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thetunersgroup
29-10-08, 07:43 AM
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Hi All,

In what we think is probably one of the first times that any hard core JDM parts have ever been seen on an Aussie V8 Supercar, at both the L&H 500 and the Bathurst 1000 Paul Morris & Russell Ingall's Supercheap Auto V8 Supercar ran a Works Bell Rapfix GTC-R tilting steering wheel quick release system :) ...

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We were stoked to get Works Bell parts onto an Aussie V8, and even more stoked when we saw what Neil Crompton had to say about the Works Bell parts on the TV telecasts at both the L&H 500 at Phillip Island, and at the Bathurst 1000.

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You can view the video of it in the V8 at Bathurst & Phillip Island and see what Neil Crompton had to say about it here.

Click on this link to play the video ...
http://www.tunersgroup.com/Videos/Works_Bell_Rapfix_GTC_Video.html

More info about the Works Bell Rapfix GTC-R tilt steering wheel quick release system is here ...

http://www.tunersgroup.com/Online_Store/Works_Bell_Rapfix_GTC-R_Ball_Lock_Steering_Wheel_Quick_Release_Tilt_Syst em.html

The version for road car style steering wheels can be found here ...

http://www.tunersgroup.com/Online_Store/Works_Bell_Rapfix_GTC_Flip_Up_Tilting_Steering_Whe el_Quick_Release.html

- Adam

Gorilla
29-10-08, 08:17 AM
Mate thats awesome! Well done.

rupewrecht
29-10-08, 02:49 PM
Haha i'd wondered if you'd had anything to do that when i was watching the 1000 :lol:

trism
29-10-08, 03:20 PM
hahaha yeah me too, when i was watching it and saw they had it tilted up i was like hmmm i wonder if thats a works bell

BeEasy
29-10-08, 04:31 PM
Very cool, hopefully more V8 cars will realize and use this.

thetunersgroup
31-10-08, 06:48 PM
Hi guys,

Yep I was completely stoked to see a Works Bell quick release on a V8 Supercar. The footage made it onto the Bathurst highlights DVD too, so that's pretty cool too.

I've sent a copy of the Bathurst highlights DVD to Works Bell in Japan - it'll be interesting to see what the Japanese think about Mt Panorama - a lot of people outside of Australia have never heard of the Bathurst 1000.

I send this Bathurst video to a lot of guys I know overseas so they can get a taste for what Bathurst is all about, it's one of my favourite Bathurst videos ever ...

http://www.tunersgroup.com/Videos/Bathurst_2007_Track_Guide.html

Neil Crompton's comments in the TV telecast were not solicited by us either - he simply saw the Works Bell GTC-R on Morris & Ingall's car and thought it was a great idea so he mentioned it in the telecast.

The story behind how it came to be on the car is that Morris & Ingall's team called us prior to the L&H 500 at Phillip Island wanting to get a Works Bell Rapfix GTC-R for their V8 Supercar.

One of Morris' engineers had heard about Works Bell's products, and they wanted to fit a tilting GTC-R because Morris is taller than Ingall, and Morris was having issues getting in and out of the car with the car set up in a driving position that both Morris & Ingall could use comfortably.

When you are a company like ours that only sells the very highest quality products available, it is inevitable that those parts are going to end up on race cars at the very highest levels of motorsport, and when those parts provide a competitive advantage to the teams that use them, they get mentioned in TV coverage. I just didn't expect that kind of publicity so soon after we started distributing Works Bell's products in Australia :)

You simply can't buy that kind of publicity - the only way to get it is by making the highest quality quick releases in the world.

While Morris & Ingall are arguably not the most popular drivers if you ask some other drivers, aggressive driving can be very exciting to watch.

While this is a pretty infamous video involving Ingall & Skaife ...

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=q7TzEnvt3as

... this video is to me what Ingall is all about - it's his 2008 Bathurst shootout lap ...

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=hEOp8cGavR4

See this page for an "interesting" quote from Morris about some other V8 drivers ...

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24170273-5001023,00.html

- Adam

DR-JEKL
31-10-08, 06:56 PM
Hi All,

In what we think is probably one of the first times that any hard core JDM parts have ever been seen on an Aussie V8 Supercar, at both the L&H 500 and the Bathurst 1000 Paul Morris & Russell Ingall's Supercheap Auto V8 Supercar ran a Works Bell Rapfix GTC-R tilting steering wheel quick release system :) ...

- Adam

I don't mean to be a smart arse but the dunlop control tyres used a few years ago were manufactured in Japan :)

I can recall around 7-8 years ago we had a JGTC driver here along with a few BTCC drivers for bathurst. I can recall the Japanese driver stating the car felt a lot heavier and bigger to drive then what he was used to :D

thetunersgroup
31-10-08, 07:40 PM
I don't mean to be a smart arse but the dunlop control tyres used a few years ago were manufactured in Japan :)

Haha - I'm not sure if I'd call a Dunlop control tyre a hardcore JDM part ;)

- Adam

thetunersgroup
31-10-08, 10:02 PM
Very cool, hopefully more V8 cars will realize and use this.

Me too :)

I actually had a really funny call from an engineer the other day who called us up and sounded like he thought he was breaking some kind of secret news to us that V8 supercars were now using flip up quick releases - like he was the only one who knew about it and he had some kind of scoop.

I said to him "yeah, that quick release you saw is one of the Works Bell quick releases we sell".

He was like "oh". LOL

It does make sense for other V8 teams to use them though - if they don't have one, then the teams that do use them will potentially have a time advantage in pit stops ...

In the video, Skaife's driver change took at least 48 seconds - the video starts just as they get the airguns on the front wheels and the car pops up on the air jacks.

By contrast, Morris & Ingall's driver change at Bathurst was completed in just 32 seconds start to finish - at least 16 seconds faster.

Considering how much money is spent on engines etc in V8 supercars, to gain 16 seconds for a few hundred dollars is something all the V8 teams should be interested in.

- Adam

Wink
07-11-08, 12:01 AM
Just saw this video

Top stuff mate.

thetunersgroup
07-11-08, 08:05 PM
Just saw this video

Top stuff mate.

Thanks !

- Adam

thetunersgroup
04-12-08, 07:08 PM
Hi All,

Today we announced a new product from Works Bell called the "Rapfix GTC Hybrid".

It is a tilting quick release which is compatible with both standard 6 bolt road car style Momo bolt pattern and 6 bolt Nardi bolt pattern road car style steering wheels, and also features the glove friendly release handle of the competition version Rapfix GTC-R as seen on Morris & Ingall's V8 at Phillip Island and Bathurst.

See this post for more info ...

http://forum.jdmstyletuning.com/showthread.php?t=13425

- Adam