Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes secures development grant
PPG is pleased to announce that it has just secured a business development grant via the South Australia government’s Innovation Voucher Programme. This will see the company benefit from a 50,000 dollar boost towards its manufacturing operation in Green Fields, South Australia.
The initiative has been created to help companies that are wishing to expand and consequently, need to invest in both staff and equipment.
“We are fortunate to be in a position of growth, with overseas sales increasing due to our ability to access strong markets”, explains Business Development Manager Richard Sanders. “We therefore welcome the assistance this grant provides, as it enables us to invest more into our manufacturing facility. Consequently, this allows us to get our new products on sale quicker and enter export markets that would otherwise be unobtainable.”
The news comes at a time when the automotive sector is winding down its presence in South Australia’s northern territories. Therefore, PPG’s drive towards increased productivity and continued growth in global sales is applauded by local government officials, especially as the company is looking to employ more skilled people in the area and to treble production by 2015.
Over the course of the past few months PPG has enjoyed a string of motorsport successes and added to its ever-increasing list of achievements. One such occasion was the impressive outcome from the recent Transchaco Rally in Paraguay – an event branded as the toughest of its kind on the planet - where cars fitted with PPG gear sets claimed seven of the top-ten places.
There’s been some world records set during the course of the year too. Whilst away from the racetracks, the company has recently established a global technical partnership with leading lubricant manufacturer Motul. This association is destined to provide benefits on both sides in the areas of product development and longevity.
To discover the back stories about these and other news and events involving PPG over the past six-months, please take time to look through the pages of this latest edition of our bi-annual newsletter.
The latest edition of our Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes Newsletter Summer 2012 .
It’s hard to believe that we are already over halfway through 2012 and looking towards the second half of the motorsport season. For us at Pfitzner Performance
Gearbox we are pleased to report that things are as busy as ever, with more and more competitors switching from other makes to PPG. Why? Well, we can only
go by what our customers are telling us.
In most cases they say that it’s down to the reliability of our products. Of course, no one wants to invest time and money on something that is going to let them
down – especially when it’s being used in competition. For some it may seem repetitive that we keep talking about the durability of our products, but we refuse tocompromise on quality, as that’s what gives us our winning formula.
Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes Porsche 911 Dog Gearbox is “Sensational… a thing of joy.”
Esteemed British motoring journalist of Drive TV andwww.pistonheads.com, Chris Harris, has proclaimed the Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes (PPG) five-speed, straight cut dog gearbox in the Tuthill Porsche 911 as “sensational… a thing of joy.”
Chris Harris was testing the Francis Tuthill Porsche 911 rally car at the Prodrive Test Facility, Warwickshire for Drive TV and said: “The (PPG) dog gearbox is sensational. The gearbox is a thing of joy.”
Watch the sensational Pfitzner equipped Tuthill Porsche 911 being put through its paces by Chris Harris Drive TV fame:
Talking about the drive, Chris added: “It’s just a collection of great noises, like the dog gearbox whine… this is where it is at… this is my kind of driving.”
The incredible 350+bhp, 3.6-litre flat-six, 1,000Kg, historic rally Tuthill Porsche 911 uses a Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes straight cut, five speed, dog tooth gear set, using billet selectors and PPG’s “Heavy Duty” gears made with the world-renowned PPG “Bulletproof” design.
Richard Tuthill said: “The Belgian stages are very unique. There’s a lot of very square junctions… so you need to brake late into them and get out of them quick. This 911 does that beautifully and we can beat the Belgians with this car easily.” And a lot of that speed – and the car’s podiums already – is down to the incredibly efficient, fast, tough and reliable PPG dog gearbox – perfect for the Tuthill 911, and Chris Harris.
Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes are a global company, with markets in USA, Europe, Asia, Japan and Australia. PPG make championship-winning products for some of the world’s fastest competition cars:
- Seven times FIA APRC Rally Championship Winners.
- Three times Rally Japan Champions.
- World’s fastest Nissan R35 GTR, Nissan GTi-R, N/A Honda, Honda S2000 & 4WD 4-cylinder, Evo I-III & IV-IX drag cars.
