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  1. Following on from the BetEazy Darwin Triple Crown, Chaz Mostert and Tickford Racing team headed to Townsville. Introduced to the Supercars Championship calendar 10 years ago in 2009, the Townsville 400 is made up of two 200km races held on the Saturday and Sunday around the technical 2.85km long street circuit which comprises of 13 turns. The format has remained the same for the past 10 years with the exception of 2014 when it was the Townsville 500, made up of two 125km races on the Saturday and one 250km race on the Sunday. Having scored his 6th podium after 7 rounds, Chaz was feeling positive after good results at the end of the first half of the season and was looking forward to getting back to the Queensland track. “It’s always good to get to Townsville, it’s a fun track and a great event, so I’m looking forward to getting back in the Supercheap rocket and trying to chip away towards the pointy end. Darwin was pretty good to us, with the development we’ve had in the cars I think we’ve definitely made some gains, obviously we’ll continue with that track and hopefully have a positive weekend in the sunshine.” Friday’s sessions didn’t prove to be ideal for Mostert in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang after he was only able to complete ten laps. Chaz sat out most of Practice 1 due to the wet conditions, but was then plagued by an electrical issue in the Mustang during Practice 2 which wasn’t fixed until late in the session. His day ended with 16th and 14th positions across the two sessions. Not a total loss, but disappointing having stood on the podium at the previous round. “I’m not gutted from the results, or where we are on the times sheets, I’m just gutted that we didn’t get the track running we probably wanted to today. We had some things that we really wanted to get a bit of an idea on, so this really put us on the back foot for this weekend. I’m not sure how we’ll roll out tomorrow, but we’ll just try to recover the best way we can. Obviously we’ve got some quick team mates, so that’s fantastic from a team point of view to try to rely on. We’ll look forward to tomorrow, onwards and upwards, and we’ll see how we go.” On Saturday Chaz hit the ground running and managed to put the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang on the front row of the grid with a qualifying time of 1m12.22s. This second place start was a huge boost for Chaz and after a long 200km race he managed to come in third, bringing his 47th career podium and 7th of the season “I’m super pumped to get a trophy here, I’ve been trying for a lot of years, and always seemed to come up short, so I got the monkey off my back. I’m a lot of years into my career, but this has always been the one to get away from us. For me, I had a pretty reasonable start, running a bit of a different, wild card, a bit like Jamie (Whincup) this weekend. (It probably has) better qualifying pace, but the race car we’ll have to make a little bit better. Overall, it seemed pretty quick, I just couldn’t quite hang onto these guys (Scott McLaughlin and Whincup) as much as I’d like to, and overall I pat the guys on the back. I think they’ve done a pretty good job with the mentality of going forward.” Sunday’s qualifying didn’t go quite as well as the day before for Chaz who dropped back 14 positions from his Saturday start. Chaz did manage to get a great race start in very tricky conditions with rain starting to sprinkle on the Townsville circuit which catapulted him into 9th place on the first lap. Sadly his fight to get back into podium contention wasn’t meant to be with an incorrect fuel delivery amount during a stop meaning he had to stop again in the closing stages in order to take 5th place legally. “A bit gutted to be honest. The car was really, really good in the slippery conditions, and there was some stuff we did at the start, even before the race started, and the weather just didn’t go our way. Obviously it was great to have a fast car, but that extra pit stop at the end hurt our finishing position. A bit gutted, P5, most people would kill for that result, but when you feel you can get a trophy and maybe even on that top step, it hurts that it eluded us today.” With two solid race results, Chaz moves into 4th place in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with only a 29 point deficit on SGV and a 6 point lead over David Reynolds who sits in 5th. Racing continues July 26-28 at the Century Batteries Ipswitch SuperSprint. For more information on Bendix visit; ✓ https://www.bendix.com.au/bendix-news ✓ https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop/ ✓ https://www.instagram.com/bendix workshop/ ✓ https://www.youtube.com/user/BendixTV
  2. Ford Ranger PX Mk I First Generation 2010- 2015 Designed right here in Australia for the global market, by the Ford Motor company it demonstrated that our engineers were world class. The Ford Range PX was first unveiled at the Australian International Motor show in Sydney October 2010 and went into production in 2011. The Ranger received much acclaim across the industry and received a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, with the top of the range Wildtrak model equipped with Dual Front, Head and Side Airbags, Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Limited Slip Differential plus a host of external and internal styling upgrades which made it a hit with consumers. The Ford Ranger was produced in a choice of single or dual-cab or cab-chassis with a wide range of trim levels. There was a choice of 6 speed manual or the optional six-speed automatic gearbox in 4WD and 2WD variants. Engine selection started with the 2.5-litre petrol engine which was aimed at the fleet market but the pick of the bunch was either of the turbo diesel models, the 2.2 litre version making 110 kW and 375Nm of torque or for those needing more power there was 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel making a very healthy 147 kW and 470 Nm of torque. The 3.2 litre Turbo teamed with the optional six-speed automatic gearbox not only gave good highway performance, but