NZ Performance Car - - Contents - PHO­TOS: RICHARD OPIE

Walk pit lane at any round of the De­mon En­ergy D1NZ Na­tional Drift­ing Cham­pi­onship and you will not only be greeted by a wash of colour­ful liv­er­ies fight­ing for your at­ten­tion — dig a lit­tle deeper into the en­gine bays of the beasts, and you will find a weird and won­der­ful ar­ray of so­lu­tions to the same ex­act prob­lem. Fol­low­ing the world­wide trend/evo­lu­tion over the past 13 sea­sons of our na­tional se­ries, power fig­ures have con­tin­ued to rise, now reach­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary lev­els. This sea­son, the av­er­age power for a Pro-spec car is 471kW, which is why drift­ing is touted as be­ing the most pow­er­ful tin-top motorsport on the planet.

Now we’re past the mid­way point of the sea­son, we de­cided to take a closer look at the power plants of the front run­ners. What we found sur­prised us, as, unlike se­ries over­seas — which tend to see not much other than the mighty LS — back home in New Zealand, we do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently and have a wide range of en­gine choices in our cur­rent top 10.

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