- Double Pro Class Super Lap World Champion 2010-2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
- Five times Australian Commodore Cup Champion.
- Double Australian Sports Sedan Champion.
The five-speed, straight cut dog gear set for the Porsche 911 rally car is available to purchase from Francis Tuthill Porsche, and is just one of many competition gearboxes available for rally, racing, drag racing and all forms of motorsport, built by Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes. Find out more about Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes “bullet proof” products for the 911 and much more on the website at:http://www.ppgearbox.com.au.
And like the new Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes Facebook page at:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pfitzner-Performance-Gearbox-PPG/109155729151149
Suncity Group Macau Road Sport Challenge
Hong Kong’s Phillip Yau in a Nissan GTR R35 drove a determined race to win the Suncity Group Macau Road Sport Challenge, 3.452 seconds ahead of Japan’s Tatsuya Tanigawa in a Mazda LA-SE3P RX-8 and Kenneth Look, also of Hong Kong, in a Subaru Impreza GDB.
Pole-sitter Nattavude Charoensukhawatana of Thailand, driving a Mitsubishi Evolution 9, got off to a strong start and began to build up a gap at the front. Yau, however, stalled on the grid and expertly began to work his way back through the field. The race was interrupted by a brief safety car period on Lap 4, but at the restart on Lap 7, Charoensukhawatana again took the lead. Yau moved into second before setting his sights on taking the lead.
Yau caught up to Charoensukhawatana, the Thai struggling with mechanical problems. Yau passed his rival on Lap 9 to take the win, while Charoensukhawatana would eventually finish 14th.
It’s been an exceptionally busy 2011 for PPG so far, with cars fitted with our gearboxes competing somewhere in the world every weekend. We are also pleased to report that sales activity has increased in both the road and motorsport markets, a trend is partly due to the ongoing innovation and development of new products, which is then bolstered by the reliability and performance that has become a hallmark of PPG.
As we are now nearing the end of the motorsport season, we thought it would be a good time to bring you up to date with some of the latest news about our products and activities, together with a few reports from our customers. And don’t forget: if you have any news or stories that feature PPG products, then we would like to hear from you – and you could be featured in the next edition of our newsletter!
Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes get ready for EVO-X sequential shakedown at World Time Attack - 03 August, 2011
For the second year running, Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes will have a major presence at the annual World Time Attack event, which takes place this Friday and Saturday (5/6 August) at Australia’s Eastern Creek Raceway - the acknowledged home of the WTA series. And, as well as being sponsors of the event, this year sees PPG supplying gear-sets for many of the front-running cars, including last year’s victorious ‘Cyber Evo’ driven by the undisputed master of Time Attack Eiji (Tarzan) Yamada.
To allow the world’s best Time Attack drivers the opportunity to try out its brand-new 6-speed sequential gear-set, PPG has offered competitors the chance to drive its Mitsubishi Evolution X during the event’s test and shakedown sessions. The company is confident that, as soon as drivers experience the product, they will not want to use anything else.
PPG Managing Director Simon Pfitzner said: “This has been a very involved design project, but we have developed with what we believe is a great product that allows a full motorsport sequential option for the Mitsubishi Evolution X. We already have significant interest from the rally community, as well as Time Attack customers and this test opportunity allows some of the drivers to experience what the gear-set is like to use first-hand. It also allows us a great opportunity to gain important technical feedback from the people who count, direct from the World Time Attack event.”
The PPG 6-speed sequential gear-set has been designed to utilise the Mitsubishi OE casing and therefore, directly replaces the manufacturer’s standard unit. The kit includes the gearset ,gearshift assembly as well as a gear position display. The intended applications include rallying, racing, one-make series’ and Time Attack.
For more information about the new Mitsubishi Evolution X sequential gear-set and the full-range of PPG products, please email to our sales team: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Fastest Production V8, Fastest GM Car, and Fastest Production Car with a Wing
Grassroots Motorsport's Ultimate Track Car Challenge brought out America's best track weapons to do battle on the fields of Virginia International Raceway. Invited racers included Exotic Prototypes, Corvettes, Nissan GTR, Porsche and other fast company. It is the quintessential "bring all you got - and then some" mentality.
