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Wednesday
Dec152010

Revspeed Super Battle 2010 Tsukuba Japan.

For many years this event has been a highlight on the tuning scene calendar in Japan and now with the advent of the internet the whole world spends all year waiting for the first week in December to come around when Revspeed magazine run their annual Super battle at the traditional home of time attack racing Tsukuba Circuit in Japan.

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Tuesday
Nov302010

Real or Fake? Are you REALLY getting what you are paying for?

By making it easier to buy we also made it easier for the fraudsters

In recent years we have seen a huge shift in the way people do business not only in the automotive sector but with everything from clothes to furniture to collectables to real estate. The way that things happen in this generation is online. This method certainly has its advantages with little or no face to face contact, ease of shopping from your bedroom and with online auction sites like Ebay the chance to really grab a bargain and pay for it by a secure agent such as PayPal that minimises the risk of fraud by providing a “guarantee” to both parties. From the sellers perspective it also opens up doors for people to start small businesses without the huge expense of a “real” shopfront. But with this new method of also comes a channel for “the not so honest” to ply their trade and normally by the time you realise that you have been “had” it is all too late and the seller is long gone with a new bank account and a new business name or seller ID on Ebay. What I am talking about here is people selling “fake” brand name products. The worst affected of these products appears to be the most popular brands such as HKS, Greddy, Tomei, SARD and the like but the fake products are by no means restricted to these as we certainly are also aware of fake versions of Tial waste gates ,also Turbosmart manual boost controllers and many of the brand name Japanese wheels.

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Monday
Nov292010

Gaz Whiter Team Tectaloy Drift

I have got to admit the quality of the New Zealand drift cars in D1 has really blown me away. They are certainly as good as anything you will find anywhere in the world with many packing big corporate sponsors and professional builds with big horsepower engines and racing transmissions.There are quite a few standout cars in the field with Mad Mike Whiddet in the crazy Red Bull backed 600+ hp quad rotor RX7 that brings the crowd to its feet every time it hits the track a definite crowd favourite. Another car that really stood out was the car that, against all the odds, won the round despite some very hefty competition and that was Gaz Whiter and his Tectaloy drift S14 Silvia.

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Monday
Nov292010

D1 New Zealand round 2 report Jake Jones

Well the second round of D1 New Zealand has been run and won and sadly for Jake and the team it was not to be. With the new GT35R turbo fitted and set up to run on the lean mean E85 fuel, the Onevia produced an amazing 475rwkw on the Spec Performance dyno before lowering the boost pressure to achieve just under 450rwkw. Whilst this may seem excessive it is the sort of power the big guys run over in NZ with big flowing tracks to suit.

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Wednesday
Nov242010

Jake Jones D1 New Zealand Round 2 Manfield

This weekend we will be travelling with Jake Jones for round 2 of D1 New Zealand.

After some mechanical issues in the first round and a misunderstanding of the NZ rules that caused Jake to miss the top 16, he is confident he will back in the groove for round two in the Hi Octane Direct backed Onevia. And just to be sure the RB26 has been upgraded to run on E85 fuel, fitted with a larger GT35 turbocharger, a Ross race series balancer and a Haltech Platinum ECU and is now packing a much bigger punch thanks to Jon and the guys at Spec Performance in Christchurch. Coming away from the first round it was clearly apparent that these New Zealand cars all pack a much bigger punch than what we are used to seeing in Australia and with some seriously fast flowing tracks on the North Island in the latter half of the championship it was clear that the only way to keep up with these Kiwi cars was with more horsepower and the power figure is now a lot closer to 400rwkw is needed to compete at the pointy end.

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