Feb 2, 2008 | NZPC

Mazda RX-7 - WHITE RUSHIN

It’s March 2004 and the National Motor Show at Mystery Creek is set to kick off in a matter of hours. Hamilton couple Pat and Ann plan to have their new pride and joy on display — a 1996 Series 7 RX-7 — but the way it’s looking just hours from the start, it could be touch and go whether the Mazda will make it to Mystery Creek at all.
Was it engine trouble on the way out there? Did they lose their way on those rural Waikato roads, or did Pat suddenly realise in his early morning daze that he’d forgotten to put his pants on and decided to turn back?

Well, as it happens it was none of the above. The reason for all the rushing was that Pat and Ann had only bought the Mazda two weeks before and, being the adventurous types, had carried out ALL their modifications before the show.

A brave undertaking indeed, but had they pulled it off?

Yes they had, but considering the paint was probably still curing on the way to the show, only just!

It’s not all that often you run into people who have had their car modified to such a decent level in such a short space of time. In fact, from what I’ve seen in my travels around the nation’s garages and workshops, the build time norm tends to be years, not weeks! But don’t for a minute think that Pat and Ann’s RX-7 is some half-arse rush job, because despite the rapid time frame, that’s definitely not the case. What we’re dealing with here is a car with quality gear professionally fitted.

Obviously, with only two weeks up their sleeves, getting the Mazda into the desired condition, Pat and Ann didn’t have days on end to sit around dreaming about what they’d do. They had a game plan worked out, which, if they stuck to, would see everything sorted in time for the National Motor Show.

The task was to enhance just about every possible area of the car from the engine and suspension to the exterior aesthetics.

Starting under the lid, the pair had no outlandish plans like a single turbo conversion, but the 13B existing twin turbo did receive a decent dose of love. To aid airflow to the turbos, twin APEXi air filters were added along with custom intake piping and anti-heat shields. Both turbos remain in standard trim, but to help keep them spooling away, Pat and Ann whacked a HKS super sequential blow-off valve into the mix. Speaking of HKS, that was the brand of choice for the 13B’s new iridium variety plugs. But decent plugs like these aren’t much chop without a quality set of leads, so that’s exactly why Pat and Ann chose to bin the factory-issue items in favour of 8mm heavy-duty Splitfire beauties. At the same time, a Splitfire earthing kit was welcomed to the under-bonnet neighbourhood.

In the drive train, the RX7 makes use of a five-speed alloy gearbox, modified to feature a Mazdaspeed quick shift setup. At the same time, Pat and Ann decided to turf the factory clutch and replace it with an ORC single plate ceramic clutch plate and heavy-duty pressure plate.

Parn at Hamilton’s Hyper Development was the guy sourcing and fitting the bulk of the goods and by that stage, he hadn’t made much of dent on his 'to do’ list.
The intercooler and exhaust were the next components due for a once over, and again nothing but top-notch gear was going to do.
RE Amemiya would have to be one of the top-tier brands when it comes to rotary-related products, so one of their aluminium intercoolers was chosen to do the business for Pat and Ann’s machine. OK, so it may > not be a hefty 'take up the whole front bumper’ number, but sitting in the standard mounting position, the cooler looks damn good and performs its duties very well indeed. Not surprisingly RE Amemiya intercooler piping was also used.

Turning their attention to the underside of the car, the factory exhaust system was evicted with a rather luscious Veilside Evolution system taking its place. The cat-back system isn’t the type that has noise-weary neighbours sharpening knives — it’s more of a subtle burble. Like any increased diameter exhaust should, this has effectively improved flow characteristics and bumped up the power output.

Also playing a part in the power department (and a lot of other areas for that matter) is the APEXi Power FC engine management system Pat and Ann chose for the car.

Thanks to this precise system and its exceptional tuning capabilities, the RX-7 produced 187kW at the wheels @ 13psi at Auckland’s Torque Performance.

Somewhere, nearer the top of this story, I told you this was an enhancement process that would cover basically every area of the car.

So now you now know why it purrs, but here’s why it looks so damn fine. Perhaps the parts most difficult to take your eyes off are the big sexy rims. Pat and Ann knew the look they were after for the exterior of the car and after a trip to Top Town Tyres in Hamilton they knew the 19×8-inch DTM X-Factors would be an essential part of it. Wrapped in 235/35ZR19 Toyo Proxes T1 rubber, the DTM rims totally enhance the already alluring appearance of the Series 7. Behind the big rims, the brakes remain standard bar Endless pads, but considering they’re four pots, whose complaining?

