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Power Torque Engines

People can be quite careful when it comes to choosing a workshop to mod or service their pride and joy. Power Torque Engines follow the philosophy of “do it right, do it once” so it’s no wonder Bentley and Audi R8 owners are trusting them with their rides. Owners Shaun Henrich and Mark McLaughlin and workshop manager Ian Mack always make sure the customer knows exactly what they’re going to get when Power Torque works on their car.

Power Torque started in 2001 out of a race engine building business. In the early days, the business was building engines for touring cars, super tourers and what’s now known as V8 Supercars. Initially Power Torque was involved in the development of the tuning software for the LS1. At the time this was very primitive and not particularly user friendly. These days, the software is much easier to use and more readily available.

Power Torque is now the Queensland distributor for Walkinshaw Performance Products and they have several Walkinshaw Performance agents under them throughout Queensland. They are also the largest Harrop Performance dealer in Queensland, specialising in superchargers.

As well as Walkinshaw Performance and Harrop, Power Torque also deals in VCM Suite. Their services include engine tuning, dyno services (2WD & 4WD), Supercharger installs, performance exhausts and brakes and specialised engine building. Power Torque doesn’t just cater for the V8 players; they also have a strong presence in the European tuning market with VW and Audi being their most popular models.

Along with Shaun, Mark and Ian, there are only a small number of staff members. Shane Alex takes care of the engine builds and supercharger fitment. Mitch Sloane also fits the superchargers and takes care of the […]

By |August 10th, 2014|Cars, News|0 Comments

The Nawtii S14 Slider


Kate Burrows has always loved the Series 2 S14s; in fact it was her dream car. So she bought herself this 1998 Series 2 S14 200sx and set out to make into a clean daily driven drift car.

The car is powered by a Black Top SR20DET with VCT. The engine gets a bit of extra power from a pod filter, 440cc injectors, T28 ball bearing turbo, Turbosmart 2 stage boost controller and a custom stainless steel exhaust. The exhaust is made up of cast turbo manifold, 3 inch stainless steel pipes, hi-flow cats with twin 3 inch A spec blast pipes with burnt tips.

To deal with the pressures of drifting, Kate has upgraded the driveline and included an Exedy Heavy Duty clutch, Exedy performance pressure plate and Nismo lightened flywheel. She’s also upgraded the diff to a 4:1 Viscous LSD. The standard brake pads weren’t quite up to scratch so Kate has upgraded to Bendix Sports all round.

The suspension has had a fair chunk of work done to it as well. Section RMA 8 dampers front and rear, 10kg springs up front and 12kg springs in the rear and Whiteline front strut brace make things a little easier for Kate to control the S14 on track. The wheels are none other than Work VS MX measuring 17×8.5 -11 up front and 17×9.5 +15 on the rear wrapped in Federal 595 235/45/17s.

To fit the wheels Kate has had the front guards rolled and the rears pulled. A more aggressive look is achieved using a Trial front bar and side skirts and ADM rear bar with pods. HID head lights make things easier to see on night time track adventures.

The interior is mostly stock with an Autometer […]

By |August 10th, 2014|Cars, Motorsport|0 Comments

Tekno Performance’s Toyota 86 build

A lot of our readers will be familiar with this feature car. You’d expect a good job from a company that also runs a V8 Supercar team and Tekno Performance have lived up to expectations with their 2012 Toyota 86 GTS.

Tekno Performance is the road car enhancement division of V8 Supercar team Tekno Autosports. They’re main concentration is on V8 Fords and Holdens along with high end European cars. But when the 86 came along, it was such a good package from the factory they had to see if they could make it even better.

From a distance you would think it’s just an average 86 with a nice set of wheels. But as you get closer you start to notice things. For example, the height when static; when displaying the car the boys will have it fully laid out thanks to AirREX airbag coilovers with 12 points of bump/rebound adjustment. This system is complimented by an Accuair Electronic level system with three stage height adjustment. All of this is controlled by Accuair I-Level Bluetooth remote height control. Roll control sway bars and polyurethane bushes finish the suspension components.

The car rolls on 19 x 9.5 inch Rays 57XTREME Gramlights wrapped in Hankook Ventus RS3 245/35R19s. The paint is standard issue but is highlighted by multiple carbon fibre details. The carbon fibre kit includes front lip, side skirts and rear splatts. Carbon fibre wrap paint effects are applied to the front bar, fog light surrounds, rear diffuser and interior trim. Also in the interior is a pair of carbon Kevlar Bride Stradia II Low Max reclinable racing seats on Bride rails.

Under the bonnet is the standard factory fitted FA20 2 Litre Boxer Engine, which has been turbo […]

By |August 10th, 2014|Cars, Motorsport|0 Comments

All Stars Show and Shine

Sunday April 28 saw the running of the All Stars car show at the Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast. A huge number of cars turned up on the day and the weather could only be described as perfect.

My day was to start off meeting a few of the members of Club High Rollers at Springwood McDonalds. Unfortunately for me I got there 45 minutes early. As I leant against my bike chowing down on a hearty bacon and egg muffin I see a police car stop on the side of the road with its lights flashing. What are they setting up? Nothing, they come down, park up and go for a feed. I gave a heads up to the CHR boys but realised it was too late as I heard the sound of the EZY WIN R32 GTR
pulling into the driveway behind SRJ37. The police lingered at the exit for a bit but ended up leaving without interfering with our day.

From Springwood we headed down the highway to BP Coomera to meet up with the others. I pulled up to see some of Queensland’s biggest horse power cars ready to go. Once everyone was sorted we all buckled up and headed down to the show. The GODZLR GTR is something that has to be heard to fully understand just how insane it really is. We arrived at the show, GODZLR drives in first with me following. The overzealous security guard stops me on my bike and questions whether I’m welcome
(people who know me know how much I love rent-a-cops). I quickly corrected his error (politely of course) and the rest of us make our way in and get set up.

There was already a huge […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Cars|0 Comments