XFORCE has teamed up with local drifter Nick ‘DriftKid’ Coulson for the 2013/14 season as naming rights sponsor. We would like to wish Nick and his team all the very best for the season ahead from everyone at XFORCE. We can’t wait to see Nick sideways in his high powered VE Commodore UTE!
We focus strongly on research & development which ensures that their diverse range of exhaust product are of powerful engineering precision, stylish practically designed to maximise & most importantly, technically innovative such as their patent VAREX muffler application which in itself, is an exhaust revolution. The focus on innovation & extensive quality controls enables us to provide you with an exhaust system that has outstanding performance values.
Nick’s VE SS Drift ute will be using the new XFORCE 304 stainless, mandrel bent and TIG welded with 1 7/8” four into one design headers that have a laser cut flange plate for more response and horsepower.
The UTE is now equipped with a Twin 3 inch mandrel bent system with two perforated “hot dog” style resonators per side and also features the “X” pipe exhaust gas balancing system which increase power and torque.
Nick & the Team XFORCE are looking forward to an exciting & rewarding season. Be sure to visit them at the next ADGP round at Mallala.
The Sandown V8 UTES round marked the date for the release of our new Race Headers for all 32 Holden and Ford UTES on the grid. The newly released headers is now combined with our custom made XFORCE cat back exhaust systems on all competing cars. Drivers praised the new headers all weekend with the newly found pace in increased power and response from the newly designed header. The spectators were also loving it with the extra grunt expelling ground sounds into the grandstands.
Two racers claimed important races at the Sandown 500 last weekend. Nathan Pretty won Race 3 and Round 5 of the Auto One V8 Ute racing series while Rhys McNally took the victory in Race 2. However, all events were packed with laps of excitement.
Rhys McNally and Terry Bull posing with the beautiful XFORCE girls.
Race 2 saw Craig Dontas of Thirsty Camels starting on the Pole based on the top 11 reverse grid. Dontas held the lead until lap 6 when Rhys McNally pushed his Stratco Holden and overtook first place and never looked back.
“It was great to get the car back up the front, we had a shocker in Townsville and lacked pace, so it was good to have the Ute towards the pointy end and score some good points to try and keep the championship alive,” said Rhys McNally.
With teammate Nathan Pretty pressuring him, Dontas drove the remainder of Race 2 tight to hold onto second place. Elliot Barbour took fourth, Andrew Fisher with his Jesus Racing Ford FG took fifth, while Mike Almond, Kim Jame, Ryal Harris, and Tony Longhurst in The Boat Works Holden took the following spots consecutively.
After telling XFORCE about the increased power and sound of the exhausts fitted on all 32 race Utes this season, Kim Jane pose for a quick picture.
Far behind Pretty, both Kris Walton and Ryan Hansford showed timid driving and were unable to seal a top 3 finish due to individual issues including a broken rim on Hansford’s Ute while Walton steered clear of not receiving any damage to avoid another 35 championship point suspension penalty he received when he contacted Pretty in race 1.
The greatest battle in Race 2 could have been between Gerard McLeod and “The Assassin” Jane for either place during lap number 10 when Jane made an aggressive move to overtake McLeod. Preceding the passing, McLeod got caught up with Harris, who stalled on the grid, and Harris ended up contacting the Macmahon Mining Ute and was assessed a 26 second post-race penalty.
For Race 3, Pretty and his Milwaukee Ute started on the front of the grid next to Rhys McNally and his Stratco Holden. However, going into turn one, McNally locked up and went wide allowing for Pretty to pass with ease being able to win almost 4 seconds ahead of second place.
“It was awesome after my little spit yesterday, I calmed down overnight and all the rest of it and put my head down and it turned out really well, so pretty happy for all the guys. They’ve been working pretty hard back at the workshop and we’ve actually been testing now for a chance and that’s what’s paying dividends, actually getting out on the track prior, doing some miles and tweaking it and the results are showing that,” said Pretty.
Chelsea and Alannah with XFORCE enjoying the racing action.
In this race, Dontas and Elliot Barbour were the stars for their fight for second place when the Guide Dogs Victoria bonnet touched the back of the Thirsty Camel Ute which sent Dontas off the track. Barbour was penalized with a drive through four laps after being called in.
“It was a good Race, a lot of fun. I ran up the front with the guys, I stuffed qualifying, but it was good to get back up there. I’m a bit annoyed to get stuffed over by Elliot (Barbour), but good to be there, I had an absolute ball,” Dontas said.
Ryal Harris overtook Dontas on lap 7 and secured second place and third overall for the Round. Dontas settled in for third while Almond’s Copyworld Racing Holden and Andrew Fisher finished fourth and fifth respectively. Kim Jame, McNally, David Sieders, and Ryan Hansfor finished off the top ten.
Round 6 of the V8 Ute Racing will take place at the Bathurst 1000 event 10-13 October at Mount Panorama. (Check local guides)
Justin Fox: Today I got some XForce headers and an XForce high flow cat installed at Kirrawee Mufflers on my NA8C Mazda MX5. Driving the car back to work after installation was hilarious, mainly because my engine bay was pouring out smoke from the heat wrap bedding in (definitely turned a few heads!!!).
Old headers came out and oh my… just look at them! They’re so ugly, and obviously a lot more restrictive than the XForce headers.
Pete decided to re-use the steel gasket (after cleaning it up) rather than a fibre gasket. The way he sees it, nothing can go wrong with the steel gasket (whereas a fibre gasket could deteriorate/fall apart).
Headers sitting pretty in the engine bay.
The XForce cat was very short and the guys had to weld on angled tubes to get it to match up with the header’s flange and the exhaust flange too. Such finicky work, so awesome to watch them get there.
Cat all done. Power wise I definitely feel a noticeable difference. Amazingly the car feels punchier down low at around 3000rpm and when I hit 7,000rpm in first and shift into 2nd it gives off an awesome pop out the back (love it!).
Sound wise I can hear a difference, it’s not noisier, it’s just a little different. I can’t quite hear the ‘rustling’ header noise I’m used to on past cars I’ve updated the headers on, but then again I was driving top down (and when I’m top down I can’t hear my intake either).