Drifting (Motorsport) – About 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.

Drifting 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.
The series consists of two national title competitions, the D1NZ Pro Championship and the D1NZ Pro-Sport Series. New competitors generally need to prove themselves in the Pro-Sport Series before progressing into the pro class, unless competing with an equivalent international license.
Organizers promote and educate Drifting in New Zealand, with a regulated safe environment.
The D1NZ has traditionally formed a five round national competition with a mixture of tight & technical courses and faster, full throttle race circuits. In 2019 the Pro-Championship tour included Max Motors Speedway (Wellington), Trustpower Baypark (Tauranga), Chris Amon Circuit (Manfeild), Hampton Downs Motorsport Park and Pukekohe Park Raceway.

Jake Fastnedge (aka Thtguy)

Drifteen – a youth motorsport experience with Thtguy Drift

A motorsport experience for youth from Canteen.

We are developing a new event that is aimed at providing an extreme motorsport experience for youth aligned with the Canteen charity. So watch this space for further updates as things come together.

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Official Sponsor

Techspan Motorsport

Over the next years part of the Techspan Group (Techspan Motorsport New Zealand Limited) will build a new production race car for a D1NZ Pro Sport sponsorship campaign – in combination with up-and-coming driver Jake Mailley-Fastnedge (Grand son of Techspan’s founder Frank J Fastnedge) . Techspan Motorsport – Specialized Machinery & Equipment for the Motorsport & Automotive sector in New Zealand.

Techspan Motorsport supply specialized machinery & equipment to the Motorsport & Automotive sector in New Zealand.

Watch out for the new ‘stickered up’ 350Z and car two – LS GT86 (waiting for her wrap right now)…  out on the track soon .

Specialized Equipment for the Motorsport & Automotive Industry in New Zealand 

Techspan was founded in 1979. We are suppliers of an array of highly specialized machinery & equipment to industry, that today includes companies in various industries across Australasia.

  • Acim – Infra-red Heating Elements (paint drying technology)
  • Elma – Ultrasonic Cleaning Equipment – Bench-top, Industrial Floor Standing units (carb, engine, bearings, fuel injector, ultrasonic parts cleaning)
  • Elma – Steam Jet Cleaners (mechanics, fabricators, workshop fine cleaning equipment)
  • Engel – Injection Moulding Machinery (interactive high technology moulding ‘touch panel’ manufacture in Automotive – Automotive panel/moulding/lamp manufacturing)
  • Staubli – Motorsport Connectors (dry-break fluid connectors, fast fuel fill systems, fuel connectors, brake / fuel / fluids, EV Electric Connectors)
  • Techspan Plastic Welding Tools – (automotive plastic repair & fabrication equipment – (smash repair, panel shops, fabricators)
  • Techspan Plastic Welding Rods – (automotive plastic repair & fabrication equipment – (smash repair, panel shops, fabricators)