Feb 18, 2008 | NZPC

top secret

Top Secret has announced it will try to break the 400kph (248mph) barrier on the Nardo Circuit in Italy. The 12.6km long oval with 22% banking has been home to many a speed record attempt.

Top Secret will use the V12 twin-turbo Supra that has been doing the rounds over the past year. They’ve already hit 200mph with ease as the 6-litre V12 is rumoured to pump out a healthy 1000+hp.

Feb 18, 2008 | NZPC

Last Friday (15 Feb) a time attack session at Tsukuba saw the Top Fuel Honda S2000 break the lap record for a front-engined rear-wheel drive (FR) car. With a lap of 0:55:350 this has thrown down the gauntlet to the other tuning houses as the lap record at Tsukuba holds a lot of kudos.

Feb 18, 2008 | NZPC

racedesign audi a3 rq 2

A new aerodynamic body-styling kit for the Audi A3 8L is being put on the market as from today by the tuning specialist RDX RaceDesign Automotive, Germany. It brushes up the first-generation A3 with rejuvenating body-styling at the same time giving it a more sporty appearance.

The aerodynamic kit comprises a front bumper spoiler intended for use with a single-frame grille. It can be combined with the original Audi grille for the A3/8P Sportback as well es with various other single-frame grilles* supplied by RDX RaceDesign. In addition it can also be used on vehicles with or without headlight washing systems. The final detail, so-to-speak the “crowning” detail, is the chance to have Audi S6 day lights fitted, which can be ordered from Audi dealers.

Optical lowering and more side “muscles” are provided by a side skirt set which shows off the sporty air scoops on each side The new appearance is finished off by a new RDX RaceDesign rear apron fitted with an attractive design fold. The rear part is supplied without openings for the exhaust unit. They can be cut out to size as required.

Feb 15, 2008 | NZPC

flatout ultimate

Empire Interactive has today confirmed that European gamers will be among the first in the world to sample its eagerly awaited PSP title FlatOut Head On with the release of the official PSP demo on 22nd February 2008. But the sneaky buggers have left out the rest of the world. So, NZ Performance Car has discovered you can download the demo on 22 Feb.

“PSP enthusiasts can often be heard talking on forums and blogs about the lack of good demos available for their beloved handheld. We wanted to help satisfy that need, and by giving them a taste of some of the featured modes – Carnage, Deathmatch Derby and Ragdoll Stunts — we think that it’ll really whet their appetite for destruction.” said Sean Walsh from Empire Interactive.

The three featured game modes on the demo are 'Carnage Race’, 'Deathmatch Derby’ and one of the classic Ragdoll stunts. 'Carnage Race’ is a fight against the clock to score as many points as you can in the given time by causing as much damage as possible to the scenery and your opponents in order to maximise your score. 'Deathmatch Derby’ is an arena-based Derby with one simple objective — destroy your opponents before they destroy you with the aid of 3 lives and a multitude of power-ups. And finally, for the first time in FlatOut Head On, the Ragdoll Stunts take centre stage as a fully integrated component of the main Carnage Challenge mode. In High Jump drive the car down the ramp as fast as possible and launch your driver through the windscreen high into the sky and watch it slam into the metal net.

Play on all the featured modes included will be unlimited, however players will not be able to save their progress and no other features will be unlocked.

The FlatOut Head On PSP demo will be available for download from the Empire Interactive website: http://www.empireinteractive.com from the 22nd February 2008.

FlatOut Head On is due for its European release on 14th March 2008 and will feature some of the most destructive hi-octane motorised anarchy handheld racing has ever seen.

Feb 15, 2008 | NZPC

racer driver grid nintendo ds

Set to launch simultaneously with the home console and PC versions, the Nintendo DS edition has been specifically designed for the handheld and is set to offer the most complete pick-up-and-play pocket racing package, complete with stunning visuals.

Race Driver: GRID will deliver intense, incident-packed wheel-to-wheel racing against aggressive AI opponents to create a breathtaking race experience, all the way from the grid to the flag. Accessible handling will enable gamers to jump straight into the action, while a huge career mode includes championship and race events. Quick fire Challenges offer a fast fix of racing for gamers on-the-go and include Time Trials, Speed Tests and Chase events.

