Now that the 2016 V 4&Rotary South Island Champs entries are open for the December 10–11 event, we thought we’d take a look at last year’s standouts

Daniel Currie’s immaculately presented 2JZ-GTE converted Nissan Silvia S15 took out the Best Drift-style Car. “After going through nine RB engines, I’d had enough. My last RB I spent around $30,000 to $40,000 trying to build a bulletproof package, and it still blew up. I’ve just had a gutsful of them,” Daniel said.

The initial tune netted 421kW (565hp) at the wheels, which wasn’t enough, he decided. So another 2JZ is currently in the build, and with forged internals it should easily net 597kW (800hp) at the treads, backed by a dogbox. 

Another thing that caught our eye with this build was the fabrication work, which we’re told is done by Christchurch-based company Motorsport Fabrication Services — the lobster backing is second to none. 

Keep an eye out for Daniel’s Silvia during the upcoming 2016 seasons of D1NZ, Drift South, and Targa New Zealand, as he intends to get some serious use out of it. 

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René Vermeer

Dutch, French, or just a Kiwi, René isn’t quite sure, but he does know he has a passion for Japanese vehicles like no other. A well-seasoned Gran Turismo player dating back to his single-digit days, René has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of performance vehicles and has owned more than 30 performance cars here in New Zealand, ranging from Nissans to Hondas. A lover of photography, you’ll find him either peeping under someone’s bonnet to snap a detailed shot, or on the side of the racetrack, perfecting his panning.