The theme of using quality gear continued and is pretty obvious once you check out Pat and Ann’s choice of suspension. Yes Sir, it’s HKS to the party once again with Hiper-D adjustable struts and progressive rate springs on all corners. This setup not only sits the RX7 way close to the weeds, it also brings about some pretty impressive handling ability.

Awesome rims and a staunchly low stance ! so how else can you improve the look of a Series 7?

Pat and Ann knew and it’s along the lines of a cool bodykit, subtle panel clean up and a slick lick of paint.

A C-West N1 bodykit was the choice for the car, with a Fast wing attached to the back to finish things off. Up front, a Top Secret-style carbon fibre bonnet took pride of place, while other panels badges and keyholes were deleted. Another nice touch is the use of Series 8 indicator lights in the front. Go on — check them out!

To top off the exterior, the couple decided to give the whole package a freshen-up with a quick re-spray — nothing too major, just a nice coat of Arctic White.

By the time this happened, the Motor Show was due to start!

Ann said they drove the car to Mystery Creek with the paint still wet. But hey, it was finished and it looked great, so that’s all that mattered!

The RX-7’s interior doesn’t let the side down either, thanks to a smattering of tasty goods. Momo makes an appearance, taking care of the steering wheel and gear gaiter, while a Type R number got the call up for gear knob duties. Gauge-wise, Pat and Ann chose to keep their eyes on the dial with the help of a GReddy boost gauge and an APEXi rev counter/shiftlight. There’s an Ultra automatic turbo timer in there too, and adding a touch of tidiness behind the rear seats, the boot floor was re-trimmed in black vinyl.

While the sound of a 13B twin turbo on song may be music to many enthusiasts’ ears, Pat and Ann have ensured they’ve got alternative tunes when required. Starting up front, a Panasonic CD-MP3 headunit was added along with Alpine Type R front components. In the back a NOS bottle eight-inch bass tube and Fusion FP-402 two-channel amp do their thing. All up this system is good for a none-too-shabby 125.7 decibels. They may have only made it with minutes on their side, but Pat and Ann managed to transform their RX-7 from stocker to decked-out stunner in just two weeks. Imagine what they could have done if they had a whole month to play with.
PC 93 RX7 - White Rushin 02

SPEC

1996 Mazda RX7 Series 7

Engine: Mazda 1300cc 13B – REW twin-rotor twin-turbo Apexi power FC engine ,amagement, Apexi twin air filters with custom piping anf anti-heat shield, Apexi high pressure radiator cap, HKS super sequential blow-off valve, HKS iridium spark plugs, 8mm Spitlfire heavy duty leads, Spiltfire earthing kit, RE Amemiya aluminium intercooler piping, Veilside Evolution exhaust (cat back)

Drivetrain: Mazda 5-speed alloy gear box, modified Mazdaspeed quick shift, ORC single plate, standard Mazda 4-pot discs brakes with endless brake pads

Suspension: HKS Hiper-D adjustible suspension, HKS progressive rate springs standard front and rear strut bar (JMD Spec)

Wheels/Tyres: 19×8-inch DTM X factor, 235/35ZR19 Toyo Proxes T1 tyres

Exterior: C West N1 bodykit consisting of front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, Fast brand (JDM) rear wing, Top Secret-style carbon fibre

Driver Profile

Name: Ann and Pat

Age: 21 and 24

Occupation: Ann – Radiographer (X-ray Technician), Pat – Car salesman

Previously Owned Cars: Mazda Famillias, Series 1 and 6 RX7s, Honda Prelude, Infiniti Q45

Dream Car: Pat: “Aston Martin Vanquish”. Ann: “Already got it!”

Why did you buy this car: “Always been into Mazdas, especially the RX7″

Build Time: “Two weeks – no kidding!”

Length of Ownership: Just under 1 year

Feb 1, 2008 | NZPC

HKS Kansai Z33 Nissan Fairlady

If there’s one thing Japanese tuners all seem to have in common, it’s the way they each portray their company as the best in the land. Rivalry is rife among the tuning ranks, from the big gun players to the backyard shanty shops, and everyone’s got an opinion on everyone else. If anything it’s healthy competition and one of the reasons why tuners in these parts are always striving to push the tuning envelope.

HKS Kansai Service Centre’s Mukai-san can talk the talk with the best of them, but when you’ve a reputation for building some of the most wellbalanced street and race cars in the land, you have every right.

