NZ Performance Car

NZ Performance Car No 283 July 2020

Since 1996 New Zealand Performance Car has been the voice of the country’s modified import car scene. It was there to see the first import 10-second quarter mile run, there when the first official drift battle ensued, there when the first show trophies were handed out, and there to bring NZ its very first Super Lap time attack event. Each month the very best of NZ’s modified import car scene is served up. It’s New Zealand’s number 1 selling monthly motoring magazine and is New Zealand’s import performance authority and for good reason…it leaves the others for dust.

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car aid c33 runs 8.23

Built between a few good mates and run on a modest budget, Brendin Jones has campaigned the Car Aid Nissan Laurel (C33) for two seasons, bettering its previous owner’s ET and recently posting a fresh personal best of 8.23 at 166mph (267kph) in Christchurch. Purchased from Stu Rogers as a rolling body, Brendin tells us it was a good base for the build having already achieved a 9.0 at 154mph (248kph) and arriving with a freshly rebuilt TH400 built to the same specs as the R.I.P.S Racing 240Z car. With Brendin working at Car Aid Engine Reconditioners, boss Paul Coates chipped in to help finance the engine while colleague Allan Bigham took care of the technical side of the engine build. The package is based around an RB30 cast block with a…

killing the club

Way before either Jaden or I took up camp in the NZ Performance Car office, the team introduced ‘kW Club’ stickers as a supplement to the already popular drag-time stickers. At the time, having 300kW was a big deal, but thanks to a decade of advancements in tech, knowledge, and parts, getting that out of most engines, especially when boosted, is a very simple affair. Hell, 400 and 500kW club stickers are now the most popular, and you wouldn’t believe how fast we are dishing them out. However, we are always faced with questions around the authenticity of some claimed power outputs, a rabbit warren of fiddling numbers and hidden correction factors, strangely cropped photos of dyno graphs, and even guys stealing other people’s sheets. It would truly amaze you…

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New Zealand is a country of innovators. We love to tinker, discover, and solve problems. And from this the amount of local componentry coming out of our little island nation on the bottom of the globe that is going out to change the world is, well, unreal. Which is why buying locally not only helps shape the future of the industry, the parts we use, and the rapid advancement of technologies, but supports those Kiwis leading the way to do it. There are a ton of parts, big and small, produced right here that you probably didn’t even know were Kiwi-made products. It’s easy to forget that not everything is made in some far-off factory, and the part you’re buying may very well have been dreamt up, designed, produced, and…

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join the queue

I’m an Aucklander—you may be able to tell—and if there’s one thing Aucklanders love more than soy lattes, overpriced houses, and having no idea where any place outside its 1102km2 radius is, it’s complaining about traffic. We’ve done a pretty stellar job at keeping all the traffic confined to the war zone that is Auckland motorways—you’re welcome, regions—but if this whole Covid-19 lockdown situation has highlighted one thing, it’s how awesome it is going anywhere when everyone else stays home. I’ve managed to shave a good five minutes off my lap time—I mean, er, commute—to the supermarket, and the essential milk run to the local dairy via the back-country roads has never been more unobstructed. With the shift to Level 2 meaning we have a big hit of normality back, and…