Bringing a new world of motor sport to life, players will race at beautifully realised and diverse locations across three continents. In Europe, race prestige marques on the world’s most famous circuits including Spa and the Nurburgring. In America, compete in powerful muscle cars through the streets of San Francisco to Washington DC. Taking the race to Japan, experience the unique exhilaration of drift racing on the neon lit streets of Shibuya and then compete in Touge events, downhill races that operate on the fringe of legality.

Exclusively for the Nintendo DS edition, Race Driver: GRID will feature the evolution of the critically acclaimed track editor, first seen in Race Driverâ„¢: Create and Raceâ„¢. With over 60 individual pieces, the creation system offers near-limitless design options, including the ability to personalise trackside hoardings and billboards. Players will be able to craft complete championship circuits in detail or, using the simple Free-Draw tool, create and race within minutes.

Extensive online and multiplayer options let players compete in adrenaline-pumping four-player races, climb to the top of global online leader boards for every race event, or share up to four individually created tracks with up to four players in the ultimate custom race series. Gamers can also upload and download new tracks to Race Driver: GRID servers.

With a stunning selection of real-world settings, outstanding racing cars, a powerful track editor and incredible graphics, Race Driver: GRID is the most exciting, fun and feature packed racer you can fit in your pocket. Developed by Firebrand Games, the team responsible for the award-winning Race Driver: Create and Race, the Nintendo DS edition of Race Driver: GRID is coming summer 2008. To register for future driver briefings and get a place on the grid, visit www.RaceDriverGrid.com.

Source: Codemasters

Feb 15, 2008 | NZPC

1994 Honda Domani

Over the summer months, photographer and office boozehound Clutch tried to educate Dan and myself on the merits of swappa crates. Apart from doubling as a seat or all-purpose storage device, the crate is also perfect a the messy drinker. According to clutch, it doesn’t matter which crate the empties end up in: for example his favourite drop, Double Brown, can be mixed with bottles of Heineken resulting in a green, brown mix of bottles. No one complains if crates are returned this way, as long as there are 12-bottles, all is well.

Clutch’s crate logic, is also relevant to modifying a car and one person who agrees with it is Whangarei local Mike Templeton. Sure his 1994 Honda Domani isn’t wooden or a crate, but with the number of pieces swapped in and out it, you’d be forgiven for thinking so. But the similarities between Mike and Clutch don’t end there; just as Clutch was buying bottles before he went the crate route, Mike was purchasing Honda parts before he even had a car to put them in. But his plan was not to get happy, it was to modify a Honda Civic EG9 sedan. But sometime during the planning stages, he must have sunk a couple himself, because he ended up parting with his cash and bringing home the Domani. Being a performance front-wheel drive made the car fairly unusual in New Zealand’s drift capital of Whangarei where it seems nearly every second ride is a drift spec rear skidder.

But this didn’t make it unique enough for Mike; he had far bigger plans, not to mention a whole pile of parts waiting to be fitted. The most notable was the rebuilt DC2 Integra B18C engine. While the B18C is nearly as good as it gets in terms of Honda power, Mike decided it would benefit from a bit more poke

While the B18C is nearly as good as it gets in terms of Honda power, Mike decided it would benefit from a bit more poke and undertook a full rebuild. He had no desire to go down the forced induction route, so raising the compression was the easiest way to gain more power

and undertook a full rebuild. He had no desire to go down the forced induction route, so raising the compression was the easiest way to gain more power. To achieve that, Mike sourced Civic Type R pistons to raise compression to a high octane only 11.5:1. Besides the pistons, the rest of the B18C’s bottom end was up to scratch, but was freshened up with new rings, bearings and seals anyway. As with Clutch’s drinking habits, work on the rest of the motor could be called excessive. Starting with a pod filter mounted within a Workshop X carbon fibre air box, oxygen is sucked through a Simota intake pipe before being swallowed by an enlarged throttle body. From there it’s a short journey through the stock intake manifold before the 98 Type R Integra cams and valve springs seal its fate.

Once through the pressure cooker exhaust gases are sent south through Integra Type R headers and a 2.5-inch exhaust with JRS droopy tipped muffler. Of course, without some serious fuel system work those newly replaced pistons would be a melted mess, so Mike revisited the Honda parts stash to sort that out. As a result a DC2 Integra pump hides in the stock tank feeding fuel through stock lines and an adjustable pressure reg before hitting the stock B18C injectors. Getting things moving is a set of Bosch spark plugs and Bosch leads that rely on the brains of a DC2 Integra ECU for orders.

