With the new Cody’s D1NZ New Zealand Drifting Championship season just around the corner, the Cody’s D1NZ Turbosmart Tech Day will take place on November 3 at North Shore Toyota, 2 Link Drive, Wairau Valley, Auckland. This will be your first chance to check out all the new cars for the coming season, with an expected 55-plus cars passing through tech during the day. They will be checked over with a fine-tooth comb by the D1NZ technical team to ensure all legalities have been met. North Shore Toyota will be firing up the barbie, and NZPC and Turbosmart will also be there dishing out freebies all day. This is a great opportunity for drifting fans to get up close to all the cars and meet the drivers and teams. The gates are open from 10.30am through to 4.30pm, and it’s free to head along and check out the cars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.