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NZ Performance Car No 280 April 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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New Zealand
Parkside Media
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
scratch that up to learning

Mechanical constant-flow injection, ECU configuration, Honda K20s, dry sumps, and direct drive. In 2019 when I decided to build a K20-powered F2 midget, I knew the challenge I was setting myself was large, having never even dipped my toes into any of the above. But blind ambition is something I foolishly never lack. I pushed forward and built my first piston motor, built the injection, designed the dry sump setup, wired up the ECU, and pieced together the car from a bare frame with the mindset of learning how they work. In early December we tried to kick it in the guts, a process that is not as simple as flicking a switch — you have to push start the damn thing every time. At that point, the speedway season…

2 min.
everyone loves a hoarder

I’m either well outside of the loop on where everyone is slanging their parts these days, or there’s a drought plaguing this country and we’re all feeling the effects. Parts are getting harder and harder to find, especially for the really in-demand stuff. If it’s not general wear and tear, breakages, or rust drying up the pool, then it’s collectors and hoarders stockpiling the good stuff for their own use. It only takes a quick scan of the local marketplaces to see that there’s less available and finding once-plentiful componentry is now more akin to prospecting for gold. You’ve got to dig through a whole lot of dirt to find what you need. But it’s these aforementioned hoarders that I’ve grown to appreciate, most of who have been quietly putting away…

1 min.
bhamji aims for eights

Import drag racing stalwart Azhar Bhamji has taken aim at running mid eights with his street legal Mazda R100 and has commissioned a fresh engine build in-house at Dynamic Automotive to get there. Based around a Billet by Pac plates, the 13B semi-pp is a brand-new package that makes use of a Garrett GTX45 strapped to the side. A Haltech ECU now handles engine management with the Pac boys flying over to tune and help setup the car. With his current PB right on the edge of the bracket, having run a 9.01 @ 244kph (152mph), Azhar may have already dipped into the eights by the time you read this. Keep an eye on the NZ Performance Car Facebook page for updates.…

1 min.
msnz launches digital motorsport championship

One of our national motorsport governing bodies, MotorSport New Zealand, has announced that it will join the world of e-sports with the launch of its official Digital Motor Sport Championship in 2020. The announcement comes after the international governing body of the sport, the FIA, recognised e-sports back in 2018, and it has quickly become one of its fastest-growing disciplines worldwide. The local championship will join the ranks of international competitions already in place, such as the FIA GT World Tour, which sees the best digital racers from around the globe compete in a sanctioned FIA series. MotorSport New Zealand’s competitions manager, Elton Goonan, who sits on the FIA’s Digital Motor Sport Working Group, says he is excited to see the initiative start in New Zealand. “We want to make motorsport as accessible…

1 min.
mazda turns 100

It may not get a letter from the queen, but automaker Mazda celebrated its 100th anniversary in typical Japanese style with an understated gathering at its headquarters in Hiroshima. Adorning the lobby were two cars from Mazda’s past and two from the present, alongside hundreds of white moth orchids. The flower is a traditional Japanese gift in business celebrations, usually to commemorate the establishment of a company or when a milestone is reached. It’s a carry-over from the ’80s bubble era that became popular as the flowers grow in the same shape and size year round. The practice is so ingrained in the country’s business culture that people joke that the health of the economy can be measured by white moth orchid sales. The orchids were donated by companies and people wishing…

1 min.
fanga dan claims d1nz round two

Round two of the national drifting series — the Valvoline D1NZ National Drifting Championship — at Pukekohe Park Raceway boiled down to a Whangarei-local battle for supremacy between series favourite Daniel ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse and fast charger Liam Burke. A former crew member for Fanga, Liam was forced to skip the Teretonga round due to being amidst a complete rebuild, and came to Puke chasing valuable championship points. Knocking Troy Jenkins out in the Top 16 and bettering P1 qualifier Michael Thorley in the Top 8, Liam would progress against Bruce Tannock in the Top 4 to set up the iconic Whangarei v Whangarei battle. On the other side of the tree, Fanga was put through his paces by Ben Jenkins in the Top 8 after being given a by in the…