also enough power to tackle bigger towing jobs, yet remained easy to drive in heavy traffic, not something you can normally say about a modern utility vehicle. Ford Ranger PX II 2015- 2018 In 2015, the Ford Ranger PX MKII was launched with a mid-cycle update, the front fascia adopting elements of Ford Kinetic Design. In place of the rectangular three-bar grille, the Ranger adopted a slightly oval grille with a single centre bar. Trim levels remained quite varied, kicking off with the XL, moving up to XL Plus, XLS, XLT and topping out with the Wildtrak model. The 2.2 Litre diesel turbo engine was up on power by 8kW and 10Nm of torque and continued to be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission in 2WD, 2WD Hi-Rider and 4WD drivetrains. Ford Ranger PX Mk III 2018 to current Unveiled by Ford in Thailand in 2018, the Ford Ranger Raptor was the new high-performance truck geared for off-road driving. With a tougher frame, pumped-out mudguards, long-travel suspension and chunky BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres it certainly looks the part. The Raptor shares the same EcoBlue 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel found in higher grades of the 2019 Ranger models and it’s Euro 5-compliant which avoids the need for AdBlue. The sequential turbochargers meant a power output of 157kW and 500Nm of torque, which peaks within a very narrow 250rpm band between 1750-2000rpm. It has 10kW more power and 30Nm more torque than the Ranger’s venerable 3.2 litre five-cylinder diesel. It is now mated to the 10-speed torque converter automatic is shared with the F-150 Raptor. Its broad spread of closely-spaced ratios and unique-to-Raptor calibrations allow quick shifts with minimal rpm drops between them in either full auto mode, or manual mode using the sequential paddle shifters. The 4x4 Drivetrain is part-time dual-range with a lockable rear diff and 'Terrain Management System' offering up six driving modes, including a Baja mode specifically for ‘spirited’ off-road driving with reduced intervention of traction control, more aggressive shift mapping. Overall it is one big beast of a 4WD with a $74,990 price tag to match. After the launch of the Raptor, Ford announced that it will now sell its XLT and Wildtrak ute variants with the same 157kW/500Nm 2 litre twin-turbo diesel mated to the 10-speed automatic drivetrain. The Ranger line-up also wears a fresh look thanks to a cleaner front grille similar to the US-spec pick-up. XLT variants gain LED daytime running lights and HID headlights in the update, while Wildtrak buyers now have the option of a new ‘Sabre’ orange exterior colour. Safety systems also receive an update with auto emergency braking being made available as an option in addition to lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning for XLT and Wildtrak models. Both variants also gain traffic sign recognition and active park assist technologies, which is available optionally in the XLT and as standard on Wildtrak. Inside, Ford says the “interior hosts an array of upgrades to help tackle the working week, the long-weekend road trip, or the off-road adventure” thanks to “durable, tactile surface finishes ensuring a long lifespan with a quality touch and feel”. The suspension set-up has also been overhauled across the Ranger range in the update, aimed at reducing body roll and improving the driving experience under full load conditions. Braking Systems for the Ford Ranger Braking systems have been fairly consistent across the Ford Ranger models with Bendix producing the 4WD SUV brake pad compound to suit most consumer driving needs. That said, there are some quirks across the years and models in relation to the brake linings so to ensure correct fitment please go to https://www.bendix.com.au/manufacturer/ford/series/ranger-2011-on-px Front brakes available: DB2074-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix DB1681-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix Rear brake shoes available BS1769 Rear brake shoes BS5021 Rear brake shoes BS5023 Rear brake shoes About Bendix 4WD SUV brake pads: Bendix 4WD/SUV pads are manufactured for extreme strength and structural integrity utilising the best available technology. Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are built to withstand heat build-up that comes from frequent braking in heavy city traffic one day and towing or outback driving the next. All 4WD/SUV front pads are grooved which significantly improves performance especially when trekking off road. The groove is used to help expel any water, dust or dirt that comes into contact with the pad which becomes more prevalent when travelling off the beaten track. To find out more about the 4WD SUV click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  3. 1. Shad’s 1974 Mazda RX-4 One of the first cars I heard, saw and smelt upon arriving at Rolling30. It’s not often that you have the pleasure of seeing a street driven Luce Rotary; most are reserved for the drag-strip alongside the RX-2s & RX-3s. Shad was able to find his RX-4 about 5 years ago from south of the border, down Victoria way, already sporting a few mods with a Cosmo 13B Turbo engine and a Series 5 RX7 gearbox. Wanting to stand apart from the crowds, he went to PAC to help him build the car into a tough, reliable street car. PAC Performance definitely built this car tough with a 13B bridge ported motor from a series 8 RX-7 with a tasty GT51R Turbo hanging off the side coupled with a Turbosmart EBoost 2 & Blow Off Valve. Underneath the car you’ll find a C4 Auto gearbox, 9” Truetrac LSD and 15” RC Components Fusion Street Fighter Wheels; customized by PAC Performance. This RX4 is now making 600HP thanks to a Microtech LT16C ECU and a custom PAC fuel tank housing triple pumps to push that sweet E85 through. Of course, being a PAC car, it has taken a trip down the drag strip and joined the 9 second club running 9.7sec at 139 mph. The final thing Shad is looking to do is finish off the interior of the car, which currently houses a full roll cage as the main modification. 