THE LEGEND REBORN
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This issue marks New Zealand Performance Car’s 20th birthday! Want to see where everything started? We wind the clock back to ’96 to peruse what the mag looked like and which cars were considered magazine quality. You might even spot a few familiar faces that are still around today. There are very few cars in the motor sport history books that have enjoyed this level of success, from winning all 29 of its Japanese Touring Car Championship races, to claiming King of the Mountain at Mount Panorama two years running. We get up close and personal with the GT-R that gave birth to the name ‘Godzilla’ — the Group A R32 GT-R.
When building a high-powered Toyota Altezza, Trent Goodwin didn’t take the easy route and jam in a much-loved JZ; instead, he stuck it out with 3S-GE power! Now with a fully forged engine and enough boost pushing through the Garrett turbo to produce 330kW at the rears, it will hold its own against any six-cylinder-swapped equivalent.