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NZ Performance Car

No 291 August - September 2021

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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1 min
binge at your leisure

By now, you’ll all be well aware that Repco Muscle Garage has returned to Three’s CRC Motorsport on Sundays (hooray!), but what you might not know is that we upload all the episodes to YouTube so you can stream them any time, anywhere. In fact, you’ll also find all previous seasons up there too. Each episode is uploaded the Monday following its TV broadcast. Just search the show’s name, or subscribe to The Motorhood’s YouTube channel, to have it appear in your feed — make sure to click the notifications bell. Thanks once again to our partners Repco, Mount Shop, and Smits Group, which make the filming of the show possible — legends!…

6 min
nz rally championship who’s who?

The 2021 New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC)is once again in full swing, having taken a year off due to the havoc Covid caused in 2020. Five rounds make up this year’s championship, which started off with the Otago Rally in April. The International Rally of Whangarei, South Canterbury Rally, Rally Hawkes Bay, and the Coromandel Rally make up the remaining four rounds. The 2019 championship winner, Ben Hunt, has returned; however, he will have a hard time defending the title, with many top-notch drivers hot on his heels, including Hayden Paddon in the Hyundai i20 AP4, and Jack Hawkeswood and co-driver Sarah Brennan in the Mazda2 AP4. Matt and Nicole Summerfield will be there too, as will Emma Gilmour, who has been impressive in local events. Here are some of…

1 min
nsdw winners

This year’s NZ Performance Car Night Speed Drag Wars (NSDW) went harder than ever, with an evident resurgence in attendance from recent years. The opening night was colossal, followed by an incredibly competitive and regularly busy season of racing. There were plenty of highlight moments, with contestants fighting Auckland traffic to come down, and also coming from locations all round New Zealand to compete in their allocated class. There can only be one winner and one runner up, though, so congratulations to the following drivers for competing and placing where you did. 2020–’21 NZ PERFORMANCE CAR NIGHT SPEED DRAG WARS Class C6 DYO Runner-up: David Sharpe Winner: Jeffrey Delos Reyes Class C5 Motorbikes Runner-up: Jerome De Silva Winner: Jason Finch Class C4 Quick V8 Justin Weir Phil Hunter Class C3 All Motor Mohammed Rahman Ravi/Ronald Prasad Class C2 Turbo 2WD Matthew Lipsham Mazin Shalash Class C1 Turbo…

2 min
tpd honda fit

Jon-Paul Ferguson is well known in the Honda community for a host of Honda-based builds and shenanigans. Now co-owner of Torque Performance Developments (TPD), ‘JP’ — as he’s famously known — continues to push the boundaries of Honda performance and development in New Zealand. What better way to do that than to have your own shop build? In this case, it was a family car that was used to go to the shops, JP tells us. “The GD3 Fit started out as my wife’s car. We always thought it would be a bit of a laugh to build a K24 one. As you know, I have built a lot of K-swapped Hondas, so it seemed like a good idea at the time to put together a little track beater,” he says. It…

1 min
mod 2021 inbound — mitsubishi owners stand up!

Calling all Mitsubishi lovers! Mitsubishi Owners Day (MOD) is back this year, on 18 September, and the Downtime Entertainment and 4&Rotary New Zealand team promise us that it’s going to be bigger than ever, hosted yet again at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. If you’re new to the MOD concept, it’s a Mitsubishi-only day, where Mitsi fans and enthusiasts can come and celebrate, show off, and blow the cobwebs off their chosen Mitsubishi platform. MOD will be run like a normal cruise-style event, with plenty of track time by means of track sessions, gymkhana, roll racing, and everyone’s favourite: cruising. Quite possibly, one of the coolest opportunities you’ll have this year is to be involved in the Andrew Simms NZ Mitsubishi parade world-record attempt. Last year, they were only 38 Mitsubishis short of beating…

3 min
product review

STRAP IN FOR THE RIDE! Strap in tight, there’s a new parts store in town! Zoo Performance NZ specialises in a wide range of performance-related products, including fittings, hoses, oil and fuel systems, manifolds, throttle bodies, RTS G-Force gearboxes, and even Winters Quick Change differentials. It also has a range of its own Zoo Performance NZ products. Introducing the Zoo Performance NZ six-point HANS (head and neck support) and FIA-approved harnesses! These are a German-engineered and ultra-thin with high-tension webbing design, complete with lightweight cam lock. When you’re out on the track, drifting, or grip racing, it’s important you have a harness you can trust and one that’s comfortable — better yet, one that looks damn good. With five different colours and designs to choose from, there will no doubt be a…