News: Hardcore: 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core

  While it’s priced to be the entry-level SRT8, there’s nothing entry-level about the Core, especially not its performance! The …full story

Posted by Lara Wyatt on July 22nd, 2014

News: 2015 Ford Mustang released

Source: Ford Motor Company Fifty years ago Mustang made its debut, and now the 2015 Ford Mustang has just been …full story

Posted by Lara Wyatt on July 22nd, 2014

Mahindra North Island Endurance prize pool swells to more than $17,000

July 21st, 2014 by Lara Wyatt



Source: Mahindra North Island Endurance Series

The third and final round of the Mahindra North Island Endurance Series will be taking place at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park this weekend and the prize pool has hiked right up to $17,335 in value.

The remainder of the prizes in this pool will be awarded after the racing in the Mahindra Six Hours of Hampton Downs. Around $15,000 worth of prizes will be given out during this evening alone.

Making up the whopping $17,000 includes $8500 worth of trophies for series and class winners as well as placed competitors, $4800 in vouchers, a race suit worth around $650, a $500 in-car camera, a $100 print awarded to a team, and other spot prizes up to around $500 in value.

The final round of the Endurance Series will be kicked off with test sessions on Friday, July 25 and the following day will be filled with racing with the prize-giving function commencing at 7pm.


Part one: Who Is Camp Stanley?

July 18th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt


Founding father of the ‘Wild Bunch’, Godfather of Pro Modified, and outrageous character — the US’s Arthur Camp Stanley the Third needs no introduction to many New Zealand drag racers

It seems forever ago — sometime in 1988 — that I was sitting in my home town Wanganui, just before my move to the big smoke of Auckland, reading the latest edition of American Super Stock & Drag Illustrated magazine, captivated by an article entitled ‘The Making of Flight 699’ — an amazing story that recorded in detail the seemingly unbelievable feat of a supercharged sedan breaking the seven-second barrier at Atco Raceway in the US, and running the world’s first six-second doorslammer pass at over 200mph.

I was mesmerized; here in New Zealand in early 1988, no one had even thought of putting a top alcohol racing engine into a sedan. Top alcohol dragsters and funny cars were running sevens (some Kiwi alcohol dragster teams were only just dipping into the sevens that year), and the only car in New Zealand running six-second passes was Garth Hogan’s top fuel dragster. So, to read about a full-bodied Nissan 300ZX sedan fitted with a supercharged, all-steel, big block Chevy engine doing what our top alcohol cars couldn’t do with all-aluminium Keith Black racing engines really got my attention.  Read the full story »

Need for Speed on Blu-Ray or DVD soon

July 16th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

For all fans of the Need For Speed franchise, the new Need For Speed movie comes out on Blu-Rayand DVD on July 23.

You may know the video game inside and out, but now you can watch the movie over and over from your own living room. The storyline follows Tobey Marshall, played by Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad, on his mission for revenge. He hits the road with the world’s most exotic supercars in a high-octane race across America, delivering real speed, danger, and action.

With no CGI used and plenty of supercar action, we urge you to pick up a copy from either The WarehouseJB Hi-FiCountdownMighty Ape, or check out needforspeed for more information.

Check out the trailer below:

Sophisticated savage: 2013 HSV GTS

July 15th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt


Does the 430-kilowatt Gen-F HSV GTS live up to the hype surrounding it? Back in Issue No. 104 we were lucky enough to find out first-hand

The latest VF Commodores are hands down the most advanced production cars ever to come out of Australia. Ask anyone who’s driven one and they’ll tell you they’ve been impressed, even with the base models. So logic would dictate that the Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) GTS, the highest-specced VF-based vehicle available, would be something pretty damn special … and it is! The funny thing is that some people still can’t shake the ‘it’s just a Commodore’ or ‘it’s just an Aussie car’ mentality, and instantly write it off. However, all that those people are doing is proving their own ignorance, as the GTS (and the rest of the HSV range for that matter) is far from being ‘just a Commodore’.

With a retail price of $125,290 (auto) and $122,990 (manual), they’re not a cheap car. But what you get for your money makes them a very competitive offering, especially when the competition will set you back no less than twice as much! Read the full story »

Subscribe to NZV8 and head to Chrome Expression Session

July 14th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt


Chrome Expression Session 2014 is fast approaching with the dates set for August 9 and 10 at Hampton Downs.

If you’re keen to get there and check out the action, all you have to do is subscribe to NZV8 magazine now and you’ll be able to go for free. Read the full story »

Andre Heimgartner on Townsville 400

July 12th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

Andre Heimgartner

The annual V8 Supercars Townsville 400 is over for another year and to wrap up the event we’ve received a run down from Kiwi driver Andre Heimgartner who came second overall during the weekend.

Here’s what he had to say about his experience and the weekend that was the Townsville 400:

My third time racing at Townsville, which is a regional city of 200,000 people in Northern Queensland. Called a garrison town it is proud of its military presence. Nice winter weather, short sleeves and warm.

This is one of my favourite street circuits built in and around Reid Park in the middle of town. A concrete jungle where you find yourself racing towards concrete barriers at speeds of up to 260kph. It’s a clockwise track with 13 corners, three being acute angles including a first gear hairpin. Oddly for a street circuit it has one of the longest straights on Oz. Also unlike many street circuits there are several good public vantage points. Read the full story »

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