This isn’t the first time Mukai’s mug has graced the pages of our magazine; some of his previous demo cars have ensured that. During my latest jaunt to the tuning motherland, the trip would never be complete until I dropped in to sample some of the latest offerings from his Kansai Service Centre stable. And yet again, the maestro delivered the goods in the form of a soon-to-be-featured 900PS R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R road car, and this, Kansai Service’s blown Z33 Fairlady.

Nissan got the chassis spot on with the Z33 Zmachine, paying special attention to its design and construction, and matching it up seamlessly with an all-aluminium multi-link suspension arrangement, big brakes and an angry 3500cc naturally aspirated power-plant.

Although it lacked the punch of its more athletic cousin, the venerable R34 Skyline GT-R, on paper the Z still managed to muster up a maximum power output of 206kW@6200rpm while delivering torque numbers in the region of 36kg/m@4800rpm. When driving a Z, the grin factor is high.

As with all new Nippon-built performance cars making their debut on the Japanese domestic market, tuners the length of the country scrambled to get aftermarket parts developed as soon as they had one in their possession, but for Mukai, things were a little easier. As one of the few tuners given a pre-production Z33 Fairlady to play with (albeit only behind closed roller doors), HKS was one of the first companies to get the goods out there. At the top of the list sat a rather interesting looking supercharger kit. Mukai popped the Fairlady’s bonnet and I was greeted with a plethora of Kevlar. It was impressive, even if it was only to add a little wow factor.

Off to one side of the V6 DOHC 24-valve VQ35DE engine was the Rotrex blower. It’s a centrifugal type unit that features fixed-ratio planetary rollers on its traction drive to increase the efficiency and reliability of the system. A conventional belt system drives the blower directly off the crankshaft.

Considering the torque load it develops the supercharger has surprisingly small dimensions, but that’s not just why HKS chose to use them exclusively for its kits. Without delving into too many specifics, the Rotrex design incorporates a number of turbo components on the compressor side of the unit, and that’s an area where HKS has excelled over the years.

With more knowledge and a bigger parts bin than any of the other Japanese tuners churning out turbochargers the size of dinner plates, HKS’ white-coats were successful developing a number of kits for different applications. Each has its own combination of compressor wheel trims and housing sizes. Just like the one on this Z, the HKS kits come complete with an air-to-fluid oil cooler to aid the Rotrex’s intricate lubricating and cooling system, TORQUER FAST HKS KANSAI Z33 NISSAN FAIRLADY and a front-mounted intercooler to increase the supercharger’s performance.

Chilled air is a good thing when boost has anything to do with it and the small, but thick air-to-air unit discreetly positioned behind the front bumper mesh does a more than adequate job.

To keep up with the Rotrex, Kansai needed to make some changes in the fuel delivery department. They started with a high-flowing HKS fuel pump — a direct replacement for the factory in-tank unit. At the business end, two additional injectors (535cc each) were plumbed straight into the intake pipe-work, while the factory air-box and filter were binned in favour of an HKS Power Flow filter on the end of an HKS Racing Suction pipe.

The whole setup is run through an HKS F-Con SZ engine management system, which like its big brother (the HKS F-Con V Pro), piggybacks off the factory ECU. In this more basic SZ spec, the unit only allows adjustment of the fuel and ignition maps, but that fits in perfectly with what this bolton blower kit is all about. Finally, the exhaust is rounded out with an HKS Dual Hi-Power cat-back system running polished SUS304 60mm pipes and 'torched’ 120mm pure titanium tips.

The Z car runs with its factory six-speed, close ratio manual gearbox, but Kansai dumped the factory clutch for something with a little more bite and less prone to slipping with the extra wick. A Nismo cover with matching copper-mix single plate does the job nicely, and still makes for an easy drive.

From the Nissan production line the Z runs a carbon fibre driveshaft, so Mukai wasn’t going to touch that. He did, however, pull the factory viscous limited slip differential in favour of a nice ’n tight Cusco MZ-RS LSD unit.

In true Kansai 'work it in all areas’ form, there were a few changes made in the suspension department, but Mukai was quick to point out how good the car was to begin with.

The aluminium Nissan setup runs a three-link arrangement up front and a four link out the back, but for a little extra tuneablity HKS Hipermax-II LS adjustables now hold up all four corners. The shocks offer 16-levels of damping adjustment and the coil-overs a two-way height adjustment. With front springs measuring 10kg/mm and the rear 7kg/mm it’s a firmer ride than standard, but far more suited to the type of driving experience the supercharger can offer.

