Oct 29, 2013 | Marcus

WTAC VIDEO

 

Take a ride with Team New Zealand as they trophy snatch at the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge in Sydney. Thanks to NAC Insurance and Chris Smith for the edit

Oct 24, 2013 | Marcus

ETS_complete We couldn’t resist sharing a wallpaper of the current NZPC 204 pull-out poster showing Nigel Petrie’s ETS Hilux stripped bare and ready for assembly- Automotive art at its best. You can pick up the latest edition of NZPC for a full eight-page spread on the now completed truck.

 

 

Oct 22, 2013 | Marcus

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Hot off the press and in stores this week is the latest issue of New Zealand Performance Car magazine. On the cover we have the world exclusive feature of the Engineered to Slide Toyota Hilux in all its completed glory. Australian Nigel Petrie has spent the last three years hand crafting this truck in his home garage. To simply call it a drifter is a gross understatement — this is a piece of rolling/functioning art.

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Oct 21, 2013 | Marcus

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The 2013 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park will go down in the record books as the most action packed to date. Day one saw numerous crashes as drivers pushed well beyond the limit. Surprisingly past years have seen almost no crashes, but day one of the 2013 event brought with it two serious time attack incidents involving the RTR Evo X and the Gorilla Industries Supra, which both hit the wall head on. Later on that day during testing for the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge, Kiwi Shane Allen was involved in an incident with Aussie drifters Beau Yates and Anthony Cece.

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Oct 20, 2013 | Marcus

 

One of Australia’s top drifters, Beau Yates, used the 2013 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge to unveil his brand new Toyota GT86 drift car.  While not making its on-track début Beau told NZ’s Andre Simon from High Performance Academy that it is only a matter of time before the chassis is 100% ready for competition. The lightweight (1100kg) Toyota retains the factory FA20 four-cylinder, which has been turbocharged and produces 360kW at the rear wheels. Checkout the full HPA interview for a complete run-down on the beautifully presented and engineered machine.

 

 

Oct 18, 2013 | Marcus

BBT crowd

The country’s largest male lifestyle show, Big Boys Toys (BBT), is once again set to rock ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland, on November 8-10. As we’ve come to expect, the venue will be packed with the latest and greatest in products, services and cars, and there are also some great new additions to the live programme. The BBT Drive area will be an unmissable part of the show, featuring a huge range of vehicles from classic cars and supercars, to marine craft and motorcycles. The Skinny Action Arena will feature New Zealand’s best extreme athletes, including BMX and FMX stars, as well as the country’s best stunt driver, Peter Bell, who will work his magic.

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Oct 16, 2013 | Marcus

New Zealand Performance Car Magazine RX7 rotary

That love affair with your first car can be a long-lasting and often impossible one to shake. For Cole Roberson that car was the Series 4 RX-7, which he has regretted selling ever since. To repair that hole in his heart, just over a year ago he purchased another bone-stock ’88 S4. Starting from the ground up with the goal of building a street-legal track car, Cole and his dad, who has helped through the entire project, built a 10-point homologated roll cage. The front inner guards have been tubbed and a set of C’s Garage 555 knuckles were installed. The coilovers are from BC Gold, and Super Now camber arms and toe arms were installed in the rear, to dial in some grip when needed. The engine is a PPRE-built 13B bridge-port turbo race engine with a Garrett GT3540, TiAL wastegate and TiAL BOV. A MicroTech will control the 13B, which Warren from PPRE will wire in and tune once all the small finishing touches have been added to the engine. The bodywork includes a 30mm steel widebody on the rear, and a switch to an S5 RX-7 front bumper and tail lights. A good mate of Cole’s has coated the roll cage in Ford’s Ego Green, which works perfectly with the gunmetal exterior. The RX-7 will run 18×10.5-inch XXR X9 rims all round. Read the full story »

Oct 3, 2013 | Marcus

When a Russian military convoy is taken down in Moscow, agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) goes to the only man who can help him find his target — Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Toretto only agrees to help when he discovers Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is alive and working with Hobbs’s No.1 target — Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) — a special ops mercenary running an equally brilliant crew. Torretto’s elite outfit, including Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and all the entire original crew, pursue Shaw and his team in a series of heart-stopping heists across Europe, each chase outgunning the other for size, scale, and sheer excitement.

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