With round one of the BNT V8SuperTourer 2014 Endurance Series creeping up fast, V8SuperTourer driver Richard Moore is teaming up …full story
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This November at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park the first ever V8 Festival will be launched and it will be an official round of the Hankook Super Series.
Hampton Downs has come together with V8 SuperTourers to create this new event which TR Group has taken on sponsorship for. The TR Group V8 Festival is being headlined by the BNT V8 SuperTourers’ Waikato 400 and will take place over the weekend of November 1–2, 2014.
Not only is the Waikato 400 round something to look forward to as part of the event, but there will be the UDC V8 utes, central muscle cars, NZV8 touring cars, GT1 and GT2, NZGT, and Formula Libre single seaters and sportscars.
The new Falcon XR8
The new Falcon XR8 was revealed on Friday as well as the first official image of the refreshed XR6 sedan.
The XR8 shows off Ford’s new global design DNA with features including a trapezoidal grille, chiseled head lamp treatment and smoother, wrap-around tail lamps with LED technology. These additions and new designs showcase what to expect from the new and refreshed Falcon range.
Whoever wrote the saying ‘good things come in small packages’ must have been talking about Keith Millar’s pint-sized and overpowered Ford Cortina
Many people look back at their first car with fond memories and regret selling their once-treasured possession. It’s probably the freedom that comes with owning a vehicle, combined with youthful exuberance, that makes us forget over time that the first car we owned was most likely, in all reality, a real shitbox.
Keith Millar’s first car, a Mk1 Cortina four-door, must have been something special, because unlike most of us, who upgrade as soon as we can afford to, he held onto it. For years he dreamed of a V8-powered project, until he ran out of storage space and the car really had to go.
Ten years after the Race To The Sky last took place at Cardrona the team behind Highlands Motorsport Park are trying to bring the event back. With the gravel road starting at 1060 meters the hill climbs through 126 turns over 13.5 km to reach the finish at 1980 meters, taking the best about 9 minutes to complete.
If the event were to return it would become the longest gravel hillclimb in the world with Pike’s Peak being sealed, giving it huge international appeal. The reigning champion and record holder Japan’s Monster Tajima, has already indicated his desire to return to defend the title, as well as a raft of Kiwi and International interest.
At present it is a process of researching and analysing the viability of running this event again, a process that involves a lot of small steps to make sure everything is in place, from the neighbours to the Black Billed Gulls mating session, so far all has come together well and an announcement is expected sometime within the next few months. We’ll keep you posted.
Today’s the day! Need for Speed drops today on DVD and Blu-Ray. The movie has plenty of action footage with main character Tobey Marshall driving cross country with a wide range of amazing supercars featured, from Koenigseggs toMaclarens to Saleen.
Here’s a bit more of what to expect from this film that’ll take pride of place in your DVD collection:
Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), runs his family’s auto shop and races the underground street circuit with his buddies on weekends. His whole world is turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he spends two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. While questioning the morals to which he has always adhered, he is nevertheless determined to bring down his enemies … no matter what the cost. Based on the ever-popular car-racing video-game franchise, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting while bringing a level of intensity and authenticity to the action on-screen.
While it’s priced to be the entry-level SRT8, there’s nothing entry-level about the Core, especially not its performance!
The most desirable American muscle cars today are generally those with maximum power and minimal accessories. So it seems odd then that the Core version of the Chrysler 300 SRT8 was actually an Australian initiative. However, it was one so good that Chrysler America have taken it on board as well.
At $74,990, as opposed to the standard-spec 300 SRT8’s $87,990, there’s a saving of $13,000. While that’s a big difference in price, it certainly doesn’t feel like $13,000-less car.
The easiest way to explain it is that the Core is missing the things that you don’t realize are missing unless you’re driving something later and greater. Items such as forward crash alert, side blind zone alert, rear vision camera, adaptive cruise control and sat nav aren’t part of the package, but the reality is most of us already live without these items anyway. The difference you do notice is the change from leather seats to cloth, and a reduction from the SRT8’s 19 speakers, to a mere six … or two more than most people are used to. Oh, the agony …