5, 9am to 1pm — The Toy Shop, 562 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
The 2013 NAC NZ Drift Nationals, held at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park on Saturday August 24, saw 30 of New Zealand’s top drivers lined up to do battle in what is the single biggest day in New Zealand Drifting. Running top 32 and for the first time an FD qualifying format, things would get very interesting from the outset. The morning practice sessions saw drama aplenty with a few light crashes, although event-ending for some, and mechanical dramas in nearly every pit garage.
Cole Armstrong has picked up first place at the 2013 NAC Insurance NZ Drift Nationals held over the weekend at Hampton Downs. The event attracted 0ver 30 of New Zealand’s top drivers and thousands of fans poured through the gates to witness the showdown. The now Perth based Armstrong flew in the morning of the event to be reunited with his V Energy R34 Skyline, a car Cole has not driven in six months. Cole fought off a strong field of drivers to claim his first event win in some time, with second place going to Gaz Whiter in the Tectaloy S14 and Andrew Redward beating out Drew Donovan to take third place. A full event gallery and official results will be up later today.