NZ Performance Car

No 293 December 2021 - January 2022

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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lock it down — again

Ahhh, that all-too-familiar feeling: lockdown, again. Lockdown is challenging for so many of us, with working constraints and social distancing meaning that we can’t earn a full wage most of the time and we’re restricted from seeing our loved ones. It’s confronting in that you’re forced to deal with things at home, including, potentially, issues that going to work can make it easier to avoid. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. For a lot of you, it’s a great time to get stuck into those projects that keep getting put off. Renovations, the lawns, fixing those lights you told your partner you’d get onto eight months ago, and, most importantly, car projects. For us, it poses a huge challenge. As you will all know, in order to print these pages of…

hero contributor rixsta

It’s a huge honour to be Hero Contributor for this month. I’ll never get used to getting acknowledged for my pictures. It means a great deal to me and shows appreciation for all the work and hours I do. I have been doing automotive photography for around five years now, but have only been contributing to magazines for the last two. My techniques for photography are strobe photography and light painting — these techniques are not seen a lot and I always strive to do something different. I experiment with different techniques, watch a lot of YouTube and like to learn from other photographers, which I thoroughly enjoy, seeing others’ perspectives. My aim is to get people to see their pride and joy through my eyes and how I see…


NISSAN Z — IT HAS BEEN RELEASED! Yes, you read that right — Nissan has now officially jumped into the modern-day fun game, with the release of its highly anticipated Nissan Z. Much like the GT-R badge dropping the Skyline name, the 370Z no longer progresses into another number; the name for the latest Fairlady from Nissan is simply the Nissan Z. Enthusiasts the world over have been screaming for a rear-wheel drive turbocharged platform with a manual gearbox, and Nissan has come out swinging with this: a 298kW, 3000cc, twin-turbo V6 monster, with a six-speed — or your choice of a nine-speed automatic. The new VR30DDTT engine is a torque monster, producing 475Nm of torque from 1600rpm all the way to 5600rpm, with peak power being produced at 6400rpm. It is…

gig guide

DUE TO COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS, ALL EVENT INFORMATION IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PRINTING BUT MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE Event Spotlight COOL CARS ON TV For a closer look at some of the custom engineering work going on in workshops devoted to owners of special cars, check out Repco Muscle Garage. As the name suggests, the programme focuses more on the performance market and customisation. However, the growing interest in importing American cars of all ages is feeding a thriving industry serving owners who want to add more go, more stopping power, and better handling via the manufacturers’ more recent catalogues or from the vibrant aftermarket parts scene. That growing skill base is also good news for classic owners who may need those fabrication skills, or who also want more reliability or…

a certain likeness

Dog and owner look-alike competitions do exist — in case you weren’t aware. Maybe you’ve seen the mildly unsettling images of the winners proudly posing with their trophy and their hairy companion, beaming with questionably justified pride. Hairy old Bruce and his Irish setter, uptight Cindy and her prized Maltipoo, and chubby little Timmy and his wheezing Shar Pei — it’s all very wholesome fun. Research shows that these similarities — not just in looks but also in personality and demeanour — aren’t restricted to the type of people that would enter a look-alike competition; this is a fairly universal phenomenon. Auckland-based Richard Opie is more of a cat guy, to be fair, but what he lacks in canine companionship, he makes up for in the garage. Richard’s cherry-red KP61 Toyota…


ENGINE: Toyota 4A-GE 1600cc 16V four-cylinder BLOCK: Three-rib Bluetop block, Bluetop rods, balanced rotating assembly, TRD ‘Atlantic’-spec forged pistons, 12.3:1 compression ratio HEAD: 16V small-port head, 1mm oversized valves, Supertech valve springs, Supertech Ti retainers, Kelford 193B cams, port work by Harris Performance, Toda adjustable cam pulleys, shaved cam covers with -12AN breather fittings INTAKE: Port matched and dowelled T3 billet adaptor, 4A-GE Silvertop 20V individual throttle bodies, Tec-Art’s 100mm ‘large curl’ velocity stacks, ITG filter, SQ Engineering reverse down-pull throttle linkage EXHAUST: Nite Parts ‘superloop’ high-rise stainless 4-1 header, 2.5-inch stainless exhaust, AdrenalinR stainless resonator and muffler FUEL: Walbro 255lph in-tank pump, -6AN hardlines, Speedflow -6AN fittings/lines throughout, Aeroflow FPR, Siemens 440cc injectors, modified/shaved/polished OEM small-port fuel rail, modified OE fuel tank with inbuilt surge tank IGNITION: Garage 4AGE crank/cam trigger sensor set-up, Denso 2NZ-FE…