NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

The NZ Fastest Street Car list is dom­i­nated by the V8 camp, as you’ll see if you flick to page 99 of this is­sue, but a few im­port cars hold their own, and make waves as they climb the lad­der. Azhar Bhamji’s 13B turbo Mazda R100 is one of the im­port front run­ners, though it’s only at­tended two meet­ings this sea­son, thanks to a switch to an HGT fivespeed se­quen­tial. The car was run­ning a Tre­mec TKO, but was plagued by prob­lems when shift­ing from third to fourth. Azhar did not want to go auto, and fig­ured a se­quen­tial was the ideal so­lu­tion to still per­mit street-driv­ing ac­tiv­i­ties — which this car sees reg­u­larly. NZ based HGT Pre­ci­sion Gear­boxes cus­tom-built a five-speed with ra­tios that let the car reach fifth gear at around half track.

Af­ter just one meet­ing Azhar saw in­stant re­sults, with a new PB of 9.15s at 154mph, de­spite the fact he didn’t have the flat shift or shift light set-up. On pa­per that trap speed sug­gests the car should dip well into the eights on the cur­rent 590kW power fig­ure, which is the goal for this E85 drinker. Next time out it will have the shift light and flat shift in­stalled and run­ning, along with a new oil breather set-up. Azhar hopes to get another event in this sea­son, and has his eyes set on that eight.

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