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TURBO ALTEZZA ’91 BATHURST R32
DARREN KELLY’S R35 GT-R DRIFTER UNLEASHED
Darren Kelly’s long-awaited R35 build is complete. From the 550kW RB30 to the TTi sequential and Winters Quick Change diff, this car is ready to take scalps in the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship. But it’s about more than just some big-ticket items — the team at TTT Auto Engineering has carried out some top fabrication work on the build, including the rad rear-mounted radiator set-up, and you can be one of the first to take a technical tour of the car.
Dragged from a paddock where it was left to rot, Steve Ellicott’s Mazda 808 has had no bolt left unturned during its transformation into a tyre-killer. The 13B turbo–powered wagon features a swag of chassis modifications to allow a superlow ride height and lots of lock for swinging on the burnout pad. This is one of the country’s toughest skid machines, with a tech roster to get anyone drooling.
042 042 WORLD TIME ATTACK CHALLENGE
If you wanted to see the fastest semi-slick-shod tin-tops on the planet all in one place, you should have been at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend of October 15-16 for the World Time Attack Challenge. If you missed it, don’t worry, we have all the best action from the event, including the International Drift Challenge.
070 CONTENTS 054 IN THE BEGINNING
This issue marks New Zealand Performance Car ’s 20th birthday! Want to see where everything started? We wind the clock back to ’96 to peruse what the mag looked like and which cars were considered magazine quality. You might even spot a few familiar faces that are still around today.
058 CL AUTO TURNING A DREAM INTO REALITY
Remember the CL Auto Dream Wrap competition that ran through Facebook a few months back? Well, now it’s time to see the winning car in the metal and admire how Jonny from The SignLab turned the concept for Matt Brown’s Supra into reality. We follow the entire process as Jonny lays down the law when it comes to what practices a good installer should use.
070 THE LITTLE GENERAL
Few things in life will bring you the joy that having a good power-to-weight ratio does. For Kasey and his sub-1000kg Toyota KE20, having 302kW of VVT-i and a turboed SR20 under the hood delivers that. But this is no hard-core racer; it’s a street car through and through, though one in which you probably don’t want to line up for a lazy Sunday blast through the Wellington hills.
076 THE LEGEND REBORN
There are very few cars in the motor sport history books that have enjoyed this level of success, from winning all 29 of its Japanese Touring Car Championship races, to claiming King of the Mountain at Mount Panorama two years running. We get up close and personal with the GT-R that gave birth to the name ‘Godzilla’ — the Group A R32 GT-R.
082 SPECIAL BUILD — HAYABUSA SWIFT
Some people like to do things differently — fitting some abnormally large wheels on a Vitz or running an upside-down spoiler bozo style, for instance — but, for Edward Porter, it was chucking a Hayabusa engine into a Swift and kitting it out with all sorts of serious hardware. Check out the insanity mid build.
096 BEAMS ME UP, SCOTTY
When building a high-powered Toyota Altezza, Trent Goodwin didn’t take the easy route and jam in a much-loved JZ; instead, he stuck it out with 3S-GE power! Now with a fully forged engine and enough boost pushing through the Garrett turbo to produce 330kW at the rears, it will hold its own against any six-cylinder-swapped equivalent.
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008 EDITORIAL 010 ED TEAM CHATTER 012 NEWS 020 THE MOTORHOOD 024 CASTROL EDGE PCOTY 048 SUBSCRIBE AND RECEIVE 066 CANY CUSTOMS HARDPARK 084 DEMON BABE HUNT 088 LAID OUT AT THE LAKE 092 WEEKEND WARRIOR 104 CRUISE MODE 106 NEW PRODUCTS 110 DAILY DRIVEN 112 UNDER CONSTRUCTION 114 GIG GUIDE 116 DRAG TIMES 118 TRADE DIRECTORY 120 WHAT’S COMING NEXT MONTH
Darren will be able to fine-tune the R35 to any track or any track conditions with the Winters Quick Change IRS diff centre. Two gears in a separate casing on the rear can be swapped within minutes without the need to drain all the oil — only a small amount. These are hugely popular in Formula Drift had to develop his own steering kit — a process that can be extremely frustrating for a drifter, as we have seen in the past. He also kept it simple when he made the call to stick with an RB power plant instead of jumping deep down the rabbit hole in an attempt to develop a VR38DETT. “We would have liked to build and develop the VR,” Darren said, “but the fact [that] it’s very uncommonly drifted; we didn’t want to add the complexity to the project of having to go through the trial and error with that. We know the RB — it’s proven, it’s reliable, and we have done well with it before. The chassis was/is going to be hard enough to dial in, but adding to that a new engine would have put us back at square one.” To get the build moving along as quickly as possible, the engine currently sitting in the hole actually belongs to the R34. It’s the engine he used last season, with an RB26 head, a forged RB30 bottom end, and a few new pieces bolted to the side, like the Ross Performance dry-sump system. On this, he explained: “I have always wanted