FROM DRIFT TO GYMKHANA

NZ Performance Car - - Hoonicorn -

Asked how ASD — ce­mented in the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) drift scene — han­dled en­gi­neer­ing the all­wheel-drive (AWD) Hoon­i­corn, Ian replies, “To be hon­est, the AWD didn’t make a damn dif­fer­ence. It’s got an ex­tra diff and drive­shaft, and has some dif­fer­ent sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try, but it was no prob­lem — it’s just past ex­pe­ri­ence. Es­sen­tially, it was sort of hark­ing back to race ex­pe­ri­ence we’ve had with fron­twheel drive (FWD) race cars. We were just amal­ga­mat­ing most of the se­ries of con­cepts be­tween a FWD race car and an RWD race car, to cre­ate AWD ge­om­e­try from the bal­ance be­tween that. That’s the power of ex­pe­ri­ence and some com­puter de­sign el­e­ments.” Prior to paint and fi­nal as­sem­bly, Ken flew in and the Hoon­i­corn was fired up for an ini­tial shake­down run. “We didn’t have to change any­thing. The bal­ance was right out of the box, as crazy as that sounds — we didn’t even have to change the shock valv­ing. Ken told us, ‘It does more than I thought it would do, it’s bet­ter than I thought it would be, there’s noth­ing to change’. Ba­si­cally, all went ac­cord­ing to plan,” Ian said.

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