Mar 4, 2014 | Lara
Tarmac rally rookies Carl Ruiterman and Chanelle Walsh gave this year’s Ecolight Targa Rallysprint drivers a run for their money in Pukekohe on Sunday.

Subaru ace Leigh Hopper turned out to be the driver to beat, butnot before he and runner-up pair Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) felt the pressure from Ruiterman, a former Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Champion, and Walsh.

14EcolightTargaSprintLeighHopper-1

Winners of this year’s Ecolight Targa Rallysprint at Pukekohe were Leigh Hopper and Simon Kirkpatrick (#969 Subaru Impreza WRX) from Orewa // Fast Company — www.groundsky.co.nz

The pair were a revelation in the hatchback Subaru WRX Impreza originally built for gymkhana and rallycross events. They won three of the eight stages outright and ended up fifth overall despite engine failure — and a maximum time penalty — on the final stage. Read the full story »

Mar 4, 2014 | Marcus

MADMAX#1

There is no denying that us Kiwis are a unique bunch of people and we sure love to do things a little differently to the norm; case in point is this month’s cover car, owned and built by Max Flower. Following the completion of a five-year build, this 750hp Mazda FD RX-7  graces the front cover of NZPC 208 in all its gloss-black glory. If the one-off custom bodykit coated in perfect black paint doesn’t grab your attention, then the engine combination surely will … Read the full story »

Mar 3, 2014 | Lara

_GBP0090Jess Beasley
Age: 21 
Location: Auckland
Occupation: Marketing for Burgerfuel

Hi Jess, can you tell us a little about your Allroad?

I’ve owned the car for a few months now, but Zach Lewis (my partner) originally spotted it for me and swiftly took it under his wing (actually without asking me at all) to make modifications to it. But I did help with shoulder rubs and feeding BurgerFuel to him and the Precision Wheels & Tyres boys. Read the full story »

Mar 3, 2014 | Lara

You’ve always played the games, but now Need for Speed can take you on a high-speed, action-fuelled cinematic experience. You’ll experience the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting with the film chronicling a near-impossible, cross-country journey for Need for Speed’s heroes.

Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. After being wrongly imprisoned he sets out on a mission for revenge, to defeat his rival Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. Need for Speed will be in cinemas on March 20.

Sony Pictures is giving NZ Performance Car readers the chance to win one of 10 prize packs containing a double pass to Need for Speed (valid from March 20, 2014) at any participating cinema, plus a cap, a keychain, a T-shirt, and a beer koozie.

Fill in the entry form below to be in to win. Competition closes on March 16, 2014.

Read the full story »

Feb 28, 2014 | Lara

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 …

Toyota Supra PMcG-29

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! Read the full story »

Feb 27, 2014 | Lara

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.

1798190_564652433631331_2006951928_n Read the full story »

Feb 27, 2014 | Lara

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.”

0N0A3349

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?” Read the full story »

Feb 27, 2014 | Lara

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.

SONY DSC

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.  Read the full story »