Amidst the sweltering 105 degree heat, and hard-charging competition, the Corvette Z06 of MTI Racing raised the bar by smashing the NASA TTR record and taking home awards for Fastest Production V8, Fastest GM Car, and Fastest Production Car with a Wing.
MTI Racing driver, Reese Cox, says "The greatest challenge at this event is to roll off the trailer ready to fight. You have one session to practice. Then, it is a brawl for all of the marbles!"
The MTI Corvette clawed at the tail of Riley Technologies prototype driven by Tony Ave while a Ganassi-built NASCAR COT attacked Cox from behind. With speeds of over 160mph, if you make a mistake, it's over. While driving at the limits of insanity, the session ended with the Corvette posting a blistering 1:54.9 around the 3.27 mile circuit, a time that would have landed him the fastest GT lap at the 2011 Grand-Am GT race.
MTI Racing in Marietta, GA builds and services high-performance street and race cars. "Proper setup of the car is so important", says Cox. "VIR has the most amazing variety of speed, technical difficulty, and transitions. It is unlike anything in the America. The car needs to do everything well." This is a testament of the MTI Racing crew of Roman Hackett, Kevin Kirby, Louis Johnson, and Terry St. Martin.
As a first-time competitor to the Ultimate Track Car Challenge, you can be sure that the MTI Racing Corvette will be targeted for war as other teams pull out the stops to bring the challenge for next year.
MTI Z06 Parts List:
Forgeline Corvette wheels
Moton Corvette Coilovers
Brembo Gran Turismo Corvette Calipers, Rotors
Pfadt Heavy Rate swaybars
MTI prepared Keisler/PPG T56 Dog Engagement Transmission
MTI Machine 480 cu.in engine
American Racing Headers
AIM data acquisition
Race tech seats
MTI prepared diff
About MTI Racing:
MTI Racing is a full-service performance shop and dyno tuning facility that offer parts, service and routine maintenance for your GM vehicle. We also have in-house machine shop and CNC manufacturing equipment. We can build your street car from Mild to Wild, or construct you a full-blown track weapon.
Please contact us for your next project!
For more information, please contact:
(770) 919-7774 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (770) 919-7774 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Performance Power Racing visit NASA to set a new "World Record" using Custom "PPG" Gear set - 27 June, 2011Modified GT Sets World Speed Record at SLF.......
A modified Ford GT set a world record during testing June 16 and 17 when Johnny Bohmer reached 223 mph on the runway of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. A Guinness World Records judge authenticated the accomplishment, confirming Bohmer's place in automotive history, along with Kennedy's role in the achievement.
Bohmer's Performance Power Racing modified the car and was testing the suspension and aerodynamic coatings at the runway. The record is the first in the new Guinness category of standing mile for a street-legal car. That means Bohmer began from a standstill and revved up to speeds faster than the space shuttle's average touchdown speed.
"This is probably the best place on the Earth," Bohmer said before the run. "It's very nice, I'm very happy with it. I took it up to 210 (June 16) without trying."
Built for spacecraft returning from orbit at high speeds, the three-mile long concrete runway is becoming a preferred testing ground for drivers and racing teams. Joe Gibbs racing, which competes in NASCAR events, has used the runway for evaluations, as have Indy Car teams.
All pay rent on the facility for each day they use it and the companies sign Space Act Agreements to use it for at least eight days a year, said NASA's David Cox, Partnership Development manager at Kennedy.
"They're learning us, we're learning them," Cox said.
The world record came as a bit of surprise for Bohmer and his team because it came during some of the hottest times of the day, conditions that are not typically kind to supercharged engines.
"The hotter the ground gets, the slower your car will go," Bohmer said.
On the other hand, the Performance Power Racing group, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., began setting faster marks on their cars as soon as they started revving them up on the runway. For example, the team brought a Dodge Challenger and drove it to over 170 mph, beating the previous record for that model by almost 30 mph.
