NZ Performance Car

NZ Performance Car No 286 October 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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name: mike squire

AGE: OLD ENOUGH LOCATION: RODNEY, AUCKLAND (WHEN NOT ON THE ROAD) OCCUPATION: JANITOR AT SQUIRE’S MOTORSPORT AND CUSTOM AFFILIATIONS: “It’s a long list internationally, but daily is Earnest Workear (the Squire apron), Mad Mike Motorsport, and Panorama Motorsport” THANKS: Naturally, first up is my parents; my loyal customers, who have given me the trust and opportunity that they have; the biggest thanks needs to go to my wife, Shona—my bags are always packed with the right team gear, my food is always warm, and she always has my back. This job would be impossible without all of these people’s support. Jaden Martin: Hi, Mike! For those who may not have met you yet, can you tell the readers what it is you do? Mike Squire: Hey man, the short answer is cars, and anything related to…

liam burke snatches pro championship

The naughty north knows how to breed its drifters, and Kaitaia’s Liam Burke has proven his credentials by taking out the 2020 D1NZ Pro series at Pukekohe Park! It’s another mark on the scoreboard for what is only the young drifter’s fourth year in the series, having entered the Pro-Sport class in 2017 and won the championship in 2018. Burke debuted in the Pro class for 2019, finishing 11th overall, and returned this year to stake his claim on the championship despite missing out on claiming points at the first round in Timaru. Burke racked up valuable points at Pukekohe (round two) and Baypark (round three), claiming second-place finishes at both, and shot up the championship leader board. That position was further cemented by a round-four win at ASB Showgrounds. Heading into…

touring the house of boost

There’s no denying there are a number of Australian performance-parts companies that are at the forefront of product development around the globe. With stiff competition in the GT-R tuning scene, the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) based in Sydney being the centre of Time Attack racing for the world, and gargantuan drag events such as Jamboree being the pinnacle for import racing, companies like Turbosmart are leading the way in terms of development and quality. With Turbosmart’s countless SEMA Show awards for innovation and quality, we thought it best to dive straight in and check out the Turbosmart headquarters for ourselves. Thanks to a few friendly connections, the team opened its doors to NZPC and took us through the Turbosmart secret lair. Based in Western Sydney, Turbosmart HQ isn’t a storefront. With…

tom conway’s aw11 mr-2

The’80s was automotive madness for the Japanese car manufacturing industry. Slapping turbos or superchargers onto everything, trading small-capacity economy for high-revs, and putting it all in chassis built to handle the strain. Perhaps one of the more ambitious models to come out of the period was Toyota’s first-generation MR-2. A small, two-seater, rear-wheel-drive sports car with the engine in the back and, in highest spec, a supercharger attached to its 1.6-litre, four-banger heart. They built a reputation for being scarily quick, nimble, and easy to spin out, but rapidly became a cult classic. Tom Conway has owned his for a good nine years now and recently used the lockdown to dig into the motor rebuild. The once naturally aspirated model has been converted to a 4A-GZE, now featuring new genuine pistons,…

the perfect form

The year that is (2020) may well go down as ‘the year of the opinion’. If you don’t know the reasons, chances are you’ve been lucky enough to spend your compulsory holiday holed up beneath a project. Both the news and social media are inundated with it. Everyone from key political figures to armchair epidemiologists spews whatever biased sound bite they fancy regarding the current global status. But here’s a biased opinion that you really need to hear: race cars peaked in the 1990s. We don’t want a squeak of disagreement until you’ve heard us out—hell, you don’t even need to do your own research; we’ve done it for you. UP FRONT IS A SUBSTANTIAL AP TWIN FOUR-POT ARRANGEMENT ON 15-INCH TWO-PIECE ROTORS. OUT THE BACK, LIGHTNESS IS KEY, WITH MUCH…

ten-second noodles

The fascination with everything automotive that we all share tends to be developed long before any of us held the piece of plastic that allowed us to get behind the wheel. That love was discovered in the earliest days of youth, scribbling out crude versions of those we saw driving down the street, furiously directing a die-cast around the same cityscape mat that we all somehow had, and watching characters in movies perform impossible stunts strapped into the driver’s seat. It’s safe to say that out of all the automotive childhood ventures, the one that influenced the masses the most was the advent of racing games—none more so than the cultclassic series Gran Turismo. There must have been a collective billion hours’worth of drive time accumulated around the world from…