As for the brakes! well, if the 324mm vented rotors that come factory-fitted on the front end of the Z weren’t impressive enough, the Project Mu track-spec numbers (with matching competition pads) for both the front and rear ends should be.

(four-pot and two-pot respectively) have been retained — and quite rightly so.

Enough talk, Mukai jumped in and fired it up. Because planetary rollers don’t run with teeth like traditional gear wheels, that telltale 'blown’ noise buzzing from the Rotrex was less than I expected. But it was still easy to tell this was no ordinary Z.

Glancing over the Nismo front bumper and Nismo carbon fibre bobtail rear spoiler, I slipped into the passenger’s side Recaro SRIII reclining seats and buckled up the Sabelt harnesses.

Mukai inched the car out of the Kansai car park, his eyes fixed on the pair of HKS 60mm oil and water temperatures now starting to show the Fairlady was getting up to its optimal operating temperature. A few corners disappeared at low speed and then WHAM! Mukai mashed the go pedal and the Z car got angry.

Peak torque — a staggering 42.8kg/m @ 4900rpm — was felt in the blink of an eye as he picked off another gear and sent the 275/30ZR19 Advan AVS Sport rubber on the arse end into a spinning and smoking frenzy.

The response was instantaneous and I could see just why he opted to drive this car over any other to and from work everyday. With less than 0.5kg/m (7psi) boost on offer, the Kansai Z33 has the potential to see off many a tuned machine.

According to Mukai, in a stock trim, even its famed R34 GT-R in-law is no match for the sheer punch this Z car packs under its understated appearance. There’s lots of talk in the Japanese tuning scene, but Kansai’s keeping it real with this one!

SPECS

HKS Kansai Z33 Nissan Fairlady

ENGINE: Nissan VQ35DE, 3500cc DOHC 24-valve V6, HKS Rotrex centrifugal supercharger, Rotrex S/C oil cooler, HKS air-to-air intercooler, HKS Power Flow Filter, HKS Racing Suction Pipe, 2x 535cc HKS extra injectors, HKS high-flow fuel pump, Fujitsubo front pipe, HKS Dual Hi-Power titanium exhaust system, Nismo thermostat, HKS oil cooler kit, HKS S40Il spark plugs, HKS F-Con SZ engine management system

DRIVELINE: Nissan 6-speed close ratio manual gearbox, Nismo clutch cover & copper mix plate, Cusco MZ-RS limited slip differential, Nissan carbon fibre driveshaft

SUSPENSION/BRAKES: HKS Hipermax-II LS adjustable shocks, HKS height adjustable coil over springs, factory Brembo callipers 4-pot front, 2-pot rear, Project Mu vented rotors & competition pads front/rear

WHEELS AND TYRES: Advan Model T6 alloys — 19×9-inch front, 19×10-inch rear, Advan AVS Sport tyres — 245/35ZR19 front, 275/30ZR19 rear

EXTERIOR: Nismo front bumper spoiler, Nismo adjustable carbon fibre boot spoiler, factory side skirts, factory rear bumper

INTERIOR: Recaro SR-III front seats, Sabelt harness seat belts, HKS 60mm water & oil temp meters

PERFORMANCE: 330ps @ 6000rpm, 42.8kg/m @ 4900rpm

THANKS: Mukai @ HKS Kansai Service Centre, Rob @ GRD — www.grdnz.com, Soichi @ ST Hi-Tec

Feb 1, 2008 | NZPC

Nissan Super GT NISMONissan Motor Co. Ltd and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd (NISMO) today announced their 2008 Global Motorsport Programmes.

Highlighting the company’s continued commitment to global motorsport, Nissan will enter the all-new GT-R into the premium Japanese motorsport series, Super GT.

1. SUPER GT
2008 marks the return of GT-R to racing, following the transition from the R34 model to the Z five years ago.

Nismo will give technical support and car development support to teams entering the Nissan GT-R in Super GT. As a part of the Nissan team group, Nismo, Hasemi Motorsport, Team Impul and Kondo Racing will enter the GT500 class with a total of five Nissan GT-Rs.

