If you’re home by 6pm tonight check out TV3 news to see the video footage of Alex Kelsey’s home-built rally car in action.
It’s taken two years of intense work, but Kelsey has now unveiled his one-of-a-kind, home-built rally car at his home workshop in Coromandel.
With a French-made, naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 engine, the car has been dubbed the ‘Mad Creation 2’ (MC2).
Kelsey reckons all the hours and hours of effort put into building the ‘mental in nature’ vehicle has all been worth it.
“This car has been such a huge part of my life for so long, so to finally have it finished is just beyond words. All I was thinking when I first drove it was, ‘yahoo! It works!’ but I always knew it was going to work; it was just a matter of when it was going to happen really,” Kelsey says.
Ever wanted to see how you’d go against a D1NZ Pro? Blastacars D1NZ Drift Day will give you the opportunity to jump into a heat against a D1NZ Pro and see how your skills hold up — and you’ll be in to win $3000 worth of prizes. The event will be held on Sunday, May 18 from 12–7pm at the Blastacars Auckland track, 82 The Concourse, Henderson, and will be $10 per heat.
Nigel Petrie from Engineered to Slide is one of the nicest, and most humble, guys you will ever meet in your lifetime. The one-man car and bike building machine is the kind of guy who makes the rest of us look bad without even trying. What he achieves outside of his normal nine-to-five job in a shed at the back of his house is truly amazing, and the best thing is, he has documented it all on his personal blog. If you haven’t followed the Hilux build for the past three years, or seen the cover feature we ran in NZPC204, then you should take the time to go recap on it here before watching the documentary that follows Nigel through the last eight months and most important part of any build — the first drive.
We delve into one of the most outlandish builds to hit our shores, the Mazda 616 Capella of Mark Strawbridge
The 2014 V 4&Rotary Nationals marked a couple of cool milestones for the NZPC team, and not the kind you would expect. No, our personal cars didn’t clean up come award time, but it was the first time I, the assistant ed., got to go for a ride in a car I have been involved in building since day one. I have known the owner, Mark Strawbridge, since kindergarten and we have been messing around with cars together since we could drive. He is one of those guys who has never owned anything standard in his life. Right from his first car, a Mini with a pair of 15-inch subs stuffed in the boot, he has had a long list of builds, including, sadly, two cars stolen within months of being completed. But all those builds were nothing compared with what his 1974 Mazda 616 Capella would evolve into.
New Zealand’s very own V8 Supercar driver Shane Van Gisbergen will be at the wheel of the MCA Suspension ‘Hammerhead’ during this year’s World Time Attack Challenge.
With Earl Bamber now driving for the Porsche Supercup team, the Queensland-based MCA Suspension team was on the lookout for a driver who would be able to takeover driving the MCA S13 Silvia.
Van Gisbergen says: “I can’t wait! The times these cars are doing on radial tyres is just plain nuts, and driving on the absolute limit is where I am most comfortable. With time attack racing there is no need to preserve the car or tyres like in enduro. It is just get in and drive the absolute wheels off it from go to whoa, which suits me just fine. Plus, to be honest, I have a bit of a Silvia thing going on as my road/track day car in New Zealand is an S15.”
This was the view on-board with Robbie Ward in the RIPS Racing R32 GTR on his way to the 7.48 @189MPH run during the last meeting at Meremere Dragway over the weekend. The GT-R has been on fire all season long, and the team had high hopes heading into the final event for great weather and a good track, setting the goal to run a 7.5 and 185MPH. Straight off the trailer the GT-R went 7.60 @ 183MPH to reset their PB and continued to run quicker throughout the day until the 7.48 @ 189mph with a mild 1.23 60ft. With one more run left in the day the team put a full kill tune in and went for broke. Sadly the engine fought back dropping a cylinder during the run. Over the winter the engine will be rebuilt and no doubt the GT-R will return bigger and better.
MY F$&KING BATTERY IS DEAD AGAIN!
This month we take you through a few simple procedures to help you diagnose and fix one of the all-time most irritating car issues — a battery that just can’t be trusted. There’s nothing worse than building your car and finally getting it on the road, then constantly wondering whether it’s going to start the next time you get in it. There are a few potential reasons — maybe your battery is just poked (fingers crossed); your alternator has given up; or something electrical is holding on once the ignition is switched off, draining the battery voltage. Whatever the problem is, it can be found and fixed, hopefully without too much cost and effort — Scott Baillie from Baillie Autoelectrix in Auckland shows us how. For the purposes of this how-to, we’ve used Scott’s 2002 Subaru WRX STI as the test car.