News: Falcon XR8 and XR6 revealed

  The new Falcon XR8 The new Falcon XR8 was revealed on Friday as well as the first official image …full story

Posted by Lara Wyatt on July 28th, 2014

News: Small package: 1964 Ford Cortina Mk1

Whoever wrote the saying ‘good things come in small packages’ must have been talking about Keith Millar’s pint-sized and overpowered …full story

Posted by Lara Wyatt on July 25th, 2014

Race To The Sky to return?

July 24th, 2014 by NZV8

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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.

Need for Speed in-stores today

July 23rd, 2014 by NZV8

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.

Get out and pick up a copy from one of these retailers: The WarehouseJB Hi-FiCountdownMighty Ape, or check out needforspeed for more information.

 

 

Hardcore: 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core

July 22nd, 2014 by NZV8

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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 …

 

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2015 Ford Mustang released

July 22nd, 2014 by NZV8

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Source: Ford Motor Company

Fifty years ago Mustang made its debut, and now the 2015 Ford Mustang has just been unveiled.

The new Mustang gives you the choice of three engines; either a standard 300hp V6, anew 310hp EcoBoost, or get an upgraded 435hp V8. You can choose either a manual or automatic transmission — pretty much allowing you to mix and match whichever features you want to get yourself the perfect combination for your driving style and needs.

With the new addition of a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine (which was specifically designed for Mustang), turbocharging has now been brought to the Mustang powertrain line-up. The EcoBoost engine allowed for optimized breathing and a higher output  while it produces 310hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. This gives it the highest power density yet from any Ford engine. Read the full story »

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

July 21st, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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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

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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 »

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