Teams

Car #

Entrant

Manager

Driver

Car Name

22

NISMO

Yoshitaka Iijima

Michael Krumm
Masataka Yanagida

MOTUL AUTECH GT-R

23

Satoshi Motoyama
Benoit Treluyer

XANAVI NISMO GT-R

3

HASEMI MOTORSPORT

Masahiro Hasemi

Ronnie Quintarelli
Naoki Yokomizo

YellowHat YMS TOMICA GT-R

12

TEAM IMPUL

Kazuyoshi Hoshino

Tsugio Matsuda
Sebastien Philippe

CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R

24

KONDO RACING

Masahiko Kondo

Joao Paolo de Oliveira
Seiji Ara

ADVAN Clarion GT-R


2. Privateer support:

A variety of motorsport programmes will be supported by Nissan

March Cup Race/Nissan racing school

A total of 11 races run through regional championships (EAST Japan Series, WEST Japan Series, and Nissan March Champion Cup) using the March (Micra) compact car. By standardising on-board data-loggers, entrants can steadily learn how to improve driving skills, as well as the physical excitement of a racing car.

In addition, Nissan will conduct racing schools at each circuit before races using a March Cup car to give circuit guidance and technical support. Since 2008, Nissan motorsport has added new classes and technology into the cars to help make this entry-level support even more accessible.

National privateer support:

Super GT GT300 class
Give technical support to privateer teams entering the Fairlady Z.

Super Taikyu series

Give technical support to privateer teams entering the ST-1 class or ST-3 class with a Fairlady Z.

Nissan Driver Development Programme (NDDP)/Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ)

To educate young drivers and support the Formula Challenge Japan, FCJ, series started in 2006. Nismo will be responsible for the maintenance of engines managed by the organisers. In addition, Nismo will select four drivers as scholarship drivers and give them support to enter the FCJ
Beginning 2007, to select a Nissan Advance Scholarship driver and send him to Formula Renault in England, where he will gain from the experience of racing in the competitive Formula Renault through one season.

SPECIFICATION OF R35 NISSAN GT-R (GT500)

No.

2008 model

1

Overall length

mm

4800

2

Overall width

mm

2000

3

Wheelbase

mm

2720

4

Track width (Front)

mm

1685

Track width (Rear)

mm

1675

5

Weight

kg

1100

6

Engine

VK45DE

7

Engine Displacement

cc

4494

8

Max. Power

ps

Over 500

9

Max. Torque

kgm

Over 52

10

Clutch

5.5″Carbon triple plate

11

Transmission

6 Speed sequential (Transaxle)

12

Brakes (Front)

Ventilated disc

Brakes (Rear)

Ventilated disc

13

Suspension (Front)

Double wishbone

Suspension (Rear)

Double wishbone

14

Driven Wheels

Rear (2WD)

15

Wheels (Front)

13.0J×18

Wheels (Rear)

13.0J×17

16

Tyres (Front)

330/40R18

Tyres (Rear)

330/45R17

Feb 1, 2008 | NZPC

motorshow nz

An official event of the V8 Supercar Hamilton Street Race, Motorshow NZ, at Hamilton’s Claudelands Event Centre creates yet another reason to be in Hamilton to enjoy V8 racing next April. The event will be held for four days, Wednesday to Saturday, during Hamilton’s V8 Supercar event in April 2008.

The venue, Claudelands Event Centre, is central and a quick stroll from accommodation, Hamilton’s CBD and racing action.  There is a huge amount of off street parking provided to cater to out of town visitors.

Motorshow NZ will be a true expo style event that is defined by the wider market rather than a small specialist or niche event.

Classic Events spokesperson, Shane Noyes says “ This will be an exciting time for the motoring industry. The creation of the Motorshow NZ event is logical given the timing. Hamilton will definitely be the place “where cars are the stars” in 2008”

“Most New Zealand households have an interest or reliance on motor transport.  A Motorshow should deliver on just that and provide for the majority.” “Whether it is motor vehicles, motorcycles, accessories or motoring product, this is an event about how we interact with motor transport, how it has influenced us and how we can enjoy it more and planning and enhancing our future lifestyle.”

Some Expo Features to watch out for

The New Zealand realease of the Murtaya, .Introducing UK based Adrenaline Motorsports Murtaya component car. Based on Subarus WRX as a donor vehicle, the Murtaya boasts supercar performance and style ( 0 to 100km/hr in 3.5 seconds) and has just been awarded Best Specialist car of the year 2007 by Japanese Performance Magazine.

Lotus NZ To Present The “Rossion” American Supercar at Motorshow NZ
The Rossion Q1 is based on the legendary chassis designed in the United Kingdom by automotive genius Lee Noble, the new Rossion Q1 rewards drivers with flawless handling by remaining committed to the traditional methods of achieving automotive performance.

Rossion is committed to bringing a new brand of car that allows drivers no need for compromise in their search for unbridled performance in an ultra lightweight vehicle. Their inaugural model, the Rossion Q1 offers an exhilarating driving lesson by demonstrating how a lightweight, brilliantly engineered chassis carefully paired with an extraordinarily powerful engine can shatter all previous conceptions of supercar physics.

