Feb 10, 2008 | NZPC

should ypu use cross-drilled brake discs

Some high performance cars feature cross-drilled brake discs. Cross-drilling is where holes are drilled through the brake disc. This was first tried in the 1960s on racing cars to make the brakes more efficient (it prevents a layer of gas or water getting trapped between the pad and the disc.)

On the road under normal braking cross-drilled discs offer better performance, but on the track the holes are prone to developing stress cracks under heavy braking when the discs heat up. For this reason, if you are racing, cross-drilled brake discs are not the best choice, but for everyday on-road motoring they can offer a performance advantage over non-cross-drilled brakes.

And they look cool.

Feb 8, 2008 | NZPC

toyota ft-hs

Toyota FT-HS concept – will the new Celica look a bit like this? Unlikely, even though it’s cool.

Rumours have surfaced in Japan about the return of the Celica. News of a new low-cost sportscar from Toyota have been bouncing around for a while, but we thought it would be based on the AE86 Sprinter or Trueno – lightweight, rear drive, and designed to capitalise on the drifting phenomenon.

1978 Celica – sporty!

But the Celica name holds some cachet – the rally success of Carlos Sainz ingrained the legend of the four-wheel drive Celica in the minds of many enthusiasts.

Word on the street is that there’ll be a base-trim GT possibly powered by a naturally aspirated EJ20 boxer flat four driving the rear wheels, and a nutcase version GT-Four with 300hp and AWD (possibly with the fronts being driven by an electric motor). It may even have hints of the FT-HS concept, pictured above.

With Toyota’s new partnership with Subaru (it bought a stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru’s parent company in 2005), the boxer and the AWD will come from the Impreza WRX STI.

We’ll update you as we know more.

Feb 8, 2008 | NZPC

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Have fun!

Feb 7, 2008 | NZPC

pc news citroen

Citroen’s quadruple FIA World Rally Champions Sebastien Loeb and co-driver, Daniel Elena, will make their 100th WRC start in Sweden this weekend.  Frenchman Loeb and Monegasque, Elena, are the most successful pairing in WRC to date, with 37 wins from their 99 starts. They also hold the records for most wins in one season (10 in 2005) and the longest run of consecutive wins (6 in 2005).

The pair, who contested their first rally together 10 years ago, have notched up a massive 61 WRC podiums on their way to a reliable 85% finishing record.  Only Carlos Reutemann has ever set a better starts to podiums ratio, in the 1980s.

Loeb and Elena have won the last four WRC titles, and altogether have triumphed on 17 different events — 12 rallies on the current WRC calendar plus previous rounds in Sanremo, Portugal, Ireland, Cyprus and Australia.

Sebastien is also the only non-Nordic driver to have won the Swedish Rally, in 2004, and he and Daniel will be looking to continue their perfect start to the ’08 season, having set a brand new record two weeks ago, when they clinched their fifth Rallye Monte Carlo victory.

“Sure, it would be nice to celebrate our 100th start with a win,” observed Sebastien. “But scoring points in both championships will also be important, and I will base my pace on the way the rally unfolds.”

The 2008 Swedish Rally starts in Karlstad on Thursday, February 8.

Feb 7, 2008 | NZPC

in pro virtual motor

If your ride is far too quiet, now you can make it sound like a rally car without offending the fuzz by breaching noise regulations. With government crackdowns on loud exhausts, and the trend towards quieter engines that sound like a sewing machines, wouldn’t it be great to ride along listening to your car sounding like a rally weapon, or a race car?

These sounds are the ones that make your hair stand on end when you start the engine, and now you can get all this through your stereo speakers (better hope it’s a good stereo or it’ll sound rank!)

Virtual Motor from in.pro is a sound module that fits in place of your radio. Run the cables to the engine compartment and it picks up the engine rpm. Set the idle speed and you’re away. Four engine tones are available, and you can change them on the fly with a push of a button, be it a revved-up V8 Italian super sports car, the distinctive six-cylinder sound of a boxer engine, a rally car or formula race car. There’s not an option for a 1000hp GT-R – perhaps there’ll be an upgrade pack in the future. If we all end up driving electric cars through congested streets, this might be the only thing that makes motoring enjoyable.

Feb 7, 2008 | NZPC

park or die

Handy Games (the company that also brought you Marc Collins: American Lesbians), has released Park or Die for mobile phone. Become an extreme sports parking driver in Park Or Die! Impress the illegal street scene with your driving skills and pick up the hottest babe in town!

You are an undercover agent investigating the shady events of a newly founded underground scene. Earn the respect of the gang members by pulling off daring parking stunts and finishing every race in time! Prove yourself in wild duels against the world’s best stunt parkers! Take part in the biggest street events organized by the scene and master your skills in tight slalom courses, fast car races and crazy parking competitions! Experience a movie-like story and feel the heat of your tyres burning on the asphalt! Are you ready? Then Park Or Die!

Park Or Die is out now!

Features:

- Wild speed parking action with illegal underground atmosphere

– Hollywood-like story with sophisticated characters

– 25 thrilling missions plus 4 unlockable bonus levels

– 3 varying game modes: parking, slalom and drift race

– Hardcore mode for advanced players

– Highscore and high heels

– Groovy soundtrack

– Destructible car model

– Tutorial

Feb 6, 2008 | NZPC

HKS35 anniversary Lexus

Rees at Japanese Used cars attended the HKS 35th Anniversary celebration at Fuji Speedway in Japan and took hundreds of photos.

You can read a short account of the day here: http://www.performancecar.co.nz/forums/circuit-racing/hks-35th-anniversary-fuji-speedway-27th-jan-08

If you want to have a look at the machinery on show, check out Rees’ gallery here: http://www.autospecsltd.com/HKS%2035th%20Anniversary%20Fuji%20Speedway%20Jan%2008/album/index.html

Feb 6, 2008 | NZPC

audi quattro

The most priceless example of the legendary sports car that pioneered four-wheel-drive for production road cars is Audi UK’s own unregistered car with zero miles, and will never be put up for sale.

So rare is this car – the last right-hand-drive quattro sports car ever made – that Audi is forced to keep it in a secret location and stored in a sealed, dehumidified environment.

An untouched and as new car could actually be worth an unlimited sum to an enthusiast Audi collector. “We would never be able to replace this car and its value to the brand is inestimable” said Jeremy Hicks Director of Audi UK. “Whenever we have exhibited it, we have received a succession of surprisingly high offers, but sadly this particular car, the quattro that started it all for the company in the early eighties, will never be for sale”.

Production ceased on the quattro almost twenty years ago. “We are seeing renewed interest in our classic cars and we fully expect demand for the first Audi quattro to rise dramatically this year,” concluded Mr Hicks.

Intriguingly, Audi has always spelt 'quattro’ with a lower case Q.