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.
SR20DET AE86 TRACK MACHINE
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.
While, yes, we predominantly feature high-tech, big-power, turbo Japanese weapons in NZPC magazine, we also have a huge appreciation for the way it used to be — a time when tuning was done with a screwdriver, and a 15-second quarter-mile was blisteringly quick.
Though there’s nothing that can compare to being forcefully jammed into the back of your seat by 30psi of boost, there’s just something unique and alluring about old-school speed, classic quick, vintage velocity — that bark of the exhaust, the roar of open carbs sucking down air at 7000rpm: it’s magic stuff that just can’t quite be replicated with a modern set-up, no matter how many dudes running ITBs try to tell you differently.
As one of New Zealand’s most successful and well-known motorsport exports, Rod Millen should require no introduction to the readers of NZPC. Rod carved out his US-based career and found success in rallying, hill climbing, and off-road racing. During the 1970s and ’80s, Rod had an association with Mazda and raced everything from RX-3s through to turbo Familias. It was also in a Mazda that he began his reign as a serious Pikes Peak competitor; in fact, it was this very FC RX-7 that took him to his first podium, a third in Open class in 1987.
I’ve only just gotten back to New Zealand following a trip to Japan with Daynom Templeman and co for Formula Drift Asia. While I was over there I shot mostly video for the team, but in my spare moments managed to grab some photos of the Offset Kings show too. I was always told about Japan and what to expect, but all the talk really couldn’t prepare me for some of the crazy aspects of the Japanese car culture. I love these cars by all means, however it amazed me the length and extremities in which the Japanese would take their art and push and pursue it further and further. What more impressed me was their lack of care for ‘fake’ or ‘real’ wheels – they’re all cool.
In stores this week is a new poster book to brighten up the walls of any room. This time around we have teamed up NZV8 Magazine for a bit of friendly rivalry. Inside you will find six doubled sided A2 posters on high quality paper stock. The only problem is, what side will win out – the Performance Car or the V8? Let the battle begin! Order your copy online here.
Like the Mazda 323, Mazda B1600 and Toyota KE70, the ’80s Mazda 626 is a model that rose to iconic Kiwi rotary status. Thanks to its relatively cheap base price and the ease with which its engine could be swapped, hybrid 626 sedans became a regular on drag strips, burnout pads and late-night hot spots all over New Zealand. But what we have here is something completely left of field, something we never thought we would see. A track-spec 626 built specifically to drift, and powered not by a rotary, but a late-model 626 2.0-litre engine with a turbo hanging off the side.
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.