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Xtreme Auto Show preview 
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Broadcast dates : 31st July 2005
6th August 2005


The Lotus Exige could be described as a ‘mini-supercar." It’s built in England as a club-racing car, with handling that is difficult to beat by even the best modified Porsche or Ferrari.

It weighs well under 800 kilograms thanks to extra-light bodywork, and it has a multitude of racer details that make it desirable to the true enthusiast.

There are less than half a dozen Exiges in the country and this one is owned by top drag racer Logan Naiker, who wanted a single car for various types of motorsport.
The tight Exige cockpit means a cosy driving experience. As for power, Logan found the standard engine lacking…

Logan’s Lotus now runs a turbocharged two-litre Mazda engine with more than double the power of the original Rover engine. The result is a 10,7 second quarter mile, a zero to hundred in 3,5 seconds, and a top speed of 320 km/h. Phew!
For those family-orientated show-goers, or the ones who like party on the move, there’ll be plenty of MPVs like this AMG-customised Mercedes-Benz Vito.

The Vito runs big diameter AMG alloys and low-profile tyres, but it’s inside the bus where all the action is.

The mild custom treatment adds class to the Vito, and includes leather seating for up to nine people.

Serious audio and DVD equipment is placed for all to enjoy, with plenty of space to stretch out in too.
For sheer rock and roll, it’s hard to beat a classic hot rod. This is an English Ford Anglia, otherwise known as a puddle-jumper.

These cars were popular in South Africa in the late 1940s and early fifties. Jannie Augustyn of Gauteng is the proud owner-builder.

Chopping the roof is an amazingly complex job. Because the roof pillars are not vertical, the roof itself has to be re-shaped to line up with the shorter pillars.
Jannie used modified Volkswagen Beetle mudguards at the rear and extended the front mudguards, at the same time giving the Anglia a 1937 Ford V8 look.

The tail lights are also ’37 Ford blue dot items, while the colour scheme is a blend of candy apple copper, indigo blue, pink, pearl and…simply outrageous!

The classic ’37 Ford lights contrast with modern alloy wheels and the aluminum rear wing mounted on the roof.

Mechanically, unsurprisingly, the car is more modern than classic.

The Anglia’s interior is Modern Street Rod. Tan upholstery fiberglass paneling, and a mix of modern and retro gauges are integrated into a harmonious style.

The speedometer is housed in the original Bakerlite dash, but re-calibrated from 60 mph to 260 k/ph!

That speedo marking isn’t as optimistic as one might think, considering the horsepower potential of this rod.

The detail work on Jannie’s car has seen it win countless prizes, including best non-American rod at the recent Street Rod Nationals.

Shoe-horning the Chevy small-block V8 into the Anglia was not a task for the feint-hearted. It is surprising to find a V8 in an engine bay designed for a side-valve four cylinder engine producing about 25 kiloWatts.

At around 200 kiloWatts, most people would agree that this old Anglia has indeed received a "nice bit of horsepower."
It LOOKS like a beat-up old sports car…..

It SOUNDS like a beat-up old sports car…..

So, what’s the big DEAL?

The deal is DRIFTING. Holding the slide is what it’s all about. But sometimes to find the limit you have to step over the edge.
The Nissan is a specialised drifting car. A combination of rear-wheel-drive, a well-balanced beefy chassis, and a big lusty V8 make for plenty of fun.

Owner Wayne Dedekind is a former stuntman with an addiction to driving sideways.

The special front struts used on the Nissan 200SX, enables the car to be set up for changing track conditions. A drift car needs maximum bite at the front, which is why soft –compound sticky tyres are used on the front wheels. Worn-out tyres on the rear wheels keep the tail nice and skittish. 

The special equipment from TurboDirect enables the front wheel geometry to be set up perfectly without resorting to special wheel alignment equipment.

The fine graduations on the strut towers allow camber and castor to be adjusted perfectly.

The massive intercooler dominates the nose of the car, which ran without the cowling for our shoot to illustrate its massive size.

The new hybrid turbo on the Nissan enables a much quicker spool up time to hit the power band early, while the larger intake impellor enables vastly increased boost, vital for holding a car in that perfect drift.

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