Tuff Truck is an event XFORCE have been involved in one way or another over the past few years, previously sponsoring the event and in more recent years sponsoring the Rock Mulisha Daihatsu F20 built and driven by James and Glenn Gosper.
Coming from a background of fabrication it is no surprise that the Gosper Family have got their hands on every corner of this truck and improved it where possible. By taking a do it once and do it right approach to the build the Gosper family have created a great performer with reliability to match.
This little beast sits atop four massive 43 inch tyres powered by a 2.7L 3RZ borrowed from the Toyota Hilux which is provided with a little extra encouragement in the form of a garret GT2860RS.
Exhaust gasses are disposed of through a 3” turbo back system finishing with an XFORCE exhaust tip just behind the B pillar. Helping to develop a healthy 350hp in truck only weighing 1740kg, making it a top contender in the 2015 Tough Truck Challenge.
Team XFORCE Rock Mulisha had an early win in engineering before taking stage wins on Mud Rat’s Revenge and Mini Wiraba to place them in tied second with Team Redzook. After a count back second place was awarded to Team Redzook with Team XFORCE taking a well deserved third place in the Tuff Truck Challenge 2015.
It has been an eventful season for the TEKNO Autosports and the Darrell Lea STIX V8 supercar sponsored by XFORCE with round six at the Townsville 400 proving to be no different.
The weekend got off to a shaky start with vibration issues from the cars drivetrain in Friday’s second practice session, an unwelcome setback to the teams event program.
A quick fix and a new transaxle had the car back on track for Saturday morning’s final practice session ready for qualifying, however a slight miscommunication between the crew resulted in sets of tyres being mismatched, resulting in a rear of grid start for race 16.
Shane van Gisbergen managed to power through the race moving up 15 positions throughout the race to finish in 10th overall, a welcome boost of confidence for the whole team going into Sundays program.
Sunday Started of well, qualifying 6th and moving up to 3rd on starting grid in the Top Ten Shootout leading into race 17. A heated battle between Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander unfolded throughout the race, however Van Gisbergen dropped back into the pack during the final stages of the race.
The Townsville 400 was a test of patience and skill for TEKNO Autosports as they battled to put points on the board. The Darrell Lea STIX VF Commodore will next be on track at the Ipswich SuperSprint 31 – 2 August 2015.