to go to a dry-sump system with the RB. Not only does it give you consistent oil pressure, but it will [also] fix the breathing issue you get with an RB when revving it over 8000rpm. The other side of it is the fact [that] you have removed all that positive sump pressure, so it should allow the motor to work easier, giving us some small power gains from the change.” The engine is not likely to be in the hole very long, however, as Darren is collecting everything that he needs to build his ultimate version of an RB — a 3.2 stroker, which he hopes to put together over his Christmas holidays. It will also see the current Garret 35/82R upgraded to a larger unit, and the cams will change — probably to a 272/272 Franklin set. But this will be something the team needs to work through with tuner Glen Suckling, from GDS Automotive, to ensure power is made down low where it’s needed. It’s simply part of that tweaking Darren is itching to get on with. He is eager to see how the new rear end coupled with the TTi six-speed sequential will transform the driveability of the RB package. The switch to the sequential was one that’s been a dream of
9 JANES JUST LIKE ‘1996
The Holden Rodeo diff has been shortened 200mm to squeeze the 15x10-inch Simmons under the rear guards. The rear tubs and floor were sectioned, effectively mini tubbing the guards. It’s the only bit of stock floorpan left in the car — albeit modified
DRIVELINE GEARBOX: Richmond five-speed CLUTCH: Direct Clutch Services twin-plate FLYWHEEL: 5kg billet-steel DIFF: Modified Holden Rodeo, full spool centre, 4.3-ratio, custom driveshaft with billet yoke
SUPPORT STRUTS: (F) FC RX-7 BC Red coilovers, (R) QA1 double adjustable coilovers BRAKES: (F) FD RX-7 calipers, FC RX-7 rotors; (R) Toyota Altezza calipers and rotors; Wilwood hydraulic handbrake EXTRA: C-notched rear frame rails, mini tubbed, narrowed front rails, ladder-bar rear links, C’s Garage knuckles, 322 lower arms
DRIVER PROFILE DRIVER/OWNER: Steve Ellicott AGE: Younger than he looks LOCATION: South Auckland OCCUPATION: Builder BUILD TIME: Three years LENGTH OF OWNERSHIP: Four years
SHOES WHEELS: (F) 15x8.5-inch Simmons FR15, (R) 15x10-inch Simmons FR15 TYRES: (F) 185/45R15 Falken, (R) 225/50R15 Nitto NT01
On the Green Bothers dyno, the tune was kept safe to ensure that it would handle the abuse it was built for. All-out power was never the goal, and, with 22psi of boost, the 13B made 365kW and revved out to 8000rpm. It’s not making power all the way to the rev limiter, though, so a manifold change is on the cards in the near future. Not that the engine’s not doing the job now, as 20 sets of brand-new tyres down and 15 skid comps deep, the 13B is still going strong. “With E85, it just stays so cool. It idles around 60, and the hottest I have ever got it is maybe 110,” Steve said. “That’s after a two-and-a-half-minute burnout. It’s exactly why I wanted to go E85 from the start. Yeah, it’s more expensive to set up at the start, but it’s worth it in the long run.” The car’s reliability hasn’t gone unnoticed by the V8 burnout guys either. Most of them wonder how the little ‘chicken cooker’ can possibly go round for round the way it does — pop a set of tyres, pull off, bolt on a new set, and line back up ready to rock — hell, we would like to have seen the LS attempt to repeat the performance. But it just goes to show that if a vehicle is engineered for purpose, it can do the job exceptionally well. Steve’s 808 is a well-appointed skid hack — something it makes no apologies for or attempts to cover up — it’s one raucous rotang built not to win shows or break the internet but to kill all tyres, and, for that, we salute it!
THANKS: Everyone who’s helped out on the car or had a beer [while] chewing over ideas to do with it — you all know who you are; Mazin at M&M Racing, for the engine that takes one hell of a beating; Green Brothers, for the tune-up and constant advice with the car; RE-juan at Eccentric Develpoments; Karlos at K-Spec Fabrication; Brock, for the fab work; Brendon at No Cams, for all the tyres it constantly chews through; Grunter, for the paint; Kate, for putting up with the late nights on the car
The Mazda 808 is by no means a big vehicle, so the seating position has been lowered 80mm to give a little headroom
8 JANES JUST LIKE ‘1996
Lotas Club Dream brought along their awesome-looking Mazda RX-7 all the way from Japan. Packing a highly-modified 13B boosted by a GReddy T88 , the team unfortunately spent most of its time working on the car, and rebuilt two engines over the course of the event
THE FESTIVAL OF AWESOME! WORDS: RENÉ VERMEER PHOTOS: RICHARD OPIE, RENÉ VERMEER
he Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge needs no introduction these days. Over the past eight years, Ian Baker and his team have grown it into one of the mustattend car events of the year in our neck of the woods. It includes one of the broadest ranges of entertainment of any festival — thus the nickname, ‘the festival of awesome’. There’s so much action at this event that you need a couple of days to take it all in. Friday is for hardcore enthusiasts who have travelled from all over to see their favourite teams take on the challenge, and Saturday is for those enthusiasts, plus those who want to check out the madness that is this event.
