Purpose built drift cars are not something you just have roll through most workshops every day. So when the opportunity came up to head down to STM and catch up with the team from Team Jenkins Motorsport while their cars were being tuned I jumped at the chance. STM had come on board to sponsor TJM for the 2015/16 season assisting with engine building and tuning which were actually both performed by Chris. Now Chris is known for his work on the Dyno however not many will know he has skills in the engine room as well.
Troy’s S15 was a serious piece of kit. Starting with the STM built RB30 engine, consisting of Wiseco Pistons, Eagle rods etc, the car was then sent to Sinco Customs to have the custom fabrication completed to accommodate the GTX3582R turbo. A quick look over the car will also reveal a set of Injector Dynamics ID2000 injectors, twin Bosch fuel pumps and a Link G4 ECU – this car was built for big numbers. A keen eye will also spot the addition of NOS which is now allowed due to a change in the D1NZ rulebook. Running on a healthy dose of E85 (and after running the engine in) it laid down an impressive 526w atw without the aid of NOS. Due to the fact the tune went so smoothly and the car performed beyond expectation it was deemed that NOS could be thrown in the mix at a latter date should it be required.
Ben’s S13 was a totally different beast however, still retained the same feel as Troy’s. Parts list for the engine include JE Pistons, Molnar rods and Kelford Cams just to name a few. Once the engine was fitted, it was back on the trailer and the team were making the trip down to Wellington again. Utilising a single Bosch fuel pump, 800cc Sard Injectors, Garrett GTX3071, Link G4+ ECU and running on 98 Octane fuel we were tuning a completely different setup. Again after the obligatory run in period it was time for Chris to get to work on the Tune. After some small issues with a fuel pump the team managed an impressive 340kw atw. This gave Ben an extra 60kw over the previous set up.
I was thoroughly impressed by both vehicles and found that besides what the media will tell you about drifters the Jenkin’s boys are bloody good bastards too. Check out the galleries below for a pictorial tour of both visits and remember to get to the track over the summer to catch both Troy and Ben in action at D1NZ.