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Cur­rent De­mon En­ergy D1NZ Na­tional Drift­ing Cham­pi­onship DK Curt Whittaker has been ab­sent from the D1NZ grid this sea­son, although he has not hung up his skid lid just yet. Af­ter seven cham­pi­onship sea­sons, the team felt it was time to re­tire the chas­sis from com­pe­ti­tion, and gave it one last birth­day. It was stripped bare and Steven Sole Cus­toms re­painted the car inside and out, in­clud­ing new un­der­seal, be­fore a full re­assem­bly with all-new sus­pen­sion. As this is now not his comp car, the V8 has been pulled, and the old 460-kilo­watt 2JZ set-up that Curt drove to the 2012/’13 cham­pi­onship was re­turned to the hole.

“When we swapped to the 410, we took every­thing out, so, when it came to swap it back, it all just bolted back in. Ross from DDT, who built the mo­tor back in 2013, in­spected the bear­ings and also gave the car a run-up on the dyno af­ter up­grad­ing the Link’s firmware,” Curt said.

Ver­tex Lubri­cants and Kaspa Trans­mis­sions have come on board as ti­tle spon­sors this year, and Curt hopes to get the car to as many events as pos­si­ble which take his fancy while he’s not com­pet­ing. Af­ter run­ning at both Lead­foot and Mad Mike’s Sum­mer Bash, Curt found the switch back to the 2JZ a wel­come chal­lenge: “It’s much harder to drive with the re­duced torque — you find you don’t just drive with the throt­tle; you have to ac­tu­ally drive it — there is a big dif­fer­ence. You have to be ag­gres­sive, and you’re not as smooth, but it’s re­ally en­joy­able” Curt told NZ Per­for­mance Car.

He is not sure when the car will be out next, but there is talk of re­turn­ing it to the road in the near fu­ture, as it’s still 100-per-cent steel, with­out any tube fram­ing, and it has all the pan­els a road car would and even elec­tric win­dows. Not bad for a ma­chine that’s done seven D1NZ sea­sons!

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