NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

Won­der­ing when Nis­san was go­ing to stop flog­ging the R35 horse? We may have some in­for­ma­tion for you. It isn’t slow­ing down its su­per­car as­sault, ac­cord­ing to sev­eral in­ter­na­tional sources leak­ing in­for­ma­tion about the R35’s re­place­ment. From what we’ve dis­cov­ered so far, there will likely be a new shape, known as the R36. And there’s more … As hy­brid tech­nol­ogy de­vel­ops and sees sig­nif­i­cant gains in torque and to­tal power, Nis­san would be left be­hind if it re­tained the VR38DETT en­gine, which pro­duces a lazy 447kW (600hp). Just

It’s not of­ten we see a promis­ing young tal­ent make the sort of splash in the BMW E30 cham­pi­onship that young Reid Harker wrought dur­ing the sec­ond week­end of the New Zealand Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­sport at Hamp­ton Downs Mo­tor­sport Park. Harker qual­i­fied com­pet­i­tively on the Fri­day by set­ting the fastest time in his group, not an easy feat con­sid­er­ing there were 22 cars in the ses­sion, half of the 45 E30s en­tered. The fourth race of the week­end in­cluded all of them, and was said to be a ‘fun’ look at the re­cently un­veiled Honda (Acura) NSX, which runs a twin-turbo V6 along with three elec­tric mo­tors, and is said to pro­duce earth-shat­ter­ing torque. To com­bat — or should we say ab­so­lutely de­stroy — cars like that NSX, the R36 GT-R will ap­par­ently be re­leased with hy­brid tech­nol­ogy push­ing power out­put to around the 596kW (800hp) range. This power, com­bined with an all-wheeldrive driv­e­train, will most likely cre­ate an­other record-break­ing daily drive­able and some­what fu­el­ef­fi­cient mon­ster. race, with no points be­ing scored for the se­ries.

En­trants started in time-hand­i­capped groups, and ev­ery­one knew the race would be a nail-biter. Reid started in an in­tim­i­dat­ing 40th po­si­tion, but nev­er­the­less pushed on, over­tak­ing fel­low com­peti­tors one by one un­til 14 laps in, when he had passed all 39 of the cars in front and was look­ing to fur­ther the gap — which he did, tak­ing the win with a six-sec­ond lead.

If Harker keeps this up it would be fair to say this won’t be the last time we’re talk­ing about him.

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