THE TUN­DRA

NZ Performance Car - - Meeting Leadfoot -

Rod raced the Tun­dra dur­ing the ’99 and 2000 sea­son of the CORR se­ries. It dom­i­nated the more pow­er­ful Ford- and Chevy-pow­ered trucks, win­ning six of the 10 races. This truck was the only one on the grid run­ning a man­ual trans­mis­sion, and Rod told us that the team had it di­alled so it would beat the au­tos off the line. Run­ning a cast-iron 5.0-litre Toy­ota V8, it makes 474kW, up against 595kW pushrod en­gines. Rod be­lieves power is not al­ways the win­ner and weight is more im­por­tant: “We ran lighter than ev­ery­body else just be­cause of our chas­sis de­sign and sus­pen­sion. Be­cause we ran a mul­ti­valve en­gine, we had to run an­other 2.5 pounds per cu­bic inch than the pushrods. So, we [had] … quite a penalty to pay, but it turned out all the other guys were over[weight] and couldn’t get down to the min­i­mum, and we ended up car­ry­ing 600 pounds of bal­last to bring it up to weight, but it al­lowed us to put that weight ex­actly where we wanted it, down low.”

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