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NZ Performance Car

No 272 August 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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extracting the maximum

Enjoyment! At the end of the day, I’d hope this is the driving factor for all of us involved in building cars. Maximizing this one thing should trump everything else! It should be why we invest so much time; effort; and, undoubtedly, cash into building and driving performance cars. I don’t care if you slap on wheels, lower it, and call it a day, or if you fuss over every last bolt, seeking some form of unattainable perfection, I sincerely hope that you’re getting the maximum enjoyment. One thing I don’t think helps this is the current obsession with massive power, which is becoming the accepted norm. Like some form of bad drug addiction, the fun soon wears off when all you’re chasing is the fix, lost in the numbers…

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nz performance car

EDITOR Marcus Gibson, marcus@performancecar.co.nz ASSISTANT EDITOR Jaden Martin, jaden@performancecar.co.nz SUBEDITORS Richard Adams-Blackburn, Karen Alexander PROOFREADER Odelia Schaare SENIOR DESIGNER Mark Gibson DESIGNER Danielle Williams STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Adam Croy CONTENT MANAGER Helen Adams-Blackburn ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Renae Fisher CONTRIBUTORS Richard Opie, Aaron Mai, René Vermeer, Keegan Clarke-Latham, Ryan Van Pelt, Danny Wood, Arie Stokes, Brodie Geerling PUBLISHER Greg Vincent, greg.vincent@parkside.co.nz BUSINESS DIRECTOR Michael White, michael.white@parkside.co.nz GENERAL MANAGER Simon Holloway, simon.holloway@parkside.co.nz MEDIA SALES Mark Everleigh, mark.everleigh@parkside.co.nz DATA ANALYST Isobel Woudberg…

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beyond thunderdome

The future is electric. It is; there’s no denying the inevitable: the future of the automotive industry is electric. With massive pushes from governments and sanctioning bodies towards cleaner, renewable resources in recent years, there is only one way for the automotive industry to go — and it’s been headed there for some time now. Just take a look at how much infrastructure has already been set up to support charging on the go, and the number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid cars swarming the roads. You don’t need to agree with it, or even like it, but there’s no denying that it’s happening and that our petroleum-based fleet is on the decline. For your average commuter, one who simply wants to sip their morning latte while pushing the…

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superlap winners

Wrapping up the 2018–’19 season of the country’s premiere Time Attack series, NZ Superlap has announced the final results, and it’s time to crown a new set of champions. With the rankings determined by the highest four results for each driver from the five rounds, the Pro Open class was dominated by Tony Satherley in the 666 Evo, while Brady Wild made a clean sweep of the Pro Street class in the billet-engined V11 STi. New series records were set in the Street class, with the titles of Street King and Street 4WD Champion awarded to Andy Brooking in the R32 Skyline — organizers stated that Andy “smashed it out of the park this season, even finding the time to add a cage [to his car] mid season” and reset the…

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three decades of rollers for dtm

Back in 1989, the Tordoff brothers, Brendon and Mark, took their passion for the automotive industry and turned it into one of the biggest wheel and tyre dealer networks in the country. Now, 30 years later, we have a lot to thank DTM Wheel & Tyre for, having pioneered many of the most popular brands and styles over the last three decades. They continue to push the boundaries of what is currently on offer to ensure the scene never becomes stagnant. In the ’80s, there weren’t many size, design, or finish options for wheels that were manufactured in New Zealand, so Brendon and Mark turned to the overseas market. “We travelled around the world to find the best. Japan was big on aftermarket wheels. They were expensive back then. We’d buy…

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toyota’s heritage parts programme

With the Japanese launch of the latest generation Toyota Supra going down in May and the New Zealand counterpart only just around the corner, Toyota has even more promising news for Supra fans: the company will soon put parts for the A70 (Mk3) and A80 (Mk4) back into production. Revealed by Shigeki Tomoyama, head of Gazoo Racing (GR) and an A80 owner himself, the GR Heritage Parts Project joins efforts made by Nissan, Mazda, and Honda to preserve popular, ageing models. “We cannot answer about specific parts at this time, but we will make every effort to meet the expectations of owners,” Tomoyama said. “All horses that were once a means of transportation have been replaced by cars, but racehorses remain. There are people all over the world who love horses.…