2. Mark’s 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is definitely an interesting sports car and Mark’s is a fine example of the 2+2 coupe. Built in Germany from 1955 to 1974, there were just over 445,000 cars produced, combining the chassis & mechanicals of a Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle with styling from Italy’s Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-build bodywork by Germany’s Wilhelm Karmann GmbH. Mark purchased the car in 2008 and spent the next 5 years rebuilding the car from the ground up in his garage with the help of friends and family, including a full respray. The 1916 Type 1 VW Engine was rebuilt in October 2018 by WPVW to make 125HP at the wheels, with plenty of goodies from CB Performance including match-ported manifolds, wedgeport heads and 5.5 journal rods. The car is also running 40mm IDF Webers with 34mm venturis. Rolling around on 16” x 6” Porsche Fuch rims, Mark enjoys getting out and touring the car around NSW & Victoria. 3. Jared’s 1966 Austin-Healey Sprite MK III The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car designed as a low-cost model that “a chap could keep in his bike shed”. The cars have quite a successful race-pedigree, placing 12th at Le Mans in 1965, and several class wins at Sebring with Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren & Steve McQueen behind the wheel. Interestingly, the Sprites were imported into Australia as a completely knocked down kit and assembled in Enfield, NSW. Jared’s Sprite, however, came from New Zealand, where it had done some classic Targa rallying. The factory 1.1L A-Series I4 engine, making a grand total of 59 HP, had already be ditched for the Toyota 4AGE engine, but the work was not up to Australian standards, so Jared spent a couple of years rebuilding the car with his brother Josh to get it to where it is today. The new 4AGE Big Port Engine is from an AE86, it’s had the EFI removed and converted to twin 40mm Dellorto side draft carby, to keep it somewhat period correct. The pistons, heads, camshafts & cam gears have all been upgraded to make 138HP at the rear wheels, but there’s still a bit more in the engine before Jared is happy with it. Underneath the car you’ll find a set of 13”x 6” Superlite rims, 2 piece full floating 4340 Billet Axles (with a lifetime guarantee), and a 3.7:1 LSD. The power is put to the ground through an AE86 T50 5 speed box with an Exedy heavy duty clutch and ultralight flywheel, and seeing as the car only weighs 695kg, it would definitely be a fun drive, especially through the twisties. Jared has a few more plans for the car, including a roll cage and some interior mods to go with the power plans. 4. Brett’s 1978 Mitsubishi Lancer A70 There are plenty of lancers on the road under different marketing badges around the world: Colt, Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler Valiant, Hindustan. There’s been plenty of evolutions of the model, 9 in fact, so you’d be forgiven if you were to mistake Brett’s car for something else. The car started out new in the family where Brett’s father sold it at Pember’s Chrysler, but then had it traded back in 1984 for a Mitsubishi Sigma. It was given to Brett as his first car, and has been slowly modified over time, first as a daily driver and then to a super sprint car starting at Oran Park in 1987. The car now sees the track at Wakefield on a semi-regular basis where Brett’s son races it predominately. The original engine has been replaced with a Mitsubishi 2.4 Sirius 4G64 engine with dual 45mm Weber carbys, 12:1 compression forged pistons, a ported head and mild camshafts to make 180 HP with plenty of torque. The car has also borrowed several parts from a Sigma including the gearbox, a 4.9:1 LSD from a MK I Cortina and the brakes from a Scorpion. The 14” x 7” Performance Superlite wheels with Nitto Semi-Slicks keep the car firmly on the racetrack! 5. 1992 Ferrari 512 TR “TestaRossa” Despite being outside of the 30 year limit for Rolling30, this gorgeous Ferrari 512 TR in Giallo Modena came by with the hopes of getting out on track to give the crowds the aural pleasure of the 4.9 liter rear-mounted flat 12 at full song. The car was also up for sale, and I’m sure plenty of people would love to have this beauty in their garages after years of it sitting on their walls growing up. This example finished in Ferrari Nero Stellato yellow with original 5 spoke alloy wheels is a complete concourse car with no modifications. There is not a lot to say but wow! 6. 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO Phase IV A piece of ‘almost’ racing history was out on track at Rolling30 – 2 of 4 XA GT-HO Phase IV sedans ever produced. The production of the car, for homologation to the Group E Series Production Touring Car series aiming for the 1972 Hardie-Ferodo race at Bathurst, was cut short when on the 25th June 1972 the Sun-Herald published an article entitled “160MPH ‘Super Cars’ Soon” sparked the New South Wales Minister for Transport, Milton Morris, to call for a ban on the supercars three days later. On the fourth day the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) announced the end of the Group E regulations, replacing them with Group C regulations which allowed modified versions of road cars to compete, and thus removing the need for manufacturers to develop road-going race vehicles. Ford officially ceased production on Sunday 2nd July after one car had been produced, with three others in various stages of construction at Ford Special Vehicles; their internal race division. Hand built seam-welded and a blueprinted engine producing almost 400HP. This intact factory race car with under 5000 miles is one of the only three manufactured by Ford Special Vehicles for Allan Moffat & Fred Gibson. 