Motorhome Village For 1,000′s Planned Adjacent To Motorshow NZ Site!
Accommodation in Hamilton will be in high demand during the Hamilton 400 V8 Supercar Street Race and Motorshow NZ.
Hamilton City will build a fenced, secure village setting at Claudelands Park. This accommodation option will provide berth options for those who own a self contained motor home or provide a quality rental unit waiting on site for you.

The village is accessible via the Motorshow NZ event centre during expo trading hours. All accommodation options are coordinated and booked through Hamilton I-site.

Source: NZ Motorshow (Check out the Website)

Jan 31, 2008 | NZPC

grand turismo5

Sony Computer Entertainment announced today the April 17 North American release date for Gran Turismoâ„¢5 Prologue, available exclusively on PlayStation3 (PS3), so it can’t be too far behind for New Zealand.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue , an intense precursor to Gran Turismo 5, features over 60 meticulously detailed vehicles from manufacturers such as Ferrari , Audi and Nissan. Users will experience the vehicle-specific physics technology and intricate graphical rendering that Polyphony Digital is renowned for. Additionally, for the first time in the history of the franchise, users can race online – at 60 fps (frames per second) in stunning 1080p HD – with up to 16 vehicles at a time on beautifully rendered tracks from around the globe, including Daytona International Speedway and a London City track.

“Ten years following the introduction of Gran Turismoâ„¢ on PS one, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue delivers the most realistic and technologically advanced racing experience on any platform,” said Jeff Reese, Director, Software Marketing, SCEA. “With 1080p graphics, revolutionary online features like Gran Turismoâ„¢ TV and the new in-cockpit racing view, the world’s best-selling racing franchise will once again set the standard for racing games.”

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will feature various innovative and revolutionary modes to harness PS3 system’s capabilities while further developing an automotive lifestyle and global community . Among them is Gran Turismo TV, a new dedicated online channel available exclusively from PlayStationNetwork that delivers worldwide motorsport programming and manufacturer content. Additionally, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will support online racing events to foster community competition. A new in-cockpit view will provide a unique perspective for racers and features real-time gauges and human animations that accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle . To extend the realistic driving experience, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is also compatible with the new Dualshock3 controller, which has vibration functionality.

We’ll let you know when the New Zealand release dates are as soon as we know.

Source: Sony

Jan 31, 2008 | NZPC

A V-Spec version of the Nissan GT-R is planned that will likely drop 100kg, have 30 more horsepower, and feature upgraded brakes and suspension. There’s also a race/trackday spec car planned that will have new wheels and a full roll cage.

Here’s some video of the race spec car.

Jan 31, 2008 | NZPC

nissan gtr

Nismo, Nissan’s in-house tuning arm, is making it easier to obtain its parts via its dealer network in Japan, and it has plans to expand the program around the world. This means you’ll be able to source all your Nismo go-faster bits from your local Nissan dealer, have them fitted while you wait, and not invalidate your warranty.

Jan 30, 2008 | NZPC

mitsubishi lancer prototype S

Mitsubishi is to give the Prototype-S concept for a sports hatchback its global debut at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 4 through March 16 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex.

Deriving from MMC’s sport sedan family, which includes the Lancer (named the Galant Fortis on the Japanese market) launched in 2007 and the Lancer Ralliart announced at the 2008 Detroit Motors Show and the Lancer Evolution premiered at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, Prototype-S takes the form of a hatchback.

Distinguished by the inverted-slant nose with trapezoidal grille front fascia that marks Mitsubishi Motors new design identity and with wide-and-low proportions that leave no doubt as to the concept underlying its design, Prototype-S uses exterior lines to craft a shape that is powerful and sporty even by European standards, echoing the acclaimed 2005 Concept-Sportback show car.

In its mechanical specification Prototype-S is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler / turbocharger engine [developing maximum of 177 kW (240 PS) and 343 Nm (35 kg-m)] mated to Mitsubishi Motors’s high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission that marries fun-to-drive control with good fuel efficiency. The full-time 4WD driveline features Mitsubishi Motors’ Active Center Differential (ACD) that uses an electronically controlled multi-plate hydraulic clutch to optimally tailor front/rear drive torque split to different driving conditions and deliver the best balance between steering response and traction.

This model is likely to be available only in Europe. Mitsubishi is showing the car in orange because it says that orange best represents the brand.