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NZ Performance Car No 281 May 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
hold fast

Damn it’s crazy how much life has changed from one magazine to the next. From everything moving forward, business as usual with plans being put in place to attend and cover events, trips booked, and shoots organized, to the handbrake being pulled on damn near everything and every single one of us now furiously washing our hands and social distancing to avoid any unnecessary contact with our fellow human beings, while trying to avoid the invisible bastard. It goes without saying the next few months — at least — are going to be unlike anything any of us has faced before. This is so fast moving that the status quo as I write this will not be the status quo when you read it. I, for one, am somewhat worried about the…

2 min
going the distance

Man, the world is a crazy place right now. The global event calendar has all but dried up and people are one step below looting shop fronts. In these uncertain times, I want to stress the importance of not panicking and of taking the situation for what it is. Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it’s affecting most aspects of life right now. But we must remember this will blow over in time and measures are in place to ensure that it happens with minimal repercussions on the other side. In the meantime, let’s find pastimes that practice good social distancing and prevent the spread through physical contact. Did I hear someone say gaming? It’s wildly timely that before this whole virus thing started really kicking off here I’d been brewing up a…

1 min
covid-19 and the future of motorsport

By now we have no reason to beat around the bush. Most, if not all, motorsport events here and around the world have been cancelled or postponed to unknown dates. The risk of mass gatherings has become too high and the powers that be (governmental and mandating-body levels) have declared that no event with more than 100 people can proceed. MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) issued an update in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic stating that, as of 16 March, it was placing a maximum limit of 500 people at all events. It later suspended all events under MSNZ jurisdiction for a period of two months. With the travel restrictions and potential losses associated with a possible nationwide lockdown, it’s hard to blame event organizers for not taking the gamble. While we’re…

1 min
tcr announced as nz touring car championship

MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) dropped a bombshell when it recently announced that the long-running BNT V8 series was getting the boot and TCR NZ was being brought in to replace it for the 2020–’21 season. The outgoing series has been awarded the title of New Zealand Touring Car Championship every year since 1996 and has seen a number of top-tier drivers come up through its ranks. However, MSNZ competitions manager Elton Goonan believes that TCR better reflects what local vehicle distributors are selling, which increases the potential for support from them — a reference to the current Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore nameplates that make up the grid no longer being produced. “Confirming that TCR NZ will compete for the New Zealand Touring Car Championship title is a big piece of the…

1 min
supercars launches esport series

While fans of the Supercars championship reel at the news the series has been postponed in Tasmania, New Zealand, and Perth due to concerns over COVID-19, Supercars has come up with a solution to fill in the void: it’s launching an e-sport series. Supercars CEO Sean Seamer confirmed plans for the series, which will feature the full cast of real-life Supercars drivers. Inspiration was undoubtedly derived from the The Race All-Star Esports Battle, which saw Formula 1, IndyCar, and Formula E stars take to virtual tarmac after their respective championships were postponed. The Esport Series aims to offer fans the action they were expecting during a period of global motorsport uncertainty, with almost all of the major series around the world cancelled or postponed. It will use the iRacing platform, featured in…

1 min
nick cassidy sets new formula e record on rookie test

Testing for the Envision Virgin Formula E team, Nick Cassidy topped the field at Marrakech and claimed the lap record for his efforts. His 1min 16.467s lap during the afternoon session was the first-ever sub–1min 17s lap of the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan circuit. The record was previously held by Dragon Formula E driver Nico Muller, who claimed it in his own 2018 rookie test. The lap saw Cassidy half a second clear of his nearest rival. In terms of overall timings, Venturi completed the most laps (184), with Arthur Leclerc at the helm.…