NZ Performance Car - - Talk Circuit -

Now well into its third sea­son, hav­ing held rounds at the ITM Su­per­car event and at the first of the Speed­works Motorsport Cham­pi­onship meet­ings at Bruce Mclaren Motorsport Park at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber, the SsangYong Ac­tyon Ute se­ries has suc­ceeded in be­com­ing a ma­jor, if slightly un­likely, sup­port cat­e­gory within New Zealand’s top-level motorsport meet­ings. Each of the 30 dis­tinc­tive SsangYong Ac­tyon Sport Race utes are iden­ti­cal in ev­ery re­spect, and be­cause it’s a one-make man­u­fac­turer-backed se­ries, it’s a tightly con­trolled cat­e­gory, so the com­peti­tors can have ab­so­lute con­fi­dence that all of the race utes are the same spec, with no vari­a­tions al­lowed be­tween the ve­hi­cles. Suc­cess comes down to driver abil­ity, as op­posed to who has the big­gest cheque­book.

The 2.3-litre Mercedes-Benz four-cylin­der petrol en­gine is con­trolled by a ded­i­cated New Zealand– de­signed and –man­u­fac­tured Link ECU, specif­i­cally cal­i­brated to suit the en­gine’s ap­pli­ca­tion in motorsport.

A brand-new New Zealand–de­signed and – built TTi GTO four-speed se­quen­tial gear­box is a fresh ad­di­tion to the se­ries this sea­son, and helps de­liver torque di­rectly to the rear axle, which has also been equipped with a lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial in or­der to help con­trol wheel­spin.

The fac­tory 18-inch al­loy wheels are fit­ted with Hankook RA23 multi-pur­pose treaded tyres this sea­son to en­sure good trac­tion in all con­di­tions. The race-tuned sus­pen­sion is low­ered, and in­cor­po­rates ad­justable re­bound dampers to al­low the com­peti­tors to fine-tune the sus­pen­sion to their lik­ing. The Ac­tyon utes also fea­ture disc brakes all round, com­plete with com­pe­ti­tion brake pads, and a man­u­ally-con­trolled cock­pit brake­bias ad­juster.

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