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NZ Performance Car

NZ Performance Car No 282 June 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.

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Parkside Media
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Monthly
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in this issue

3 min.
flipped turned upside down

As I write this, I’m sitting in my shed gazing at the gloriousness that is its cleanliness — a state far beyond what I’ve ever seen before. If I go any further, the toothbrushes will be coming out. Almost nothing is out of place, and there is hardly even a speck of dust on the floor. Shit, maybe all this extra time at home isn’t all that bad after all? I’m just thankful I’m able to get into the shed during these weird and unprecedented times we are facing. As I’ve said before, it’s an escape for me, a place to clear my head and forget about the world for just a moment. Aside from cleaning the shed every second day, I’m using this extra free time to finish off all…

3 min.
on another level

Well, I sure chose a bloody brilliant time to not have an active project car! While most of us have had a fair few more spare hours up our sleeves thanks to the Level 4 lockdown, it’s good to see a whole heap of you utilizing it in the garage, getting deep into those neglected builds. Limited access to parts has been a challenge for many, forcing the need to reuse or recycle whatever pieces can be dug up from the dark corners of the property. Or, if you were smart enough to have foreseen the situation we are in now and stocked up, I hope you’ve been making good use of what you have in the interim. Thankfully, there is some light at the end of the tunnel with the…

1 min.
wrc pushing ahead, nzrc up in the air

While 2020 was set to be an exciting year for New Zealand rallying, with the return of WRC Rally New Zealand, the Covid-19 cancellation of literally everything looked to have put that return on the back-burner as the situation progressed. Rally New Zealand is continuing to look at its options for the remainder of the 2020 New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC); however, series coordinator Blair Bartels states that nothing can be confirmed yet. With April’s Otago Rally and the International Rally of Whangarei in May both postponed, the status of the Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay incarnations is still unclear. “Unfortunately, regarding the NZRC at this point in time everything is up in the air,” Bartels said. “Once we have an idea of when we may come out of lockdown then we can…

1 min.
super gt issues revised calendar

Good news coming out of Japan among the current sea of uncertainty: the Super GT championship has issued a revised season calendar that sees its two international events pushed back into winter and the series to instead kick off in July — in contrast to the season-opener originally dated for April at Okayama circuit. The circuit will now host the first round over 11–12 July, followed by races at Fuji and Sugo. Rounds in Thailand, Malaysia, and Suzuka circuit in Japan have yet to be rescheduled, having been pushed to the conclusion of the season that is looking to roll over into the winter months (for the localities). “The rescheduling of the rounds at Suzuka and in Thailand and Malaysia are now under consideration but plans still call for the holding of…

1 min.
nissan files new z-logo trademark

Rumours have been floating about that Nissan is in the process of developing a new Z-car for some time now; however, we haven’t had much hard evidence or official word around what that may entail, or when it will happen — until now. The automaker has filed trademark applications in at least three countries for a new Z-logo, including our own! Filed in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, they show an elongated ‘Z’ with serif ends and a slash across the diagonal — this alone is enough to get Z-fans excited, but it’s the similarity to the original ‘240Z’ design that has enthusiasts talking. The original Z-logo evolved over the years, but this new trademark resembles that of the Series 1 (1970–’71) 240Z. This design, along with the countries the trademark was…

1 min.
driver dropped by sponsor after quitting e-sport series

The world of e-racing is booming right now. Once seen by some as not being a real sport, despite having gained a lot of traction over recent years, now it has cemented its position as the only sport for the foreseeable future. Many racing championships saw the writing on the wall during the Covid-19 crisis and elected to maintain a foothold by switching over to an e-series instead — the likes of Supercars, Formula 1, and even Nascar have all done it. It’s the latter where this news has come from, when Richard Petty Motorsports driver Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr abruptly quit an eNascar iRacing Pro Invitational Series race and proceeded to slate the series online. He reportedly struggled with the adaption to virtual racing and used his two fast-repair resets…