NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

Last year saw the Cook Mo­tor Rac­ing (CMR) team com­plete a suc­cess­ful Bon­neville cam­paign, tak­ing home records in both the Nis­san NX coupe — which be­came the first sa­loon car ever to achieve 200mph (322kph) and also set the G/GCC (194mph [312kph]) and G/GALT (191mph [307kph]) records — and the 2.0-litre Syn­ergy Power V8pow­ered ‘Wairua’ Stream­liner, which ran into the 200mph range with Reg be­hind the wheel, re­set­ting the G/GS record at 261mph (420kph).

For 2018, the team is ex­cited to an­nounce that Wairua will have one scream­ing 14,500rpm heart switched for an­other, as the 2000cc Syn­ergy Power V8 will be pulled out and re­placed with a V10 Judd 3.0-litre up­dated 1998 For­mula 1 (F1) en­gine. Yep, it’s based on a le­git F1 en­gine, and has been up­dated with a num­ber of mod­ern tricks to boost power and speed ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The goal with the new heart is to get close to the 500kph mark, which is 100kph up on the fastest-ever F1 car — a record set by the V10pow­ered Honda 007 at Bon­neville. The CMR team will re­turn to the salt with Wairua and its new power plant for Bon­neville Speed Week, Au­gust 11–17.

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