NZV8 TV S3 Episode 5 - Powercruise, Holden HQ Kingswood, GP Hydroplaning - Part 1
On this week's show, we get down to the huge Powercruise event held
recently at the Taupo Motorsport Park. We have full coverage of the
Powerskids and all the Off Street Racing. It was an awesome event and it's
no suprise that's where we found this week's feature car -- a supercharged
Holden HQ Kingswood that had no issue turning rubber into smoke. After all
the excitement of Powercruise we needed to relax by the water so we caught
up with Australasian GP Hydroplaning champion Graeme Weller as he attempts
to set the World GP Hydroplane Speed Record.
Track Test: TOYOTA CAMRY NASCAR EDITION
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When you want to draw strong connections between your NASCAR efforts and
your street cars, there's no better way to do it than to build a show
stopping custom. And when you're a company like Toyota, the end result is a
stunning Camry that packs NASCAR-levels of horsepower in a gorgeous
2-door coupe body. Built in cooperation with TRD, the experts here at RK
Motors drew on some pretty impressive fabrication skills to create the
Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition you see here.
Similarities to the full-race Camry you see racing on the big ovals every
Sunday are not mere coincidence. The exterior shell of the vehicle is a
custom 2010 Camry two-door coupe, fabricated entirely in steel by RK
Motors' Charlotte expert metalsmiths. Using the body as a canvas, we
installed several racecar features including a custom NASCAR-inspired body
kit, Toyota grill, carbon fiber brake ducts with fog lights, and TRD
emblems. Other trick details include the NASCAR-style side Exhaust system, carbon fiber rear-view mirrors,
and that faired-in deck lid spoiler. The paint job is a show-quality
two-tone that emphasizes the car's muscular shape.
Underneath the exterior shell lives a powerful TRD NASCAR V8 engine that
displaces 358 cubic inches and delivers a cackling 680 horsepower. And yes, before
you ask, the engine is fuel injected, not carbureted, and uses
distributorless ignition to light the fires. Making it street friendly
meant adding A/C, power steering, and a reliable serpentine belt system,
which makes this car as comfortable as a stock Camry in the day-to-day
grind. Looking at the detailing throughout the under hood area, it's
awfully hard to remember that this is a hand-built car, not something off a
The engine is mated to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission with a Ram
dual-disc street clutch. With a deep overdrive, the potent engine is
capable of pushing the slippery shape of the street car deep into NASCAR
territory. Shocks are single-adjustable race pieces with coil-overs. The
high performance of the NASCAR Camry can be heard through a custom
three-inch Exhaust with X-pipe, Thrush
mufflers, Quicktime performance cut out, custom side Exhaust tips and high temperature turbo Black coating. The car sits on 20-inch TSW
Jarama wheels wearing Michelin Pilot tires.
Inside, The NASCAR Camry is far more luxurious and comfortable than its
NASCAR relatives, and includes such niceties as a full-sized rear seat. The
two-tone leather ties in with the exterior paint scheme, and shows no signs
of wear. The dashboard and steering wheel are production pieces, while a
billet shifter and SPEK gauges by Proparts mounted above the center stack
give it a high-performance look. Comfort is enhanced with air conditioning
provided by Vintage Air, and for added safety a four-point roll cage was
installed. Other details that give it an OEM feel are little details like
the trunk and fuel door release on the floor, the overhead lighting, and
power windows and locks. A Pioneer DVE receiver with navigation was
selected, while Boston Acoustics supplied the amps and speakers. Together,
these components are able to counter the throaty sound of the engine and
deliver crisp, clear performance that you'll have to hear to believe.
The Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition is fast, comfortable, and fully sorted,
with a ton of easily recognized DNA running through its veins. It showcases
both RK Motors' design/build capabilities and Toyota's significant
commitment to success in NASCAR. Look for it in the TRD display at many of
the major auto shows during 2011.
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V8 Supertourers Latest News + Craig Baird Livery - Big Boys Toys 2011
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Oversteer TV caught up with 3x NZV8 Champion John Mcintyre for an update on
the upcoming V8 Supertourers series at the Big Boys Toys expo, ASB
Showgrounds, Auckland, New Zealand.
John talks about the progress with the chassis builds, the new aero
packages including a DTM styled control rear wing as well as the signing of
Hankook tyres for the series. Craig Baird's FG Falcon was also unveiled
with a fantastic new livery.
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Gipson's RV-10 with Geared Drives LS1 Engine Runup
Bill Gipson of Conroe, TX runs his RV-10 with the Geared Drives PSRU and
LS1 Firewall Forward Package built by Bud Warren. Notice that the engine
runs great at any RPM. We are expecting fuel burn rates from this
combination in the range of 7-15 GPH. With torque multplication throught
the Geared Drives PSRU the performance will be astounding! Be sure and
notice that there is no gear noise at all heard with this redrive, just the
smooth throaty sound of a Corvette engine.