Nobuteru Taniguchi spotted the Sutton brothers’ Nissan Silvia S15 at an earlier WTAC event, and liked what he saw — who wouldn’t? Taniguchi wanted to drive it, though, and pursued the owners. Taniguchi’s goal was to get the Silvia into the 1:20s in Pro class, and that goal was one he smashed, with a best of 1:28.6
Those hard-to-reach places
Big panels such as doors and quarters are easy compared with wrapping something like the Top Secret front bumper found on Matt’s Supra, with its deep recesses. Jonny knew there was absolutely no way he would be able to stretch the film into those places, so patch panels were placed on first. “I look at where the shadow or body line is to hide the join. Also, by putting the patch in first rather than after, when the final piece lays over top, the join edge is facing away from your eye, further hiding it,” he told us. When doing patches like this, a product known as ‘knifeless tape’ is used to get the perfect edge. Basically, it’s a masking tape that is laid under the wrap that cuts through it when pulled off. This ensures no damage to the paint underneath.
Adding in the RAD!
MAKE/MODEL: 1993 Toyota Supra MkIV (SC)
ENGINE: Toyota 1JZ-GTE VVTi, factory turbo, three-inch exhaust, GReddy intercooler, Mines ECU DRIVETRAIN: R154 five-speed, TRD two-way LSD, Exedy six-puk, lightweight flywheel INTERIOR: TRD Bride Zeta III driver seat, Momo fighter wheel, Takata four-point harness EXTERIOR: Top Secret front bumper, Do-Luck side skirts, Origin Labo wing, ABflug carbon bonnet, OEM roof wing WHEELS/TYRES: (F) 18x9.5-inch (12) Work VSKF, 20mm spacer, (R) 18x10-inch (-5) Work Euroline SL SUSPENSION: BC gold coilovers (F) 20kg, (R) 14kg, modified knuckles, Whiteline rear sway bar, rack spacers
Once the entire car was one colour, the graphics could be laid over top. In this case, they were cut using a vinyl cutter, but getting the perfect scale takes a little work — to achieve this, Jonny will take a side-on shot of the car and measure something like the door to get the scale. Then he’ll measure the same part on the concept drawing and calculate a percentage that he will then feed into the cutting program. The base graphic for each side of this car was laid down in one big piece, with subsequent layers applied over top. Once the vinyl goes through the cutter, it then gets covered in application tape and the backing is removed. The application process is then the same as with the 1080 film.
CANY CUSTOMS HARDPARK
WORDS: MARCUS GIBSON PHOTOS: TONY CROSSED
COOL CARS, SERIOUS FITMENT, BANGERS ON THE BBQ, AND A FEW CHEEKY SKIDS — IT MUST BE A CANY CUSTOMS HARDPARK
he names ‘Cany Customs’ and ‘Blake Harper’ have featured a fair bit in the magazine over the past few years, as Blake churns out some wild paint jobs and serious style from his Rangiora workshop. We dig what Cany is doing for the local scene, so, when we were in town shooting for NAC Car Culture, we decided to stop by the shop, where Blake had formed a welcoming party of all the finest machinery he could muster. With the BBQ churning out a few sausages and some seriously dope cars on display, it was good vibes all round. Blake himself showed his pair of super-low S-chassis. It has been a while since we last saw Blake’s personal S15, which you may remember scraped its way across the cover of NZPC Issue No. 232. While the remake wasn’t quite finished (look out for it in Timaru in December), it’s certainly a completely new
Few street cars belong to the 600kW club, but Owen Troybridge’s B4 Legacy is one such machine
GIBSON MOTORSPORT GROUP A NISSAN R32
rn WORDS AND PHOTOS: MARCUS GIBSON, NZPC ARCHIVES
THE LEGENDARY ’91-BATHURST-WINNING GROUP A GT-R IS THE CAR THAT GAVE BIRTH TO THE NAME ‘GODZILLA’
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LAID OUT AT THE LAKE
IF YOU WANT TO SEE LOW, THE BEST PLACE TO GO IS LAID OUT AT THE LAKE WORDS: MARCUS GIBSON PHOTOS: GUY MAXWELL
PHOTOS: JASON GANLEY
1989 Mazda RX-7 (FC) Name: Shay Burkhart Location: New Plymouth Occupation: Mechanical technician Thanks: My partner, Larni; my Parents; and tuner Hayden Woodhead, for all his help