C’s Garage – Adam’s S14

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Last month we took a look at the C’s Garage S13.  This month we have a look at Adam’s S14.

Being that Adam is competing in the Pro Championship this year he was stepping it up a level mechanically to compete with the big boys.  Adam went with a built 2.2ltr SR20 engine with a VE head, Borg Warner EFR 7670 turbo and a host of other upgrades for this season. With it quenching its thirst with a steady supply of E85 Chris managed to get a final result of approximately 400kw atw on high boost.

We were on board to assist with supplying and wiring up the Link G4+ Storm as well as Dyno Tuning.

Check out the gallery below for a pictorial tour of Adam’s visit.

Wings On Wings On Wings – WTAC 2014

I’ve been to World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) for the last two years, and each year it gets bigger and better, attracting the fastest cars from every corner of the globe. Each year the cars get faster and packed with more technology and the crowds attending continue to grow.

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An added attraction this year was the Mazda 767 Sports Prototype race car, predecessor to the world famous Mazda 787B that won the Le Mans 24 hour race back in 1991. WTAC brought the car over from Japan to lay down some demonstration laps. There are only three of these cars in the world and with a rumoured value of over $2 million, it isn’t often you get the chance to see one being driven in anger.

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This car was one of the highlights for me and the quad rotor sounded amazing at full power down the front straight of Eastern Creek.

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Check out this video that the crew at Speedmagnet put together of it – Turn the volume up LOUD!

I’ll admit that in the past, the actual time attack side of WTAC wasn’t that great to watch. Unless you were involved with a team, it was hard to know who was fastest or what was going on out on the track. Sure there is a live timing board, but it doesn’t add much excitement.

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This year WTAC raised the bar with a professional live stream of the entire event. This included several cameras around the track, as well as in car footage and commentary so you knew exactly what was happening. This transformed the fun factor and made WTAC engaging and a whole bunch more interesting.

For anyone who has followed the Japanese tuning scene, WTAC is the place to find all your heroes, from the boss man of Top Secret ‘Smokey Ngata’, to Nob Taniguchi and Tarzan Yamada. All could be found chilling out in pit lane waiting for their next session.

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While there are a number of classes racing, it’s the Pro class that everyone really comes to see and this year it was a tight battle between Garth Walden in the Tilton EVO, the Scorch Racing S15 of Under Suzuki, and Kiwi ace Shane Van Gisbergen in the MCA Hammerhead.

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It can be hard to get an idea of just how fast these cars are, so here are some numbers for a better perspective:

- Over 5 seconds a lap faster than a V8 Supercar
- The top teams are pushing around 900 hp
- The aero packages allow cornering forces of 2.2-2.5 G (For comparison a typical racecar on slicks can achieve around 1.5-1.7 G – Remember WTAC rules require a DOT tyre too!)
- Braking point for Turn 1 is 50 metres later than in a V8 Supercar
- Cornering speeds range from 20-50 km/h faster than a V8 Supercar!

This year Tilton took outright honours in a battle that came right down to the final session on Saturday afternoon. Under Suzuki put in a stellar 1:24.88, but it was a mere 4 hundredths of a second too slow to beat Tilton’s 1:24.80.

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While Tilton’s effort is impressive, Personally I think Suzuki’s S15 is easily the most impressive car in the field. With the new aero package for 2014, Suzuki showed that a 2WD can still be competitive, and remember that Suzuki isn’t a professional driver.

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Check out Suzuki doing his thing thanks to Motive DVD

With some exceptional performances in 2014 such as Mick Sigworth’s EVO (taking a win in Pro-AM with a 1:25.27 which was good enough for 3rd outright), as well as new cars like Chris Alexander’s Carbon R32 GTR, next year is set to be even bigger and faster. Don’t miss out in 2015!

C’s Garage – Joel’s S13

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We recently came on board to help the guys from C’s Garage for the upcoming D1NZ season to complete Tuning duties on Joel’s car (pictured here).  We will also be completing the wiring of a Link G4+ Storm and Tuning on the somewhat more serious S14 of Adam shortly (actually as you are reading this).

We chose to get involved frankly because we like their style.  Joel and Adam have created themselves two dedicated drift cars that would quite easily be mistaken for Japanese D1GP machines.  With their paint jobs, graphics schemes and accents right through the cars tipping their hats to the birth place of drift it all just seems right.

So check out the gallery of Joel’s recent visit and we’ll have an update shortly on the more involved work on Adam’s S14.

If you want more from the guys at C’s check out their Website, Instagram and Facebook page.  Whilst at it also check out one of Joel’s other projects Ernest if you are in the need for some sweet new gear for the workshop.

STM/Racetech Customer Trackday – September 2014

In the early hours of Saturday the 14th of September we were preparing to set off to another of of our ever popular STM/Racetech Trackdays.

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Now we usually show a tonne of photo’s of cars etc as, well less face it, that’s what we enjoy.  We do however think the social side of these days are what makes them so successful.

