Brap, brap Ba­rina

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Four­four-time Bathurst champ Greg Mur­phy’s 2017 New Zealand Rally Ba­rina AP4 pro­vided the per­fect hi-po tool for the lat­est round of the Giz drive­way chal­lenge. AP4 refers to the Asia Pa­cific rally reg­u­la­tions, which al­low a pro­duc­tion light car body to be stuffed with AWD and tur­bocharged grunt which usu­ally comes cour­tesy of a 1.6 from the same brand, though the Ki­wis al­low a 1.8. This de­liv­ers a ma­chine ma­chine with with per­for­mance at the level of FIA R5 cars with­out the ex­pense. About $ 150K-200K is the typ­i­cal AP4 build cost, around half that of an R5 car. Murph’s Holden Nz-backed hatch uses a 1.8-litre ver­sion of GM’S 2.0 Ecotec four, boosted to 260kw and 556Nm, fed to all four via a six-speed se­quen­tial ’ box. The next meet of the six-round NZRC series is the Wait­omo Rally on Oct 14.

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