Possibly irreplaceable classic racing cars destroyed at Winton Raceway today.
Race leader Jason Gomersoll spun unassisted and was hit by a number of other cars. The pile-up that followed took out most of the front runners and has apparently destroyed some cars and, according to Facebook chatter, injured a few drivers including Bernie Stack and John Bowe.
The race was abandoned after this incident.
One of the most enduring motor sport engine and gearbox configurations is the ‘North-South’ mid-engine layout with a transaxle mounted behind the motor. For a manufacturer or a well-funded race team, designing a purpose built or high-end transaxle is not a difficult decision to make. For those of us on limited budgets or ‘green field’ design ability, we are left to pick through the second hand market for something suitable. The biggest limitation for most transaxles available is the ability to take the sort of power even standard modern engines produce. The next problem is whether they can be adapted to suit the intended purpose. Some can have the diff ‘flipped’ to reverse the direction of drive, and others can’t. The intention of this article is to explore the common options in the marketplace, and to develop an on-going resource as the marketplace changes over the years.
This resource will be updated as new information comes to hand. This information has been accumulated from internet searches, forums and in rare instances where manufacturers have provided data. Some of the more difficult data is physical dimensions and the amount of torque they are rated to survive. We will gladly update this resource with information from our readers! Take a copy of the attached Excel file, add your own data and we will update this page once the information has been verified.
Photographs by Joanne Hansor
A different kind of drag race
The Hi Tec Oils Snowy Mountains 1000 is a one kilometre drag race held annually over two days at the Cooma Airport in New South Wales. 2013 was the second year of the event; one of only three of its kind in the country. While drag racing is one of the very few forms of motorsport not covered by Race Magazine, the variety of cars that attend make it a very interesting and fun event. There are not too many times one can simply wind the car out to see what it will do. Lining up behind exotic supercars such as the Ferrari 458 Italia of Sebastian Giampaolo, Lamborghini Gallardo of James Hodge and Adam Kaplan’s Pagani Zonda C12S (the only one in Australia) is a multitude of sports sedans, drift cars and modified street cars. Surprisingly the one genre of competitive vehicles that was barely represented was drag cars!