"First time out, I was very, very surprised the car went that good," Bohmer said.
From NASA's perspective, the testing has to meet certain criteria such as performing true aerodynamic evaluations, Cox said. Part of the agency's mission now is to move research ahead that can improve fuel mileage for vehicles, so tests on products that reduce drag on a car help meet that criteria.
That's where Jeff McEachen comes in.
McEachran was testing a coating called "PerformaBond" that fills in the microscopic pores in paint and makes the car move through the air that much smoother. Testing is showing a one- to two-percent drag reduction, McEachran said.
"The great thing is that it all coincides, NASA is high-tech and cutting-edge and that's exactly what we want to do," McEachran said.
Although they are street-legal, Bohmer's Ford GT and some of the other cars he brought are equipped with drag chutes to help slow them down at the end of a run, but the shuttle runway is so long that the drivers don't have to use them.
"On the shorter tracks, they have to deploy it every single time and repack it," Cox said. "Here they don't have to do that at all."
"I can go 260 and stop, it's just so long here," Bohmer said.
The International Mile Racing Association set up four tracks with timing gear so they could take advantage of the wind direction for their runs during their two days at the Shuttle Landing Facility. IMRA surveyed the runway and recording official times.
When the company returns, much of their legwork will have already been done and they can spend more time testing.
"Hopefully we can get General Motors and Ford involved and we can use some of NASA's camera equipment and other equipment," Bohmer said. "We have a lot of good ideas."
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center
PPG bag consecutive 1-2-3 on International Rally of Queensland
Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes are proud to have gained consecutive 1-2-3 podium position for the second year running . Wan-yu Rally Team China and MRF Rally Team China collected the hounours in this years closely fought rally in there Mitsubishi EVO X GRP-N cars using the PPG EVO X GRP-N Gearset .
HIGGINS, SMART WRAP UP ENTHRALLING INTERNATIONAL RALLY OF QUEENSLAND
A JAMES Bond movie stunt driver and an up-and-coming auto electrician stole the show with an enthralling finish to the International Rally of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast today.
Mark Higgins, a three-time British Rally Champion who was a stunt driver in the film Quantum of Solace, won round two of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship on his first attempt at the event.
With Welsh co-driver Ieuan Thomas, Higgins started the final gravel special stage just 1.4 seconds behind India’s Guarav Gill, but by the end of the 34 kilometre test had turned the deficit into a 15.8 sec. winning margin.
Katsu Taguchi, the defending Asia Pacific champion from Japan, finished third.
If the Asia Pacific finish was exciting, the result for heat two of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship second round was simply unprecedented.
Ryan Smart and John Allen, in a Toyota Corolla, took a second straight victory in the series with a measured drive that captured wins in eight of the 19 stages.
But at the start of the final stage, Smart, who is employed in his family’s automotive workshop in the nearby town of Yandina, had been last of three drivers separated by only 2.0 seconds. With a superb effort, he pulled back 15.4 sec. to win the heat and, combined with his heat one victory yesterday, the round.
Meanwhile, Victorians Mark Pedder and Justin Dowel scrapped every metre to the finish and, after 231 kms, two nights and two days of competition recorded identical total times of two hours 23 minutes and 7.1 seconds.
The fights-to-the-finish capped the biggest and best International Rally of Queensland on record.
The event started with a record 96 cars, including 16 from overseas representing drivers or teams from nine countries.
Among those that did not finish was the fancied Proton Motorsports Malaysian factory entry of Australian Chris Atkinson.
The Monaco-based Queenslander set fastest times in his Proton Satria Neo S2000 whenever he ran, but was stopped yesterday and today by an electrical problem and completed only five stages.
Teammate Alister McRae suffered similar problems but was able to fight on to finish fourth.
The weekend’s surprise front-runner Nathan Quinn, from Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, led for five stages yesterday but retired this morning with engine overheating.
Higgins played himself cautiously into an event he had not contested before.
“We were the only one who hadn’t been here before, so it took a little while to get up my confidence particularly on the quick stuff,” he said.