7. Aaron’s 1951 Chevy 3100 Pickup ‘Memphis Hell’ Aaron’s 51 Chev is definitely a head turner, guaranteed to attract attention anywhere it goes, and when your business is building cars like it for a living, that’s a unique business card to hold. Aaron was lucky to purchase the car for $1,500, but has invested plenty into it since then, both time and resources. The roof has been chopped, doors and bonnet shaved, engine bay built and there’s plenty of work done in the rear tub too. Underneath the car you’ll find a Expensive Daewoo Rodeo chassis & floor pan, keeping it in the GM family, with a 5L v8 engine and t56 6 speed manual box. The car sits millimeters off the ground thanks to the 4 link, air bagged suspension on the notched chassis and a set of staggered Simmons OM rims – 17”x10” on the front and 18”x12” in the rear. Over the last 10 years the car has constantly evolved; starting out as an LPG at Ocean Grove in Victoria when he started building it with his dad, moving to Carby petrol, and now injected. The retro race style is Aaron’s latest, and who know where it will go next. 8. Jason’s 1982 Expensive Daewoo VH Commodore – Brock HDT Race Tribute Jason had a couple of Commodores at Rolling 30, but this VH took our eye with the HDT Brock/Perkins livery of the winning car from the 1982 James Hardie 1000. The 308 under the hood with a cold air intake is all you need to make 215kW at the HDT 20” Aero wheels. Jason was super busy running his cars on the day so we settled on grabbing some detailed snaps of the car and listening to that tough 308 open up around the GP circuit. Check out the video here To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  4. Coming into a very hot Darwin race weekend Chaz was keen to improve on his 6th place standing in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. This round was held at Hidden Valley in the Northern Territory and the track is known for its high speeds and fast lap times. It’s a 2.87 kilometre 14 corner technical circuit with sweeping bends and a long 1.1 kilometre main straight. So lots of opportunity for passing and also drama which the Darwin round never fails to deliver! The Tickford team opened the weekend with a series of strong practice sessions with Chaz posting the fastest time in Practice 1 and then going P4 in Practice 2 with a 1m06.33s. The qualifying session went mostly to plan with the No. 55 posting a 1m06.32s and lining up 6th on the grid. Tickford went into race 15 with an aggressive pit strategy that gave Chaz Mostert the track position to notch his sixth podium of 2019 and a second-place finish in the first race of the Darwin Triple Crown. Chaz gave us his thoughts on Race 15 “We were very lucky there at the end. It’s been – I was saying – probably two, three years since we’ve had the ability to do an aggressive strategy and come home probably a bit sadder on tyres than some others, but every day you get a trophy from doing it is a good strategy call, so credit to Adam (De Borre, engineer). He stuck to his guns, had a crack, and the trophy was a team effort today. The boys were really quick in the pit stops, no fumbling around, and I just tried to hold onto the tyres, but the temperature up here is really hard. The end of the race was pretty interesting for us, I was looking in the mirror, I saw Davey Reynolds – he’s a pretty hard charger – he was coming for me, and then there was, you know, more fresh tyres behind him, coming and coming. I was probably lucky that Scotty McLaughlin kind of buggered off down the road a little bit and gave me a bit of clean air to just focus on looking after the tyres, and P2 is all we had today.” Race 16 qualifying started well with Chaz posting the 3rd fastest time, only to drop to 8th in the Top 10 shootout with a 1m06.22s. Chaz lamented prior to the race start “ We dropped a bit in the last sector and finished P8 in the shootout, but on the plus side I think we have a good race car and I’m ready to race” Moving into the race and starting 8th on the grid the No.55 managed to have a clean start and move up two positions after a late strategy call for new tyres which enabled him to jump his team mates Will Davidson and Lee Holdsworth. Looking back on the race with Chaz “We just stuck to our strategy. The top four was probably the best result we could get, but just ran out of puff there at the end to get back to there. It is what it is, P6 is a good bank of points, just not where we want to be. We still have some work to do, obviously, and we’ll keep fighting.” Team principal Tim Edwards gave us his thoughts on the weekend: “All told that’s a really good weekend for us. Our car speed was very good and for the most part we executed very well. The only difference right now is while our cars are very good a couple of cars – one car in particular – are doing great. We’re really happy with the results, and right now we’ve got four cars in the top ten of the championship, which is incredibly hard to do in any championship. We’ve got to recognise that, but at the same time we’re racers, and we want more than fourth place, so we have to keep working.” Next up is the Watpac Townsville 400 in the Far North of Queensland on July 5th -7th. Which means a lot of miles for the team back home in Melbourne to prepare the car before the long drive to Townsville in 3 weeks’ time. Stay tuned to see how Chaz and the No.55 Supercheap Auto Racing Mustang supported by Bendix goes on the streets of Townsville! Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  5. For June we went car hunting at Rolling 30! A new event held at Sydney Motorsport Park featuring cars built more than 30 years ago. With amazing old school muscle cars, customs and exotics there was no better place to be on the weekend. