Team Jenkins Motorsport X STM

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.

Troy’s S15

Ben’s S13

What does 520w atw look like?

We have all seen high horsepower EVO builds in the past however Regan’s has always been something a little bit special.  What he and a few dedicated friends and family achieved has not only ticked the box of “high horsepower” but this one is the reason to the phrase “built not brought”.

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Regan first came to being a customer after a conversation about building a forged bottom end for his EVO build.  At the time we stocked STM forged EVO bottom ends and before long, Regan had his engine complete and in place ready for the final touches before the tune.

A period of time passed and Regan called to book in for his tune.  He also mentioned a certain goal to run a 10 second pass, fully street legal and with street tyres in the car built 90% by himself at home in the garage. This was something we had to see.

Upon arrival we were not disappointed. The first thing to catch our eye was the attention to detail, no bolt had gone unpolished and no bracket unpainted.  Just to show that he was sticking to the rule of “built in the garage” he also had fabricated the exhaust manifold to carry the Garrett GT3582 turbo.

Fitted out with an STM Forged Short Block, Garrett GT3582, Injector Dynamics 1000cc Injectors and a set of Kelford 272 degree cams this impressive package pushed out 380kw on pump gas at a respectable 26 psi.  Not bad for a garage build right!!!

Over the next few seasons Regan managed a few high 10 second passes and a PB of 10.6 before an unfortunate miss shift combined with an over rev compromised the motor. This was just fuel on the fire for Regan who decided to push further with the evolution (excuse the pun) of this build.

With a new engine package underway attention went to upgrading some supporting modifications. ID2000cc , Kelford 280 Cams and a twin Bosch 044 fuel pump setup were  installed in anticipation of running some E85 in the near future.  Back on the dyno it went.  Perseverance paid off and when Chris had completed the tune Regan’s EVO was putting out 411kw on 26 psi on 98 Octane and a massive 520kw on 32 psi running E85.

In a car weighing not much over a tonne and now fitted with a PPG Dog Box we’re sure this is going to give Regan the ability to run deep into the 10s or is there a 9 lurking in the future?

This seems to have sparked some sibling rivalry and his brother Thomas is hot on his heals with his STM tuned 400kw+ on pump EVO. Maybe time for some E85 Thomas?

STM/Racetech Customer Track Day – May 2015

DSC_0132Our STM/Racetech Customer Track Days have been a regular on our calendar for some years now.  We organised these as a way for our customers to get out in a controlled environment to test their cars in a legal fashion whilst gaining some great experience behind the wheel and in some cases making some new friends along the way.  We have always enjoyed these days and hope that all that attend do as well.

The last day, held late in May, was no different even though the conditions were less than favourable.

We will be taking a break from these over the winter months however do not fear as they will return later in the year.  In the meantime check out the gallery below to see what you have been missing.

Nice Work Welly: Hardpark 2015

With the absence of an organised “Hardpark” event scheduled for 2015 by the team from NZPC the Wellington region was feeling a bit of a void in the events calendar.  There was however a few dedicated people within the Welly scene that didn’t want to sit back and complain about the missing event, they took the matter into their own hands.  A few Facebook posts were thrown around and before you knew it #Hardpark2015 was born.  Momentum grew and the Hardpark Organisation Team (H.O.T) was formed.

What this dedicated team managed to organise was nothing short of epic.  As I walked over the hill into the Riverbank Carpark in Lower Hutt a sly grin grew over my face.  I was greeted by hundreds of cars all laid out an organised fashion so I, the viewing public, had a better chance of soaking it all in.  This coupled with catching up with mates and meeting some new ones made for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

So “hats off” to the team behind the event, the general Wellington car scene and those that travelled to the event for putting on one hell of a meet.  I personally look forward to #Hardpark2016 which has promised to be bigger and better.  In the meantime though check out the gallery from the event:

PS.  If you see your car here and want an un-wartermarked copy of the image get in touch with us on and we will do our best to get them to you.

4 & Rotary Jamboree 2015


For anyone within the industry of running, competing or displaying at cars shows there is a lot more to the event then just the hours between gates open to gates closed.

Being that over the last few years I have generally been involved with the show I know that the day before usually means a long day, usually lifting stuff, driving for a couple of hours and then, just for good measure, drinking a reasonable amount whilst catching up with friends.  When you get woken up at some ridiculous hour in the morning feeling tired and slighty hung over you then get to go to the event and set up.  The shows have always been something I have enjoyed though even with having to juggle cars in and out of the dyno comps.  The issue is at the end of the day you then have lift stuff, drive for a couple of hours, lift more stuff, then go home for some well deserved sleep feeling happy that the weekend went well.


This year for me was something a little bit different.  Being that I no longer had to work that day I could walk through the gates whatever time it suited me and also leave whenever I please.  Also I was happy that the heaviest thing I was going to lift that day was my bag.

Getting to Feilding I was excited. I have always enjoyed this day due to the different disciplines rolled into one to give a unique event within our scene.  Rolling in at a leisurely 11:00am I found the place alive with people, cars, smoke, and a lot of noise coming from both the burnout pad and the track. With a quick look around I was suitably impressed with some of the hardware out on the track including our own Project 86 there to compete in Super Lap.


After that a visit to the show hall was in order.  Now we all know that car shows have changed over the years and instead of walking through the doors and be bombarded by a sea of crazy paint jobs, loud sound systems, lighting and all the things a “show car” traditionally had you are now greeted by a more sedate scene.  I am not saying one is better than the other however, the kind of cars that have every aspect of the vehicle modified in order to meet judging criteria are few and far between these days.  Instead we have a fair number of cars that are modified in such a way that you are not going to cringe every time you drive the thing as you don’t want to destroy your big $$ paint job.  In the same respect don’t get me wrong the cars on show have obviously had many a hard-earned dollar spent on them it is just interesting to see the evolution over the years of what kind of cars attend.


With that said there is still a thriving car culture here in New Zealand and pretty much all common car manufacturer were represented and just like the icing on the cake both old school rides and some later model hardware were in attendance.

It was also great to see a good number of car clubs in attendance with a special note to the Untamed Car Club who year in, year out turn out all the stops in regards to team spirit and car display.  Nice work guys!!!


Lastly a stop past the hill for a spot of drift spectating was on the agenda.  Parking up just in time for Cole Armstrong to put down some demo laps was great timing as he is never one not to impress and was beating on one poor set of tyres with a limited lifetime.  The rookie competition format for the Jamboree is an interesting one.  Being that the pros are not in attendance it is a good chance for the up and comers to shine.  I was a little bit torn with this one as the driving level and battling is not up to what you would see in a regular competition however it has that old school D1NZ feel which I love.

Now after catching most of what Jamboree had to offer I packed up my less than heavy bag and ventured home however not without a thought for the people who I know were there putting in the hard yards at the end of the day closing up and packing up.