The preparation before the event, early starts, road trips and all of the other bits and pieces around the actual driving on the track really give you a lot more to discuss later on and usually give some great stories for the next time you are sharing a few drinks.

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With this in mind this time we decided not so much to focus on the cars themselves however a bit more on the people and all the moments associated with these days as they are what makes these such a great event to attend.

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Once again a huge thanks for the team at Playday on Track for making these days a smooth well oiled machine.  Thanks guys!

Chasing the Targa Dream!!

We have all sat and watched the Targa on Sunday Motorsport and thought “one day I would like to do that”. Unfortunately most of us will never achieve this goal. We thought we’d take five minutes to catch up with Matt Gaskin and see what it takes to reach the realisation of a childhood dream.

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So you have just competed in your first Targa with your Nissan Skyline, what inspired you to enter the event?

It was a goal I always wanted to achieve at some point. I remember watching it on TV years ago with the old man thinking, I bet that’s a hell of a lot of fun. I’d really love to give that a crack one day. I went and watched it when it used to come down to Wellington also. I guess one of the biggest motivators though was being told “I was dreaming” and “Do you know how much it costs to do a Targa”. This pushed me even harder to ask for some help and achieve my goal. Without the assistance from all my sponsors I would not have been able to enter and compete in the event.

What was the best thing about Targa? What was the worst?

The best thing by far is the roads you get to race on. Until you’ve done it, it’s hard to believe you’d be racing over such amazing roads. SH25 from Coromandel to Whitianga is a prime example. Just a magic piece of road, like the rimutakas on steroids.

Personally the worst thing is the control tyre situation. Having to use over-priced Taiwanese made tyres that you would never buy normally. There’s one place to buy them from so the price is inflated which defeats the purpose of having a control tyre to keep costs down. It annoys you most of the “top guys” run whatever tyres they like. Doesn’t seem fair to me….

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What was the biggest lesson you learnt about competing in a multi day Targa Rally?

To ease your way into the stages. Especially seeing it was our first Targa. I was pretty cautious at the beginning of each day. There were a lot of crashes and most were very experienced teams. I guess when you’ve done it a few times you push harder each event. I was just happy to complete the days and ignore the time sheets. We had a lot more fun as a team this way too.

What preparation did you and your co driver do before the event?

The most important thing was making sure we were comfortable in the car and felt safe. As we are both quite tall it is always hard to fit easily in a Japanese car. Head clearance with the roll cage was the biggest issue. The seats were mounted as low as possible to achieve this. Other than that Andrew came for a few rides at events etc. We would pick everything else up as we went along.

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What preparation did you do to the car? Was there anything you missed or needed as spare parts that you did not have? What do you need to do for next time?

My Uncle always told me when I was racing speedway that “90% of races are won in the garage” so I have always been a bit OCD about prepping any race car I’ve had. Everything that could be checked was. Speedtech Motorsport had it on the dyno to check the tune and they also made sure everything under the bonnet was tight and doing what it is supposed to. The car was shipped off to Macbilt too for some pre Targa modifications. A sump guard was made and fitted. Wheel alignment, corner weighting and some brake ducting was fabricated up which goes all the way to the hubs.

I made sure the crew had spares of most things without going over the top. You can only fit so much in the back of a Ute. I can’t recall thinking afterwards; next time I will make sure we have one of those. If I’m honest maybe just some bigger testicles…..

How many people were involved in your team?

There were four of us that went away. Myself, Andrew Thomas (co-driver), Jared Rush and Matt Rule ( service crew). All Hutt Valley Motorsport Club members. Can’t thank them enough. They did a spectacular job with any task they were given. I’m hoping they are all keen to do it again next year.

Better not forget the wives and families that were left at home too. My wife has been particularly supportive and I wouldn’t be doing it without her help.

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For anyone wanting to do Targa what would be the advice you would like to give them?

You can do it on a budget so to speak. Of course it isn’t cheap but I think it’s affordable if you do your homework. Best thing I did was draw up a sponsorship proposal and approach people/businesses to help you out. Whether it was financially or products/services, every bit counts.

Other advice would be to have fun and try not to take it too seriously. Yes it is a competition but unless you have a massive budget and a weapon of a car you’ll find it tough to be in the top 10.

Finally what was your result? Overall and class.

We finished 4th in our division. Division 7.

14th in modern 2wd (30 competitors).

29th overall (70 competitors).

We also won the ‘Ross Jensen memorial jealous pride award’ for best presented finisher.

If I could thank these people and businesses for allowing me to achieve my goal too.

PPG NZ, Rolrich Panel and Spray, Wellington Tyre Disposal, Premier Roofing, Gaskin Ford and Mazda, Bryan Comerford, STM, Wellington Toyota Dismantlers, Projex Electrical, Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park, Sharps Autoglass, LT McGuinness, Signworks Petone and NAC Insurance.

Not possible without the support from them.

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All of the team at STM wish Matt the best of luck with future events and we feel honoured to be able to help him chase the dream!

For anyone out there wanting to keep up to date with Matt’s progress or just to show him support check out his Facebook page.