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  6. Following on from the training poster we developed to provide a deeper understanding of how the Bendix braking system works, we decided to take this concept to the next level. A visit to the Bendix website will reveal a full 3D version of the Bendix Brake System Guide which gives the viewer full 360 degree insight into the system. https://www.bendix.com.au/help/the-bendix-brake-system-guide-an-intro-to-bendix-disc-brake-function-and-maintenance To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  7. First Generation BK 2003-2008 When the Mazda3 hit the Australian shores, it was a breath of fresh air design-wise, in both external styling and internal trim. The BK Mazda3 replaced the outdated and somewhat boring 323 in January 2004 but maintained some of the core Mazda ethos of being practical, affordable, and well built. But now there was more, not only did it look good it was sporty, fun-to-drive and had character. The Mazda 3 came in a choice of hatch and sedan and was powered by 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines mated to a front wheel drive manual or automatic gearbox. The original Mazda3 was based on the common Ford Focus C1 platform and came in several models starting at the $21,000 mark with the base Neo, Maxx, Maxx Sport and the sporty SP23. All the models enjoyed the modern perks of 6 airbags, remote central locking, four or six speaker sound system and climate control. The Maxx Sport featured cosmetic styling that including a body kit, front fog lamps and larger alloy wheels. Leading the new performance slant for Mazda was the 2.3L naturally aspirated SP23 which made 115kW and 203Nm and was priced from $29,600. It offered even more refinement with upgraded wheels and body kit, Dynamic Stability Control & Traction Control System. Inside, the SP23 was fitted with high quality seats and door cloth trim courtesy of its big brother the MPS. Mazda pulled out all the stops and released the Mazda3 MPS, a 2.3L DISI MZR Turbo engine making 190kW and 380 Nm of power. This menacing hatch featured pumped guards, aero kit, sports suspension, 18-inch wheels wrapped in grippy Bridgestone tyres and a Recaro interior with BOSE sound system. Second Generation BL 2010-2013 Mazda took the strengths of the initial BK 3’s build quality and driver appeal and then added some refinements; larger engine capacities and a new styling package for the front and rear of the car, without straying too far from the winning formula. The result was a great small hatchback/sedan that now was a real alternative to popular rivals. Again we see the model line up catering for all budgets with the Neo, Maxx, Maxx Sport and a revised SP25 which now featured a 2.5 petrol engine making 122kW and 228Nm of torque. The range still featured a mostly Petrol engine line up with a diesel variant and choice of front wheel drive manual or auto gearbox. What was new is the introduction of the SP20 Skyactiv and SP20 Skyactiv Luxury into the 3 range. This new engine technology was designed to improve fuel efficiency and the SP20 was just an entree. The two-litre four-cylinder packs a higher compression ratio, 16 variably-timed intake valves, double overhead cams and direct-injection, as well as the I-stop fuel-saver system. This new direction in Mazda engine tech and fuel efficiency signalled the death of the 2.3L DISI MZR Turbo powered MPS sadly when only in its second generation. Third Generation BM BN – 2013- 2019 The third generation Mazda3 was revealed in Australia mid-June 2013 and it now sat atop the new Skyactiv chassis which was available in hatch and sedan and no longer shared the Ford platform. It was the third vehicle to sport Mazda's 'KODO, Soul of Motion' design language, after the CX-5 and the Mazda6. The Mazda3 was without doubt the brands most important new vehicle launch into Australia with over 10 percent of all the 3.8 million Mazda3’s built worldwide sold into our local market. Despite the model change Mazda maintained a similar line up within the range, offering various trim specifications with the Neo, Maxx, Touring and the more upmarket models of SP25, SP25 GT and Astina. The 3’s Petrol engine choice has been limited down to a 2.0-litre petrol engine making 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque at 4000 rpm, and a new 2.5-litre petrol unit producing 138kW, and 250 Nm. Mazda’s Skyactiv engines now use about 30 per cent less fuel than the units they replaced. The XD Astina Diesel model made a healthy 129kW of power and punched out 420Nm of torque but it was also very expensive compared to Petrol models in the line-up. Transmissions are also an area of improvement with a slick shifting six-speed manual and six-speed automatic, which also claims fuel efficacy improvements. Fourth Generation BP- 2019 onwards The current generation Mazda3 comes out again in hatch and small sedan and both have an improved KODO Design language from the engineers at Mazda cutting a refind look for this top selling model. The old base Neo, Neo Sport and Maxx Sport grades are gone, replaced by the G20 Pure and G20 Evolve in the Mazda3 line up. The company has maintained its premium models with the SP25, G25 GT's and in the case of the G25 Atenza, it’s a proper small luxury car. The engine range has been simplified to the 2.5L and 2.0L Petrol engines still in service with the new SKyActiv-X out later in 2019 with 6 speed manual and automatic still on offer. The braking system for the Mazda3 has evolved over the generations and actually started out with a complex selection of front and rear braking callipers and pads in the BK series. Again Mazda went on to simplify its brake package and streamline the models. First Generation BK 2003-2008 Front brake pads: DB1679 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix DB2176 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Rear brake pads: DB1665 GCT Rear brake pads available in General CT from Bendix DB 1763 GCT Rear brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Second Generation BL 2010-2013 Front brake pads: DB1679 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix DB2176 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Rear brake pads: DB 1763 GCT Rear brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Third and Fourth Generation BM BN – 2013- 2019 Front brake pads: DB2330 GCT Front brake pads available in General CT from Bendix Rear brake pads: DB2331 GCT Rear brake pads available in General CT from Bendix About Bendix General CT Brake Pads: The General CT is the Bendix’s brake pad for everyday driving. Designed to eliminate brake dust and noise, the General CT brake pads suit the commuter who needs quieter, cleaner and more consistent performance for everyday driving. Our Patented STEALTH Advanced Technology reduces noise and vibration by using diamond-shaped pads. Bendix General CT also features a Blue Titanium Stripe for instant friction without