THE LEG­END RE­BORN

054 IN THE BE­GIN­NING 076 BEAMS ME UP, SCOTTY

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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.

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