The new edition of New Zealand Performance Car Magazine has hits shelves across the country. The first thing you will notice is the double cover, sitting inside on page one is the new look dropping in two issues time, so we thought we best ease you all into it so you know what to look for come issue 214 in August. Gracing this months cover is Hamish MacDonald’s super clean A31 Cefiro. Arguably the best Cefiro in New Zealand, it was a brisk 4am start for the team to catch the rising morning light in Cambridge.
A lot has changed around the NZPC offices over the past month, with Pedey packing up and moving overseas we needed to fill that seat. The man stepping up to the plate is assistant editor Marcus, so things might be looking a little different when you flick through NZPC 211. But don’t worry, there are still 104 pages of automotive goodness for you to enjoy
Words: Gareth Court
On Monday we took a look at some of the main wheel alignment angles, so now you’re up with the play, let’s take a more in-depth look at how body roll and forward motion impact on those angles. We’ll also look into how we can use these angles to our advantage to maintain optimum tyre contact, and change the handling characteristics of the vehicle.
Auckland’s International Motorsport (IMS) has a killer R35 GT-R in the build, which is destined for endurance racing. The car was a fresh import driven straight from the shipping yard to IMS, and won’t leave until it heads to the track for the first time. As we’ve come to expect from the team at IMS, who have a long racing pedigree in New Zealand, the workmanship is top-notch, as is the thought process behind the modifications.
Words: Gareth Court
People talk camber, caster, and toe all day long, but do you really know what they mean and how they affect the car? Certified wheel alignment tech Gareth Court brings us up to speed.
Recent changes in legislation have lead to a lot of talk about wheel alignments, and camber in particular. With the current trends around the world focusing on aggressive wheel fitment and stance, we have seen large amounts of negative camber on vehicles. New Zealand legislation was recently amended to control the amount of camber angle on any vehicle. To achieve low volume vehicle certification in New Zealand the camber angle on a vehicle must not exceed the manufacturer’s specification by more than one degree. This applies to both front and rear axles.
If you’ve read the previous post then you’ll know that it was a close battle for the championship heading into the Cody’s D1NZ final in association with NAC Insurance, with ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett trailing Gaz Whiter by the slimmest of margins. Whiter was on 442.5 points and Mad Mike on 412, with 2011 DK Curt Whittaker sitting in third on 359.
The 2013/2014 Cody’s D1NZ season comes to a nail-biting conclusion tomorrow night. All season it’s been a two-horse race: Gaz Whiter in the Tectaloy/Fenix Radiators S14 and Red Bull’s ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett. Heading into the final, Gaz Whiter sits on 442.5, Mike’s on 412, and 2011 DK Curt Whittaker sits in third with 359 points. Let’s take a quick look at what got the drivers to this point. Round 1 kicked off at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park with Gaz taking P1 and then the win over Mike who suffered no end of mechanicals in the MADBUL. V8 Supercar driver Shane Van Gisbergen came home in third place, his first D1NZ podium.