the need for bedding in. For more information please view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBkKsCDxTQs Find out more about the General CT HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  8. The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship headed to Winton Raceway in regional Victoria, with Chaz Mostert looking to move up the championship standings from his current 5th place in the title chase. Winton is a technical 3.0 km circuit made up of 12 corners with a combination of long fast straights and twisty and tight bends, which never fails to provide thrilling racing and lap one controversy as the cars try and negotiate the tight left hander at turn one. The opening practice for the weekend saw Chaz Mostert leading a top three sweep for the Mustangs and the Tickford Racing driver turned a 1:19.64s to finish 0.2253 seconds ahead of Scott McLaughlin, while Lee Holdsworth was third. Chaz continued this form into qualifying posting a 1:20.62s lap after the chequered flag and took the ARMOR ALL Pole ahead of DJR rival Fabian Coulthard. Starting Race 13 of the championship form Pole, Chaz went side by side with Coulthard through turns one and two only to be pushed wide and have several cars pass him on the run down to turn 3. Chaz had to settle back into a rhythm from there and avoided further trouble to bring the 55 Mustang home in second place after the Tickford team put together a solid race strategy. Chaz said “I’m a little bit disappointed, when you start on pole you want to win, but it just shows how quick these guys at DJR are, and we have to keep moving forward. The good thing is I think car balance-wise we matched them today, but there’s just some componentry stuff we need to work on.” Moving into Sunday the DJR Mustang of Scott McLaughlin was over half a second faster than the rest of the field and Chaz in the Number 55 had to settle for 5th on the grid for race 14 with a 01:19.14 lap time. The race didn’t go quite to plan with Chaz firing the car off into the gravel at Turn 7 on lap one. The no 55 then fell to the back of the pack before firing wide again at Turn 3 the next time around. Things got worse with a 15-second penalty for a Turn 10 clash with James Courtney. Chaz then had to work his way back up the order and was helped by a late Safety Car period and managed to salvage 10th place at the chequered flag. “First lap, what a balls up from me. I was just pretty aggressive over the kerb, the tyre pressures weren’t quite up, I just bucked off there and skated me a bit wide. It happens, it happens to everyone out there, but today it bit me. We obviously went on an aggressive strategy to pit early and try to get some clean air and run, and I think it was working for us… We were very lucky with the Safety Car, or we would have probably been 16th at the end. Someone was looking down on us today to put another set of tyres on and get some more points, but yeah, tough race for us.” After a very up and down weekend Chaz sits in 6th place in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The team will now make the long journey to Hidden Valley in the Northern Territory for the BetEasy Darwin Triple crown starting on the 15th of June. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  9. We went hunting for some cars at UNITED Festival, featuring 250+ cars in the show n shine, along with an exhaust sound off contest and a project car reveal. With All Makes, All Models, All Styles – United in Passion, what better place to find the Cars of Bendix? 1. Jess’ 2011 WRX Hatch - 00DROP Jess’ modifications on her 2011 WRX have come thick and fast seeing as she only purchased the (basically stock) car less than a year ago. Since then the car has undergone some drastic changes in the lower end with the flagship of AirLift Performance’s Airbag kits – the 3P and a custom boot setup, HardRace lower control arms and ZSS upper control arms that tuck the 18x10” Work Emotion T7R 2P wheels coated in Work’s own Asterism Black; a clear coat with color shifting properties. There is a comprehensive list of exterior and interior mods as well including a Varis Adjustable spoiler, Carbon Fibre bonnet that has been painted to match the car, blacked out headlights with Hex halos, Takata Race Harnesses, Alpine & Kicker stereo upgrades and custom reupholstered seats with some WRC touches. Jess has also started with some engine modifications. An Invidia Q300 Turboback exhaust, Process West Verticooler, intake and inlet pipe, coupled with a MSR (Michael South Engineering) Tune have her making 217 kW, and that number is soon to go up with some more goodies and tuning in the near future. 2. Daniel’s Black Dog Institute VF Commodore Daniel’s 2015 Expensive Daewoo VF Late model camira SS is definitely striking with its livery being the first thing you see. The car was built by Daniel to promote mental health through the car scene under the Black Dog Institute after he lost several friends to suicide. At the rear you’ll notice the OTR custom exhaust has been modified to dual side outlets. This along with the Pacemaker manifold and cool-drive twin fan cold air booster help the LS2 L77 engine push out 300 kW. The exterior is finished off nicely with genuine V8 supercar rear wing & front bar and a set of 18x10” Koya Racing SF01s. 3. Andrew’s VH Expensive Daewoo Commodore - MRVH Andrew’s 1982 Expensive Daewoo VH Late model camira is a gorgeous work of art and fitting of the name “MRVH”. The LS3 engine has a stroker kit to push it to 418ci and it is now making 465HP thanks to a custom stainless 3” exhaust. Also underneath the car you’ll find that it’s been converted to a T56 6 speed gearbox with K-Sport coilovers, sway bars and a Whiteline strut brace. The brake lines have all been braided to suit the 330mm slotted rotors all around to give Andrew some decent stopping power as well. The Cherry Black paint makes the car stand out and help you appreciate the SS Group A body kit, SLE chrome trim & bumper extensions and the staggered 20” Walky wheels – 8.5” in the front and 9.5” in the rear. There’s been little expense spared inside the cabin either with custom seats, door & boot trim and roof liner, as well as an amazing in dash DVD system which flows through to the rear with screens inserted to the headrests of the front seats. 