Aug 26, 2014 | Rene Vermeer


Emma Gilmour, New Zealand’s own talented Rallycross Championship contender missed out on the big time over the weekend of August 23. Read the full story »

Aug 23, 2014 | Marcus


The state of competitive drifting in New Zealand, and indeed the world, is undergoing change as the gap grows between what made the sport so popular in the first place, its accessibility, and the competitive corporate world of competition. What was once a very blurred line is now growing into a very defined one. With the current top crop setting the pace of vehicle development at an astonishing rate, and those looking to get into the sport thinking they need a $150,000 vehicle to do so, it was a breath of fresh air to sit down with freshly-crowned D1NZ Pro-Am champion Vincent Langhorn, and find out that standing atop the Pro-Am podium is not all about keeping up with the Joneses.

The very laid-back and humble Vincent has competed for three seasons now, and after taking a second at Taupo in the 2012–2013 season, this time he saw two firsts, along with a string of high qualifying positions, to win the championship by four points. He was up against some stiff competition, and for the most part was doing it off his own back and out of his own wallet, building and maintaining his car in his parents’ shed.

We sat down with him to see what, if anything, will change heading into his rookie Pro championship season.

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Aug 22, 2014 | Marcus


Nac Motorsport has been apart of the New Zealand racing community for 18 years. Recognizing how many drivers needed a helping hand, NAC launched their first Motorsport grants scheme July 2013. and managed to help out 38 different drivers with travel expenses, tyres and safety gear. Read the full story »

Aug 21, 2014 | Rene Vermeer


Nick and Peter from North Shore Toyota have organized two events for everyone in the automotive scene to take part in. The team’s previous events have always been a major hit and have received massive turnouts — these two will be no different.

Nick will be hosting the AltezzaClub track day down at Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park, September 5. The club have allowed 35 cars to take part on the day, this ensures everybody gets the max amount of time possible out on the race track.

“Our annual track day is a yearly, non-competitive (although at the end of the day it tends to get that way) outing for beginners and seasoned racers to get out on the track and have some fun in a no-pressure environment. Anybody with any car can join, it isn’t strictly Altezzas on the day,” Nick tells us. With only 15 spaces left to be filled, get in quick. With members attending from all over the country, the track day is the highlight of the Altezza Annual Megameet. Last year was the club’s biggest turnout — the club went jetboating, quad biking and stretched the legs on their much-loved Altezzas.  Read the full story »

Aug 20, 2014 | Chris Smith


After the much anticipated release of the first version of the Toyota FT1, Toyota has come back with a new drop showcasing the latest ‘Graphic’ edition. Boasting a new colour scheme and a revised interior, the final version is looking to be amazing.

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Aug 19, 2014 | Marcus


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New Zealand Performance Car Magazine was started back in 1996 during the infancy of the local import performance car scene. 18 years on, 214  monthly issues published and countless specials and yearbooks along the way and we are still going strong. Issue 214 marks a new era in the look and feel of NZPC, and what better way to break-in the new look than with a look-back at the evolution of cover. The cars, the shows, the girls and the design approach have seen such a massive transformation over that period. The new issue drops on in-stores on Monday 25 , so keep an eye out in-stores! Read the full story »

Aug 18, 2014 | Chris Smith


Mothers Chrome Expression Session took place last weekend, and while we have full coverage in NZPC 214,  we took the opportunity to get some raw footage of some of the cars doing flybys, as a bit of the teaser for the coverage. Read the full story »

Aug 13, 2014 | Rene Vermeer


Eight years after the Race to the Sky last took place at Cardrona, the team behind Highlands Motorsport Park has brought the event back. The gravel road starts at 1060 metres, and climbs through 126 turns over 13.5km to reach the finish at 1980 metres, in a course which takes the best of about nine minutes to complete. Race to the Sky will be the longest gravel hill climb in the world, giving it huge international appeal — Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA, is longer, with more turns, but it is sealed. Read the full story »