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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D1NZ 13/14 Round1 Hampton Downs

The 2013/2014 D1NZ season kicked off November 16th & 17th at Hampton Downs.  I was lucky enough to have some great help in the off season which can be seen in my last post, and that ensured that both myself and the car were both ready to go with no last minute rush jobs!  We used the first round as the reveal for our new Achilles Radial Drift Team liveries, which I really like the simplistic look of.

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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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Achilles Radial team video Ruapuna!

SBP have put together this cool promo video for Achilles Radial NZ.  I’ve really enjoyed being part of an actual team this year, quite a different experience!

“D1NZ Inside Clipping Point” with Andrew Redward & Darren Kelly

D1NZ caught up with me this week for an interview about how our 2012/2013 season is going so far, it’s come out pretty damn cool.  Check it out below

Final battle crash with Mike Whiddett

LOVE TAP!

D1NZ Round3 Baypark Video

Check out the video we’ve just put together of D1NZ Round3 at Baypark Stadium in Tauranga.  All raw footage with music provided by V8.

Tauranga D1NZ preview videos!!!!!

Might not be the actual course layout, but gives you an idea of what the surface and size of the area is like that we’ll be using.

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D1NZ Round2 Whangarei video

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