4. Loki’s Nissan Zil80 - ICHI60 Loki’s 1995 Nissan 180SX has gone through multiple generations of front end swap (and engines) before reaching its current form. The plates ICHI60 are a nod to when it was originally imported from Japan as a ‘strawberry face’ Sil80 (S15 front end). It now sports what she has coined the “Zil80” front end; a tribute to three of her favorite cars; 180SX, S14A and FairladyZ. The body modifications are all tastefully done with Z32 headlights, S14A Kouki bonnet, TRA-Kyoto Rocket Bunny V2 flares & sideskirts, D1GP Louvers, a 326 Power Wing, Origin Labo Raceline rear bar & Custom XXX-XXX LED taillights. The combination of the Black/Gold pearl paint and Bronze/Black Work Meister M1s really set it off. Under that Kouki bonnet sits a 1JZ-GTE making 450HP thanks to a shopping list of engine mods as well including a single highmount GT35 Turbo, MDSfab steampipe manifold and HKS cam gears. 5. Topz’ 90s BMW E36 - 1 90THE Topz’ 1998 BMW 318is E36 Coupe is a great example of late 90s styling. The M44B19 Engine is only making 103 kW, but what more do you need when cruising around the city in such style? The addition of an M body kit, LTW wing and CCLF Angel eye headlights are only slightly upstaged by the great ride height provided by the BC BR Coilovers and low production lightweight AC Schnitzer Type II Wheels. 6. Josh’s VW Golf MK5 GTI - 0GENTZ Josh’s 2005 VW Golf MkV GTI has a nicely understated look to it, which could be why it’s licensed 0GENTZ. The AirBFT airbag suspension kit combined with a catalogue of SuperPro parts sit the car on the ground, tucking the 18x9.5” XT-206R Cosmis Racing Wheels under the fender flares. The 2.0L inline 4 turbo engine is making 180 kW thanks to a stage 2 ECU & DSG tune from ETUNERS, R8 Coil Packs, 3” turbo back exhaust and modified fuel pump. 7. Axe’s Mazda RX7 FD - HULK20B Axe unveiled his 2000 Mazda RX7 FD at Hot Import Nights 2018, taking out Hottest Overall car for the show. He picked up Best Engine Bay and Best Body and Paint awards at UNITED Festival, so let’s take a look at what makes HLK20B such a stand out car. In the engine bay, the 13B has been replaced with a 20B 3 Rotor Bridgeport engine which has been dowelled & balanced and a big Comp Turbo CT6X Billet Wheel turbo hanging off the side, 2400cc injectors, custom fuel rails and 3 x Walbro 460 fuel pumps running through a Microtech LT-16C ECU to make a tidy 1000 RW HP. Stopping power comes via some big Brembo GT brakes; 6 pot in the front and 4 pot in the rear. The car rolls on 20” SSR Professor SP1s, which have been custom anodized in shadow chrome, and then sacked with some custom air bagged BC coilovers and controlled with an Accuair E-Level VU4 system. The interior houses a massive sound system with 6.5” front & 6x9” rear speakers from JL Audio and a pair of 10” subs tucked in the boot. The dash, gauges, seats, trim and panels have all been customized or replaced with carbon variants. The car has been wide bodied with a Rocket Bunny V2 Aero kit, Re-Amemiya carbon fibre bonnet, R-Magic headlights & Car Shop Glow LED taillights and carbon fibre duck tail spoiler. The final touch to the car is a flow coated paint in Kawasaki Lime Green, giving it a serious Hulk look to it. 8. Mike’s WRX Endgame STI Mike’s 2016 Subaru WRX STI has been modified with almost every carbon option available care of the Varis Arising II Ultimate bodykit and an APF Performance GT300 carbon wing. The orange highlights around the car set it off, especially on the rear diffuser. The car sits on a set of 18x9.5” Work Meister S1 3Ps which tuck under the guards thanks to an Airlift Performance 3P kit. Mike custom made the rear boot liner himself out of real wood and a super gloss finish. The EJ257 engine is currently making 230 kW thanks to a Stage 1+ Cobb tune, but Mike is planning on upping those numbers now that he is (mostly) happy with the aesthetics of the car. 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  10. We went hunting for some cars at UNITED Festival, featuring 250+ cars in the show n shine, along with an exhaust sound off contest and a project car reveal. With All Makes, All Models, All Styles – United in Passion, what better place to find the Cars of Bendix? To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  11. This Brembo caliper has been fitted to many vehicles, and has had many disc pads with different wear sensor, groove and chamfer configurations to mitigate any noise. All friction causes vibrations, and most brake and suspension components have natural frequency they vibrate at. If the Pad or Caliper’s natural vibration frequency matches the vibration frequency coming from the friction surface it becomes an audible noise. The standard approach to stop noise was by adding a noise-dampening shim on the back. Recently another approach was created, weights were added to the pad to change its natural vibration frequency, so DB2358 was developed from the original DB1678. With the introduction of DB2358 it was found that the large round weights could come into contact with the inside of the wheel rim on some wheel designs. To rectify this the shape of the weights was modified so that they don’t protrude from the caliper as much. We are reintroducing the DB2358 with the modified weight design. