Product spotlight – PWR Performance Products

This season I am proud to announce a new partnership with PWR Performance Products.  With the help of Eastern Automotive Performance Centre, our car will be receiving a range of PWR products to keep the LS2 powered RX7 cool on track.

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PWR Performance Products specialise in and manufacture complete radiators and cores for race, street, drag or OEM replacement applications within the automotive industry. Their constant on track testing environment in fields like V8 Supercars, Sprintcars, Drag racing, Rally, Go-Karts and Motocross ensures that every customer receives the latest in R&D Development and race proven performance technology. All PWR radiators are manufactured by hand from their State of the art facilities on the Gold Coast. PWR produce all product from Hi-grade Aluminium incorporating a unique wider tube configuration and revolutionary louver fin design angle, which maximises the cooling efficiencies and disbursement of heat. With these characteristics each PWR radiator will deliver consistent durability, strength and performance for today’s demands.

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We will be doing testing with our current setup at NZ Drift Nationals in 3 weeks time, then installing the PWR products to do a back to back comparison with full results to follow.  I look forward to working with a company that has so much knowledge and background in race applications, and can’t wait to get this awesome gear into the RX7!

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D1NZ Round 5 Christchurch

Even though it was two months ago, I still feel like I’m recovering from the only South Island stop on the D1NZ tour.  Mike Pero Motorsport Park just outside of Christchurch, is one of the longest drift sections and is known for breaking cars.

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Taupo D1NZ Round4

The host track of last years final round, Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park is often referred to as the “drivers track” of D1NZ.  The track is run in reverse direction, and is a fast, flowing, full throttle section that leaves my car chewing Achilles tyres in 4th gear the whole run.  Taupo also has the best pit area setup of the series, with proper garages and viewing from the corporate boxes above them.

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OZ Racing Suspension test day

Over the last 5 years, I’ve worked closely with Dodson Performance and used their products on many of my race and street cars.  When building the RX7, we chose to use their HSD suspension and it has worked very well over the last 3 years, providing a low ride height and great performance on the track.  While there was nothing wrong with our previous setup, with the constant progression of drifting we are always looking to improve the car and it’s handling characteristics.  So the decision was made this year to switch to another brand of suspension also available from Dodsons:  OZ Racing Suspension.

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Steering lock, how does it all work?

When building a car to drift, you’re constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries.  And seeing as getting sideways with big angle is the whole point of the sport, steering lock is something that all drift cars need upgraded at some point as the driver gets more confident behind the wheel.

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D1NZ Final chase cam

Quick video of one of my practice runs from D1NZ final round at Taupo.

CRC Speedshow demos

Last weekend we were scheduled to put on 3 demos per day for the annual Speedshow event at ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane.  Unfortunately, the council had other plans and didn’t like the noise or smoke created, so they cancelled most of the demos only leaving us with one session per day.  We still put on a good show for the thousands of attendees, and made a little video featuring myself, Bruce Tannock, Gaz Whiter, and Dan Woolhouse.  Enjoy!

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