Techspan Motorsport Production Drift Car LS3 V8 GT86

A fresh new venture to develop Techspan’s range of specialized equipment to the Motorsport / Automotive sector has seen our own technical sales guy Jake Fastnedge move into high gear.

Over the next years Techspan Motorsport New Zealand Ltd, a division of Techspan New Zealand, will Sponsor a new production race car for a D1NZ Pro Sport sponsorship campaign – in combination with up-and-coming driver Jake Fastnedge . Jake works in Technical Sales with Techspan New Zealand, supplying specialzed equipment – which is now being Marketed under the newly formed company Techpsan Motorsport New Zealand Ltd. This is the company’s second involvement with marketing into Motorsport. Back in 2012 they sponsored a customers Midget.
This new involvement in Motorsport was seen as a logical move under the circumstances. Jake Fastnedge is the Grand son of Techspan’s founder Frank J Fastnedge. Jake who in his spare time loves to drive, had started himself into the new breed of Motorsport – Drifting.

What is Drifting ?

Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner. This driving technique causes the rear slip angle to exceed the front slip angle to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (eg. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa, also known as opposite lock or counter-steering).

Drifting is traditionally done by clutch kicking (where the clutch is rapidly disengaged and re-engaged with the intention of upsetting the grip of the rear wheels), then intentionally oversteering and counter-steering. This sense of drift is not to be confused with the four wheel drift, a classic cornering technique established in Grand Prix and sports car racing.

As a motoring discipline, drifting competitions were first popularized in Japan in the 1970s and further popularized by the 1995 manga series. Drifting competitions are held worldwide and are judged according to the speed, angle, show-manship, and line taken through a corner or set of corners.

Jake Fastnedge in his Nissan 350Z (practice/battle car) – some footage from practice day at the Meremere Drift Park

Competitive Drifting : Motorsport Championship D1NZ

D1NZ is a production car drifting series in New Zealand, a sanctioned championship under Motorsport New Zealand, the official FIA appointed governing body of motor-racing in New Zealand. It began early in 2003 as a small competition consisting of several drifting teams from all over the country in order to organize and regulate Drifting events in the country. Since then it has continued to grow larger and more professional, now involving professional teams and internationally ranked drivers.

Jake Fastnedge in the Techspan LS GT86 at Chrome Expression, Hampton Downs 2021
Great drone footage from Mrmaca(DRONEWOLF)
A video clip showing the MSC Challenge driver line up
Drone footage from Mrmaca(DRONEWOLF)

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