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NZ Performance Car

NZ Performance Car No 275 November 2019

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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
it’s ok

They say that the male brain thinks about sex every six minutes, on average. Well, I’m not sure where that data derived from, but it certainly did not take into account what happens between my eardrums. Replace the word ‘sex’ with ‘project’ and that would be a more accurate description of my thought processes. I have no idea why I struggle to focus on much else in life apart from whatever project or projects I’m working on, but it’s a problem that I’m unsure how to cure. I’m well aware of the problem, and have started calling it ‘brain on fire’: jumping from one project to the next, never quite finishing anything, and never being left with any sense of achievement or satisfaction. I’d love for it to stop, but, by…

2 min.
how you use it

Forget your car-manufacturer loyalties, forget what brands you use on your car, forget the tyres you run, forget the authenticity of the wheels bolted to your hubs, forget whether you’re naturally aspirated or boosted, and forget what engine option you have; there’s one factor that’s even more preloaded with prejudice than any of those. One simple question has two far more touchy answers that, depending on who is asking, will swing serious judgement based on how you answer. Being asked, “Do you drive automatic or manual?” may as well be a question about whether you support gun control with how some react to the ‘wrong’ answer. Back when I was a pimple-faced teenager with a fresh paper licence that finally allowed me to drive on my own legally, having the right gear-swapper…

1 min.
toyota ft-60 cuts first laps in nz

Announced in June as the latest incarnation of the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) open-wheelers, the Toyota FT-60 has finally undergone testing at two New Zealand tracks. With Hampton Downs Motorsport Park and Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon playing hosts, it’s the first time that the new machine has turned wheels since its maiden shakedown in Italy. Experienced open-wheeler and sports car driver Dan Gaunt was tasked with the testing. “There is a big difference between this car and the previous Castrol Toyota Racing Series machines. It’s a much bigger car, with more downforce, and it’s 100kg heavier with all of the modern safety equipment,” Gaunt said. “That being said, with nearly 300 horsepower [224kW] and a turbocharger, it’s an extremely quick car.” The Toyota FT-60 is set to debut in the 2020 Castrol TRS,…

1 min.
armageddon some of that!

The nation’s ultimate pop-culture event returns to ASB Showgrounds once again this Labour Weekend (25–28 October). Armageddon is going to be massive, the only place to get your fill of all the latest games and the chance to meet the best celebrities to hit our shores — including 2019 WWE Hall of Famer, The Honky Tonk Man, considered the greatest WWE intercontinental champion of all time, with a professional wrestling career that saw him hold the Intercontinental Championship for a record 64 weeks! If The HTM wasn’t enough wrestling to get you fizzing, 2014 WWE Hall of Famer and singer Amy ‘Lita’ Dumas — known as one of the three members of Team Xtreme and four-time winner of the WWE Women’s Championship — is also headed down under. Harry Potter’s…

1 min.
nick cassidy to drive dtm and super gt cross-over entry

Last year we talked about two of the biggest touring car series’, the Japanese Super GT and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), working to join forces in a head-to-head duke-out for supremacy. The series’ have been chatting about it since 2015, and now, after nearly four years in the making, it’s going to happen at the final race of the current DTM season (5–6 October) with three Super GT wild card entries to be sent across from Japan to Germany. The three major GT500 manufacturers will all field one car, with Kiwi driver Nick Cassidy being called on alongside current co-driver Ryo¯ Hirakawa to pilot the LC500 for Lexus. It will be the first time that Cassidy has returned to the Hockenheimring since racing in the now defunct FIA European Formula 3…

1 min.
paddon confirmed for two wrc stints with m-sport

Despite a failure to start at Rally Finland after crashing out in testing, Hayden Paddon has been given another World Rally Championship (WRC) shot by M-Sport with not one but two drives in the current season. The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team has confirmed that Paddon will contest WRC 2 at Wales Rally GB before stepping back up into the top tier of WRC behind the wheel of M-Sport’s new Ford Fiesta R5 MkII at Kennards Hire Rally Australia. It’s been a tough road for the Kiwi rally driver over the last year, which saw him dropped from WRC by Hyundai and struggling to get his foot back in the door. Luckily, M-Sport didn’t let the Rally Finland testing crash hinder his chances, and the latest drive announcements put Paddon in…