Headturning supercar headlines NZ show

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 05:01 20/07/2013
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The GTbyCitroen is unveiled in New Zealand for the first time and Stuff.co.nz was there to show you the features.

A beautiful 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is all set for the 2013 CRC Speedshow in Auckland.
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A beautiful 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is all set for the 2013 CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

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We raced it on the Play Station and now the GTbyCitroen can be seen in the flesh this weekend.

Straight from Paris, the NZ$830,000 supercar inspired by the Gran Turismo game is sure to be the showstopper at the CRC Speedshow at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds over the next two days.

The GTbyCitroen is more than just a show car with Simon Rose, the divisional manager of Citroen in New Zealand, saying it packed 700 horsepower and was good for 0-100kmh in about 3.6 seconds.

The supercar is one of only three ever built and they tour the world for shows such as the one in Auckland today and tomorrow.

The GTbyCitroen will be unveiled to the public along with a lineup of some of the fastest cars in New Zealand's history, hot rods, muscle cars, motorbikes and even the fastest boat.

''We're incredibly excited to get a concept car of this calibre, a real life version of a vehicle first conceived for a digital world,'' speedshow director Ross Prevette said.

''The GTbyCitroen exemplifies the sort of unique, cutting edge automobiles we seek to feature at each year's CRC Speedshow.''

Around 35,000 petrol heads and their families are expected to pour into this weekend's event to see some of the sleekest models and catch the action.

Some of New Zealand's top drivers will hit the track in a three way celebrity charity race between minis, lawnmowers and go karts.

Emma Gilmour and Greg Murphy will be among drivers, with each nominating a charity for the $500 cash prize.

Coinciding with the centenary of Astin Martin, and 50 years of Lamborghini and Porsche 911 - enthusiasts are in for a treat.

The most expensive vehicle on show is a $4.9 million Mercedes Benz SOR McLaren Stirling Moss edition, Prevette's favourite.

''It's styled on a 1950s racer, it's a retro version.''

The Annihilator, a Grand Prix hydroplane with the capacity to go 285km an hour is also on display.

Punters can also feast their eyes on New Zealand's fastest car, Reece Fish's 8000 horse power dragster which this year completed a quarter mile race in just over five seconds.

It's part of the Legends of Speed section which is being held for the first time this year, and took a year to put together.

Among the collection of 17 vehicles are machines of national racing greats Burt Munro, Greg Murphy and Possum Bourne.

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