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Monthly Archives: September 2012
over at Zen Garage are collabarating with the Toymods Car Club to host a little get together. Their Leichhardt shopfront (7/99 Moore street) will be filled with cool Toyotas from the different eras.
There will also be a BBQ on, give aways plus a Forza Racing competition with prizes (naturally!)
Come past and check out the sweet rides on the day.
GAS Motorsport is the new KING of the import racing world. The guys
ran a new sport compact world record of 6.30/227mph before backing up with a 6.26/230mph blast from their Toyota 2JZ turbo Celica at Willowbank Raceway at the 2012 Jamboree.
You occasionally hear of the odd old mate installing a wild small block with a hefty 8/71 into something cool. But rarely do you hear the terms 16/71 and 632 cubes in the same
sentence. To us metric folk, that’s 10.3 liters of supercharged grunt.
Steve Nogas’ really wanted to build a shop-stopping burnout machine, which is certainly what he achieved. Being able to reveal the car to plenty of eager fans at MotorEx was a dream come true however. The self-employed businessman has been a part of the car scene for years and unveiling at MotorEx iced the cake for him.
Intricate details have gone into the build in order to truly set it apart from run-of-the-mill cars. For starters, Steve converted the car to right-hook as he wanted it to look ‘proper’. Rolling stock comes courtesy of 24 inches of matte black goodness, which really sets of the 3M Vinyl Wrap. MotorActive jumped onboard and discussed the vinyl wrapping idea with Steve, which he was all for. “We wanted to do something different with the car,” adds Steve.
With 1750 horsepower on tap, Steve openly admits he’s too scared to drag it. If anyone steps up to the plate, we’re sure Steve would love to see what it’s capable of. Until then, He plans on touring Australia with the car and entering as many burnout competitions as he can – hopefully earning plenty of silverware along the way.
Whoever said the car scene is fading in Australia was wrong – with builds like this popping up, it seems that people are genuinely keen on building cars of worldwide caliber.
Check out www.motoractive.com.au for details on vinyl wrapping and other related products!
Details are scarce, but check out the cover out the latest issue of Auto Action.
The likes of Holden and Ford will have more than
Nissan to complete with. We’re hoping that these Merc race cars will come with AMG V8s. Now, that’ll be a noise to tune into!
We will be updating this post as soon as further information follows. Keep an eye out.
We came across this lovely clip of someone piloting a Alfa Romeo GTAm around Spa.
The combination of a grid-start and his steering abilities make for
an interesting watch. Also keep an eye out for the 911 which doesn’t end up in a good way…
Some cars were built to last. Even just by looking at them you will get a sense of stability that can only be enhanced by the driving experience. Toyota Hilux is one of these vehicles: not only this versatile pickup can endure the trickiest of dirt roads, but it has also resisted the passing of time and boasts a history going all the way back to 1968.
Strength and reliability are all that brought Hilux through so many phases of the car market: the most recent seventh generation, whose production started in 2005, is bigger than the previous ones and is built around a diverse range of diesel and gasoline engines. Models commercialised in Australia from 2005 include the 2.7L Gasoline with 119 kW and 160 horsepower, the 3.0L Turbodiesel D-4D with 162 horsepower, the 4.0L gasoline VVT-I with 228 horsepower and, finally, the mightier 4.0L Supercharged 225 kW with 302 horsepower, an Australian exclusive introduced in 2008.
Based around the 2005 models, the latest 2011 upgrade relies on a completely
renovated design which also includes new bumper, taillights and three-bar grille. The interiors for this model are also more polished and the improved level of details adds a touch of quality to a pick-up that was, up until this version, renown more for its resistance rather than its looks.
Hilux’s attitude has also evolved with the latest upgrade, which has introduced a driving experience more similar to that of a SUV, mainly thanks to a few techie touches such as a parking camera and light controls and a different driver position. For this most recent reincarnation, the 3.0-litre diesel with automatic transmission is the best in terms of fuel consumption (32.8 mpg), while if you’re looking for performance you will more likely resort to the stronger six-cylinder 175 kW petrol engine with 343 Nm of maximum torque.
With so many options now on the market of new and used cars and a history as long, Hilux is certainly one of the most reliable and affordable options for your work days spent on the road and family weekends alike.
Pictures and specs do this thing enough justice. Originally a 5.6, the engine will have to be de-stroked in order to meet the 5000CC engine capacity limit. Nissan look to be a decent competitor in the V8 supercars!
Block: Nissan VK56 – Cast Aluminium 90 degree V8
Heads: Nissan VK56 – Quad Cam, four valve per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 102.69 mm x 75.31 mm
Induction: Naturally aspirated, individual runner
Liners: Dry Cast Iron
Valve Train: Chain driven quad cam
with direct acting DLC coated bucket followers
Ignition: Direct fire coil on plug
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Maximum RPM: 7500
Camshafts: Piper Cams
Timing Drive Components: Nissan/NISMO/Albins
Rings: Total Seal
Valves: Del West
Valve Springs: Performance Springs International
Ignition System: Nissan
Engine Management: MoTeC
Water Pump: Nissan Motorsport
Oil Pump: Dailey
Inlet Manifold: Nissan Motorsport
Exhaust: Nissan Motorsport
We came across this compelling story, and it was too good not to share.
I mean, who in their right mind buries a super-rare Ferrari Dino? Dino’s are not really considered ‘rare’, but this example certainly has a few factory additions that make it that extra bit special.
What’s more amazing is
that the car was restored (in the 70s!) and still exists today. Well, the owner got in touch with motoring blog Jalopnik after the above image was posted to their site. And so the story goes on….