Jul 23, 2014 | Rene Vermeer

_mg_5600 Severnvalley Motorsport in the UK have been busy building this mental Nissan Qashqai R. The idea was derived from the very successful Juke-R, which Nissan built in 2012. The Qashqai R features full R35 GT-R chassis with running gear from a 2012 GT-R. But if a GT-R family wagon was not enough, they have gone one step further and brought power figures up to 1100hp. It  will now cover the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds and reach over 300 km/h. We have no idea how much it would cost to build, but with the current NZ market price for a 2012 GT-R t around $100k and a 2013 Qashqai around $25k . What you see before you would run close to $200,ooo. But the look on that supercar owner when you embarrass him at the lights, well thats priceless  Read the full story »

Jul 22, 2014 | Marcus

Last issue we announced the date for the NAC Insurance Drift Nationals, but due to a date clash with another drifting event, it has been brought forward to September 21. The venue, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, will remain unchanged, as will the line-up of New Zealand’s best drivers and cars. Read the full story »

Jul 18, 2014 | Lara


Chrome Expression Session 2014 is fast approaching with the dates set for August 9 and 10 at Hampton Downs.

If you’re keen to get there and check out the action, all you have to do is subscribe to NZ Performance Car now and you’ll be able to go for free.

If you subscribe for just six months, you’ll receive a free pass to the event which is worth up to $30. If you subscribe for a year, you’ll get a free double pass, worth up to $60.

Get in on the action of Chrome Expression Session featuring passenger rides, burnout sessions, drifting sessions, drag racing sessions, show and shine, trade sites, and entertainment during the day.

This issue of NZ Performance Car is jam-packed with great features and tech guides for you to mull over as you can see here. Check out chromenz.co.nz for more information about the event.

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Jul 17, 2014 | Chris Smith


Following last night’s post with that awesome Kanjo Civic video, we thought we should throw some more rad videos into motion with this post. A great video for fans of Vaughn Gitten JR and video editing alike. Vaughn takes us through how he started and how it began for him as a drifter — the emotions and feelings that make him who he is today as a top drifter in Formula Drift. It’s also pretty well shot, so for all you video buffs, check it out. Read the full story »

Jul 16, 2014 | Chris Smith

For all fans of the Need For Speed franchise, the new Need For Speed movie comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 23. With the movie containing plenty of action scenes and racing scenes, the film is a must-watch for any car or movie buff.

Based around struggling garage owner Tobey Marshall, he drives across the country as he races against time.

With no CGI used and plenty of supercar action, we urge you to pick up a copy from one of these retailers: The WarehouseJB Hi-FiCountdownMighty Ape or check out needforspeed for more information


Jul 16, 2014 | Marcus


Image Credit: thekanjozoku.com

The Osaka Kanjo Racers are the stuff of JDM legend,  for decades these midnight racers have done battle around the outer Osaka highway loop known as the Kanjo. A uniquely Japanese subculture shrouded in secrecy, never before has this form of illegal street racing been showcased to the outside world in such detail.

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Jul 15, 2014 | Lara


Before we start down this explosive, eyebrow-destroying path, let’s state the obvious: using combustion to bead up a tyre is not the ideal way to get the job done; it’s not even a particularly good way, and it should be approached with extreme caution. It is, however, something NZPC gets asked about a lot, and sometimes it might just be your only option. Let’s say you’re at the race track, you’ve had a mint morning out on the circuit at a grassroots drift practice day, the car has been running great, and you’ve been nailing that challenging sweeper. It’s just hit 3pm and there are a couple more sessions left, but you’ve run out of tyres! Luckily, a fellow drifter has some secondhand rubber in the back of his truck you can use, but it’d need to be mounted to your wheels. Without a tyre machine and bead blaster on hand, you’ve only really got one option, especially considering you’re trying to stretch 235s on to 10-inch–wide rims — fire! For this demonstration, we are using a 18×10-inch Work Emotion XD9 and a 235/40R18 Goodyear Eagle F1 tyre.

A big thanks to Alex at Precision Wheels and upcoming Pro-Am driver and all-round handsome devil Ben Jenkins for risking their eyebrows, eyelashes, and nasal hairs to show us how it’s done. Read the full story »

Jul 14, 2014 | NZPC



During a recent visit to HiTech Motorsport in Drury, we were stopped dead in our tracks by this beautiful Toyota AE86 sitting in the corner of the workshop. Owned by customer Charles Rollo, the AE86 is currently undergoing some final preparations for its dyno tune and first shakedown at the track. The immaculate race car is powered by a Nissan SR20DET, which was already fitted when Charles picked it up from Wellington three years ago. “We decided to get a car that was rear-wheel drive,” Charles says. “We also liked the fact that it was a Toyota (our company fleet is mainly Toyota). It was built for the road and had been in a garage for 10 years — the car’s overall condition was very good. We retained the engine, gearbox, diff, rear coilovers and body for the conversion to race car. Read the full story »