Aug 12, 2014 | Chris Smith


1JZ S13.5

The build of his Nissan S13 has been a five-year graft for Taranaki-based Kurt Gifkins, but the project is now very near the end. Starting from a bare shell, Kurt left no bolt unturned. The engine is a fully-built 1JZ-GE VVTI with a ground and polished crank, race bearings, an HKS cambelt, a Master Power 555 turbo, a custom stainless manifold, front-facing plenum, 44mm TiAL wastegate, 50mm TiAL blow-off valve, 90mm throttle body, 660cc injectors and a Link G4. There is a big-power fuel system in the boot, and wiring for the ECU is the only thing left before the first fire-up.

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Aug 11, 2014 | Marcus


Chrome Expression Session took Hampton Downs by storm over the weekend. With over 300 cars signing up to take part, it was open to everyone, no matter what style of car build you had. An epic weekend with very little mechanical sympathy shown to any of the cars, it featured a wide variety of machinery, including plenty of 400, 500 and 600kW monsters. Cruise sessions, drifting, drags, gymkhana, burnouts and show n shine, it was two days of insanity. We have full coverage in NZPC 214, and a video to come, but in the mean time here is a gallery to tide you over Read the full story »

Aug 8, 2014 | Chris Smith


Weekend Workshop

Gaining Clearance

Welcome to the Weekend Workshop, a place where you can save some cash by getting your hands dirty. These tech guides aim to arm you with the necessary info and knowledge to get out there and give it a go yourself, with no professionals needed, and at a price tag that won’t break the bank.

This time we delve into guard rolling, something most of us would have dealt with from time to time when fitting a new set of wheels. The lip that runs along the inside of the guard where the outer and inner steel skins meet will generally be a right angle or U shape, and can play havoc by rubbing off the tyre’s sidewall, or worse, cutting into either the sidewall or trim.

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Aug 6, 2014 | Chris Smith


We’re all pretty big fans of the little 86, so when ’86 day’ rolls around we’ve got to celebrate. Here’s a bunch of our favourite local 86s, and one international, over the years. Above is Ben Phillips’ notchback. Read the full story »

Aug 6, 2014 | NZPC


Hamish MacDonald has always been into Nissan Cefiros. The ultimate sideways taxi has captured this Matamata local’s attention since they first started showing up in the very early 2000s. “I bought my first Cefiro because it had everything I wanted in a car,” Hamish explains. “Plus Jairus Wharerau and Justin Rood were killing it at the time in D1NZ [in A31 Cefiros].” Read the full story »

Aug 5, 2014 | Lara

Quadra 5427


If you’re anything like us time races past and we can’t figure out where it’s all going. Here’s your chance to keep track of where your day’s going — just subscribe to NZ Performance Car and you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of these Storm London watches, worth up to $525. Read the full story »

Aug 2, 2014 | Chris Smith


Generally, when it comes to actually having the chance to get behind the wheel of a car that is being featured in the magazine, it’s through one of two scenarios. We’ve either been given a brand-new standard car by a manufacturer to test out for a week and review, or a kind, trusting soul has handed over the keys to his or her already very modified pride and joy.

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Aug 1, 2014 | Marcus



It’s no secret that Mad Mike Motorsports are currently undertaking a new build, unlike anything they have attempted before. The project has now been underway for a few months, as they turn a 2006 NC Miata into a 1000hp pro spec drift car.   Read the full story »