Aug 8, 2014 | Chris Smith


Weekend Workshop

Gaining Clearance

Welcome to the Weekend Workshop, a place where you can save some cash by getting your hands dirty. These tech guides aim to arm you with the necessary info and knowledge to get out there and give it a go yourself, with no professionals needed, and at a price tag that won’t break the bank.

This time we delve into guard rolling, something most of us would have dealt with from time to time when fitting a new set of wheels. The lip that runs along the inside of the guard where the outer and inner steel skins meet will generally be a right angle or U shape, and can play havoc by rubbing off the tyre’s sidewall, or worse, cutting into either the sidewall or trim.

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Aug 6, 2014 | Chris Smith


We’re all pretty big fans of the little 86, so when ’86 day’ rolls around we’ve got to celebrate. Here’s a bunch of our favourite local 86s, and one international, over the years. Above is Ben Phillips’ notchback. Read the full story »

Aug 6, 2014 | NZPC


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].” Read the full story »

Aug 5, 2014 | Lara

Quadra 5427


If you’re anything like us time races past and we can’t figure out where it’s all going. Here’s your chance to keep track of where your day’s going — just subscribe to NZ Performance Car and you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of these Storm London watches, worth up to $525. Read the full story »

Aug 2, 2014 | Chris Smith


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.

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Aug 1, 2014 | Marcus



It’s no secret that Mad Mike Motorsports are currently undertaking a new build, unlike anything they have attempted before. The project has now been underway for a few months, as they turn a 2006 NC Miata into a 1000hp pro spec drift car.   Read the full story »

Jul 31, 2014 | Marcus


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!

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Jul 30, 2014 | Marcus

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