“But eventually I was able to get there and today we picked up three stage wins to put us in a strong position for the final fight.
“It’s great for Ieuan and I to win here. It’s a great event and a great series and we’re looking forward to getting to the next round in New Caledonia.”
Gill said: “We had a terrific fight today with Mark. We threw everything we had at it, but Mark was too good. It was a terrific rally.”
Ryan Smart, who had never won a national rally round before this year, yesterday endured a string of setbacks including an off, but had a faultless run today.
“It’s a bit of change from yesterday. We had a crack at it yesterday and threw it off the road.
“We had everything thrown at us. The competition is unbelievable, only two seconds between the top three cars going into the final stage.
“I just drove flat out all day, but it was a clear day with no mistakes.
“We’re absolutely stoked, home event and all that, it’s going to be a big party tonight.”
FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, rd 2
1 Mark Higgins (UK) / Ieuan Thomas (UK) Mitsubishi 2 hrs 22 min. 14.2 sec. total time
2 Guarav Gill (India) / Glen Macneal (NZ) Mitsubishi 2:22:30.0
3 Katsuhiko Taguchi (Japan) / Mark Stacey (Aus.) Mitsubishi 2:23:23.8
4 Alister McRae (UK) / Bill Hayes (Aus.) Proton 2:27:59.6
5 Rifat Sungkar (Indon.) / Scott Beckwith (Aus.) Mitsubishi 2:28:17.8
FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship drivers’ standings after rd 2
1 Guarav Gill 53 points
2 Alister McRae 41
3 Mark Higgins 39
4 Chris Atkinson 33
(source: aprc-fia news)
Again an JRM Mitsubishi Evolution X running with PPG straight cut gears has performed well in Europe. After successful seasons in previous years, the JRM team goes from strength to strength and the PPG components have again proven ultra reliable in high end motorsport applications. In this particular case, 19-year old Tom Cave from Aberdovey, together with Co-driver Craig Parry, delivered an impressive performance in a JRM Evolution X on Saturday’s Wyedean Rally, by finishing seventh overall and second in Group N.
Having arranged to hire a JRM car for the Forest of Dean-based event, with a view of going on to contest the British Rally Championship, Cave tested the Mitsubishi on Friday morning at Walters Arena and, following a few adjustments to the car’s setup, was very pleased with the way it performed.
On the very first of the day’s seven stages, he set the second-fastest time overall! An excellent performance in a new car and on his BTRDA and Wyedean Rally debut.
As other competitors more familiar with the stages and those in more powerful machinery started to push, Cave’s second place came under threat. However, his case was not helped when he suffered a number of spins during stage three.
At the service halt the team found a broken rear anti-roll bar link, which would have most certainly unsettled the car. Added to this, a change of tyres onto the type used for British Championship events was also suspected to have altered the way the car handled.
Even so, Cave never set a time outside the top ten in all of the event’s seven stages and was obviously enjoying his first experience in a JRM Mitsubishi. He was therefore extremely satisfied to finish second in Group N and seventh overall, amongst a field of 180 cars.
“I was very happy with the way the JRM Mitsubishi felt to drive. The team did a really good job”, said Cave. “Without the problems of the day I am sure we could have challenged for the class win and a higher overall placing. I therefore look forward to driving the car again now I have some experience of it – and hopefully I’ll be feeling better too!”
Team Manager John Barnes was extremely pleased with the outcome: “Tom drove really well and I’m delighted that the car performed so well too. I am also pleased that it has now been confirmed he will be with us for the first round of the British Championship.”
The JRM Rally Team will next be in action on the Rally Sunseeker, the opening round of the British Rally Championship, which takes place on 26 February. Cave will be joined at this event by Daniel Barry, who will drive another of the company’s Mitsubishi Evolution Xs.
(material text and image sourced from JRM newsletter - 14/2/11)
Stay tuned as the New PPG website is in the final stages of development!
We have also ramped up our online presence by launching the PPG Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Flickr pages. All designed to help customers stay in touch with the latest news, specials and PPG events. Become a fan today!