– Words: Ryan Lewis. Photos: DOWNSHIFTAUS.com.
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that the Queensland scene has exploded. The last few months have set new records and raised the bar for car meets across Australia. Quality cars, quality people; these northern folk know the score. Mercury Motorsport held a dyno day earlier this month in conjunction with Turbosmart, and everyone turned on a good show.
Charlie’s MX-5 has only just been let out of the workshop with its new motor. You’ll see more from this boosted NA in the near future.
Mercury’s own ‘NITTO’ was proudly on display. It sat next to some of Queensland’s most powerful street cars. Nine trophies were up for grabs on the day.
The action was inside on the rollers with some massive horsepower turning up.
This R32 was keen to show-off its engine bay, and you can see why.
Mercury’s history with Skylines and RB26 motors brings in a lot of clients with GT-Rs. Big singles are a specialty.
Then there’s the next level of severity altogether. Custom everything in here for flat-out straight line performance.
Three 2JZ-GTE equipped JZA80s represented and all of them packed a punch.
Drove to the meet but your car is still filthy? No problem. A bikini carwash was ready to sort out that dirt.
Despite a strong rep in the Japanese performance scene, Mercury have handled plenty of other builds and their dyno days bring in all sorts.
Big displacement with massive boost is the stuff that any performance lover can appreciate. This car pulled top output on the day with 842hp at the wheels.
At a time when so many people are building Falcon GT replicas, it’s nice to see someone grabbing an old Falcon and leaving it be, albeit with fat rubber on the back and a drop tank.
Not even wet weather could spoil the day.
We bet you didn’t see this coming. The compressor housing couldn’t be any bigger in that space.
No secrets about the power this Supra is making.
If we had an R32 GT-R brimming with Tomei parts, we’d be proud of it too. This stunning Nissan was up for sale.
It was ladies galore with bikini models and promo girls all in the one place.
Inside the dyno room the Mercury crew had the cars rolling in and out like a well-oiled machine.
Owners and punters got a good view of it all from the workshop floor. This Soarer is an ’80s favourite of ours.
Still in the build, we’re hoping that the owner gets off his P-plates by the time this R33 is finished.
Over the next few weeks Charlie will be putting the finishing touches on his epic Mazda. This all-purpose roadster has the hallmarks of a first-class street car.
Not everyone was there to get on the rollers, some just came to chill out and enjoy the view. This S15 was looking neat parked up.
A small show and shine in the grounds of the complex was perfect for those who were there for a look around. The cage in this Evo was the real deal.
Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, stanced Commodores are a hit in our eyes. This R8 ute is done proper from all angles.
Turbosmart rep, Rohan, let us know that there is another Turbosmart supported dyno day coming to Sydney. Details are yet to be released but, “it will definitely have a bikini car wash!” he said.
A full list of results can be found below. Sydney-siders, keep your ear to the ground and we’ll see you at the next one.
CAR ENGINE HP
Ford Falcon V8 TT 842
Toyota Supra 2JZGTE 709
Toyota Supra 2JZGTE 579
Ford Falcon XR6T 4L Turbo 535
Holden VY Ute V8 S/C 481
Toyota Supra 7MGTE 450
Toyota Supra 2JZGTE 440
Holden Kingswood Ute V8 NA 414
Mitsubishi Evo 10 4B11T 407
Holden VE SS Ute V8 NA 401
Mitsubishi Evo 4G63T 383
Porsche 911 Turbo V6 T 361
Toyota Chaser JZX90 1JZGTE 344
Ford Falcon XR6T 4L Turbo 342
Nissan 180SX SR20DET 333
BMW 318i E25 M20 T 309
Mitsubishi Evo 4G63T 307
Nissan 200SX S15 SR20DET 292
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2L T 276
Mitsubishi Evo 4G63T 262
Nissan 200SX S15 SR20DET 240
Nissan 200SX S15 SR20DET 238
Mitsubishi Ralliart Lancer 4B11T 233
Toyota Celica GT4 3SGTE 216
Nissan 350Z VQ35DE 214
Toyota Celica GT4 3SGTE 213
Mitsubishi Ralliart Lancer 4B11T 210
Subaru WRX EJ20T 176
Ford Cortina 3SGE 163
Toyota Corolla Sportivo 1.8L NA 159
Toyota Celica 2L NA 139
Toyota Celica GT4 3SGTE 137
Subaru WRX EJ20T 135
Datsun 1200 12A 100
Holden Gemini 2L NA 83