Due to the extra 50kW now being generated in the engine bay, Mike wisely decided to upgrade the stock radiator to a thicker Civic style core. Although the Domani is essentially from the Civic family of cars, they were never marketed as a performance vehicle and never came with such a potent engine combo. Luckily for Mike though, family ties meant the engine could bolt straight in using stock mounts, as could the DC2 Integra gearbox he mated it to. Better still, the DC2 Integra axles worked with the Domani hubs with no issues at all, while an Exedy clutch mixed with a lightened flywheel and feeding through the DC2 LSD, ensures that the only slippage comes from the tyres.

The mix and match build of the car didn’t end there though, as research had shown Mike that suspension from both the Integra and Civic families could be swapped over. As such, DC2 sway bars can now be found on each end, as can Type R strut braces. Although the integra springs and shocks could have been used to get the desired ride height and handling, a set of Bilstein height adjustable coil overs wrapped in Jamex super lows with keepers were chosen instead. Attached to the Domani hubs are now larger DC2 Integra callipers complete with J’s racing hard-compound pads. Most people would see this as enough of an upgrade, but not Mike; he also fitted Integra rear callipers and discs.

With so many goodies on the inside, it should come as no surprise that the exterior also saw its share of blood, sweat and tears. Being friendly with the lads at Workshop X paid off after it was discovered there were no decent front bumpers to be had, meaning one had to be built. James from WSX adapted a C-West bumper originally intended for an EK Civic and also grafted on Online Motorsport Civic side skirts and a matching rear lip.

Sure 18s or even 19s may have fitted under the arches, but they would have thrown out the balanced look. Instead Mike opted for 17×7-inch Advanti Nitros wrapped in 205/40R17 rubber.

Mike then removed the original aerial and boot lock before Krystal Klear Car Painters coated the whole package in PPG silver. Aiding the slick exterior look are 35 per cent tints all around, clear side repeaters on the front guards and perfectly suited wheels. Sure 18s or even 19s may have fitted under the arches, but they would have thrown out the balanced look. Instead Mike opted for 17×7-inch Advanti Nitros wrapped in 205/40R17 rubber, which fills the gap perfectly.

Speaking of gaps, the interior of the car was beginning to look a little bare. But this was easily sorted with installation of 2000 Integra Type R Recaro front seats and an EG9 Civic twin-seat rear. With the fabric now clashing with the stock door trims Mike decided that rather than re-trimming he would modify the doors to match the slick outside appearance of the car. While doing this PPG silver was also applied to various other parts of the interior to liven it up somewhat Adding colour is the reprinted silver 240kph and 11,000RPM tacho (to which the original gauges were recalibrated), while AutoMeter oil pressure and air/fuel ratio gauges fight for attention in the custom gauge pod.

In-car entertainment comes from a VDO Dayton 4403 headunit, which sings through JBL front and VDO rear speakers.

GETOLO has had lots of parts come and go, had a few breakages and many of its innards, in theory, shouldn’t be there at all. But while our photographer’s good times generally last only a night, Mike’s party has been going for three years now. However, even the staunchest party animal has to take a breather, and by the time you read this, Mike will likely have swapped GETOLO for another venue.

Specs

1994 Honda Domani

Engine: B18c, (JDM DC2 integra) Civic type R pistons, new rings, bearings and seals, 98 spec integra type R cams and valve springs, WSX carbon fibre cold air box, Simota pipe and filter, enlarged throttle body, DC2 Integra fuel pump, adjustable fuel pressure regulator with gauge, Bosch 8mm leads, Bosch super 4 spark plugs, Type R stainless headers (heat wrapped), 2.5-inch steel exhaust, Coby, JRS muffler with drop tip, SIR civic radiator, DC2
integra computer.

