Brap, brap Barina
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.