Driveline: Factory DC2 Integra gearbox, Lightened flywheel, Exedy heavy duty clutch, standard LSD, DC2 Integra drive shafts

Suspension: Bilstein circlip height adjustable shocks, Jamex springs with keepers, DC2 sway bars front and rear, type R front strut brace, custom rear strut brace

Brakes: DBA drilled/slotted rotors, DC2 Integra callipers, J’s racing pads, Rear DC2 Integra discs and callipers

Wheels and Tyres: 17×7-inch Advanti racing Nitros, 205/40R17 Nankang NS2

Exterior: Custom made C-west front bumper, online side skirts, online rear lip, all fitted by James @ Workshop X, Aerial and boot lock filled, full re-spray in PPG silver by Scott @ Krystal Klear Car Painters, 35% tints, clear side indicators

Interior: 2000 integra type R front Recaros, EG9 civic 2 person rear seats, Type R steering wheel, trust gear knob, Autometer air fuel ratio meter, Autometer oil pressure gauge, custom gauge pod, reprinted factory gauges in silver with 240km speedo and 11000 rpm tacho, Door inserts and other interior panels painted silver

I.C.E/Audio: VDO Dayton 4403 head unit, JBL 6-inch front components, VDO Dayton 6×9 (rear)

Performance: 0-400m: 14.4sec

Driver Profile

Michael Templeton

Age: 23

Occupation: Auto electrician

Previously Owned Cars: 86 Mazda 323, 89 DA6 Integra, 92 EG6 Civic, 82 Starlet, 81 Suzuki little van, 89 GT Legacy, 90 Toyota Levin, 87 B2000 ute, 94 DC2 Integra

Dream Car: RR phantom

Why the Domani? Something different, but still able to bolt on many different Honda parts

Build time: 3 years

Length of ownership: 3 years

Jordan thanks: James the fibreglass magician  @ WorkshopX 09 4307555, Scott @ Krystal Klear Car Painters 09 4596668, Rick and the boys @ Whangarei Instruments 094383063, Brad @ Custom Paint Shop 09 4375916 www.custompaint.co.nz, Tania, Cory, Bung, Justin, and all the Whangas boys for your on-going support

Feb 14, 2008 | NZPC

Skoda Fabia S2000 fq track

Å koda Auto has started testing the first prototype of the Å koda Fabia Super 2000. Designed to be used in the Super 2000 category, the vehicle is based on the second-generation Fabia and, in compliance with the FIA regulations, is equipped with a two-litre atmospheric four-cylinder petrol engine, a six-speed sequential transmission and a four-wheel drive system with three mechanical differentials.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Å koda Auto BOD Member responsible for technological development, said: “We are glad to have started testing the Fabia Super 2000. This year we are planning to optimise and certify the vehicle so that we can use it on both national and international levels. When exactly will the vehicle be released for competition use will depend on the achieved progress, relevant test results and the final certification. Then we are also planning to offer the vehicle to private teams. Based on a customer service arrangement, further development work on the vehicle will be done in close cooperation with our importers worldwide”.

Feb 14, 2008 | NZPC

toyota sprint series

a fully-tuned and kitted 1990s-vintage Supra? The speed and handling potential of contemporary and classic Toyota models will be put to the test when they go head to head in a new motorsport challenge, the Toyota Sprint Series 2008.

Toyota in the UK has signed up as leading sponsor of the series, designed to give Toyota enthusiasts an exciting and affordable first step into motor sport. A provisional calendar of five events will get under way in March, open to experienced, intermediate and novice drivers.

Honours will be fought for in up to 10 classes, covering the complete spectrum of performance, from diesels and sub-1600cc cars to fully modified and tuned machines. Throughout the season driver points will be awarded in each class, so any driver has the potential to become overall champion. The basic principle of a sprint is for each competitor to complete a timed run, rather than to qualify and race side by side as in other forms of circuit motor sport.

The series is the brainchild of Barry Cross and Adrian Smith, who share a passion for Toyota cars and motorsport. They have joined forces with Javelin Trackdays to design and launch the competition, encouraged by the success of a one-off event in October. They are hopeful tuning and aftermarket companies will be keen to support the championship to show what they can offer Toyota owners, and that the open nature of the series will encourage a healthy entry list.

“It’s our aim to create a great championship that will help further the tuning scene in the UK,” they said. “We have brought together a professional team that will provide enthusiasts with an exciting, enjoyable, friendly and affordable sporting experience.”

Let’s hope we can get more manufacturer support like this for series in New Zealand