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  12. Heading into the WA round of the Supercars Championship, the Tickford Racing team were confident after being successful at the Sydney night round in 2018. The newly resurfaced Barbagallo circuit was faster than it’d been in 15-years and with a 3rd spot in the current championship standings, Chaz Mostert wasn’t about to let up. Especially not since he was returning to the track where he took his first ever Supercars race win. Opened in 1969 and formerly known as Wanneroo Park, Barbagallo Raceway is located in Neerabup, approximately 50 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. “Obviously the spectacle of night racing will be cool to be a part of again, Sydney was a great event last year with all the fireballs and pyrotechnics, so I’m looking forward to it. The new track surface and racing at night could really make it interesting with how we set up the car, I’ll be leaning on Adam (De Borre) to dig into his bag of tricks and help us find a magic set up, but it should be fun. Perth’s always a great round, I really enjoy going there, so it’ll be great to get out the with the fans in WA.” During Thursday’s Practice 1, Mostert wasted no time posting a time of 53.24-seconds, making him the second fastest car one track. Chaz also shared his enthusiasm for the night racing format. “First of all I wish we could do all our races night racing, because I actually had time to play nine holes of golf today, so that was fantastic. Good pre-running into today’s practice, so that was fantastic. For me, it’s awesome, I kind of think about the old Calder Park days, where you used to watch the main straight lit up and the rest was pretty dark, so I actually kind of like that there (are) some patches out there. I think it’s very old school, and it’s the same as Eastern Creek; where there are patches, you actually feel like you’re going so quick in this night patch, and then you’re coming up on this daylight, it’s super cool. It feels like you’re in some super, hyper, fast tunnel, I like it. I feel like I’m in ‘Tron’ or something.” After qualifying 3rd on the grid for Race 11, Chaz made a great pass on Car 88 in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang coming into Our 6. With only 7 laps to go I the 50 lap race, he held his ground and secured his 43rd career podium coming in third place. “It’s fantastic. It’s been a couple of rounds since we’ve gotten a trophy, so its great here to come to Perth, and obviously the Pirtek Perth SuperNight has been pretty cool. I didn’t expect to get third, I was kind of in a (Triple Eight Race Engineering) sandwich there in the dying stages of that race. I’m glad Jamie (Whincup) struggled a bit more on tyres than me, and I was able to get the pass done and just knuckle down for the last couple laps. I didn’t expect to be up here, but it shows that we’ve made some improvements with the car.” Saturday’s race didn’t follow the success of Friday with the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang suffering an early retirement due to an engine component failure. It was a disappointing end to the weekend for Chaz and the team as he hadn’t had a DNF in over a year. “What can you do? Obviously it’s very disappointing to have a mechanical, have something out of your control happen when we could have been on for a podium tonight. The car was pretty good, obviously we qualified on the front two rows again, and when you’re in a good position like that you need to capitalise. Unfortunately we just had some bad luck tonight, it’ll hurt quite a bit in the championship, but that’s motorsport. We’ll get back to the workshop and the boys will dissect exactly what happened, and we’ll tune it back up for Winton.” With a third of the season already over, Chaz sits in 5th place in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Racing continues May 25-26 at the Winton SuperSprint in regional Victoria. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  13. This month we go hunting for the Cars of Bendix at the Team Wild Speed meet in western Sydney. Owners of Team Wild Speed Susan & Joe have been in the modified car community for a very long time, so when they hold a meet, there’s always a great mix of old and new cars. This particular meet was held in conjunction with Street Fam; a car group primarily focused on VIP Style cars which certainly added to the variety. Hayden’s 1995 W20 MR2 Bathurst Edition Hayden’s W20 MR2 was one of the first cars that caught our eyes, as these mid-engine, rear wheel drive run-abouts are not often seen. This one was also a special Bathurst Edition and custom painted in Giallo Modena (Ferrari Yellow). The 3SGE engine has been bored, ported & polished, running Arias pistons, Ferrea valves and stage 3 cams which flow through a custom exhaust and are controlled by an Adaptronic ECU. The car sits on a set of 18 inch Simmons FR1. Hayden still has an extensive shopping list of mods to do to the car, including a full respray to fix up some of the mismatched panels. Robbie’s S2K Robbie’s turbo S2K is an absolutely gorgeous car. The F20C has had some tasty additions join it in the engine bay to make 380kW on low boost. The red and black theme throughout is definitely eye-catching, with the red brake calipers, Recaros and highlights in the door cards matching the gauges in the dash, through to the flow coated black paint done by Precision Auto Body. The car sits on a set of Hyper 5ZR wheels from 5Zigen, also in black. Anthony’s S14 Anthony’s S14 sits on a set of bronze TE37s, and at first sight, it looks like a stock car, but once you get under the hood, and into the car, you’ll find that it’s so much more. The engine has been swapped to an RB26 that sits neatly in the engine bay and makes 365kW. Inside the cabin you’ll find that Team Wild Speed have been able to replace the S14 dash with an S15 one. Dayday’s S-Class 430L W220 Dayday’s Special Class W220 was the top of the line model when introduced in 1998, so it is fitting that he continued the legacy by bringing some additional VIP touches to it. The car came with an Airmatic air suspension system from factory, which sits the car nicely on the 2-piece Lorinser LM1 wheels in 19x10. Dayday has replaced the head unit, rear camber arms and thrown on a custom exhaust to give the 4.3L V8 a nice outlet. There are plenty of Junction Produce pieces throughout the car and some custom Louis Vuitton styled VIP tables from Blackout Garage. The LV bag and bottle of Hennessy also give it a nice touch. Florin’s 1975 Ford Escort Florin’s 1975 Ford Escort is definitely a little attention seeker. It runs custom flared guards and rear Cosworth bonnet vents. The Phantom Purple paint sets the car off nicely. Under the hood, the stock engine has been replaced with an SR20 mounted with a Garrett 3540 turbo which is now making 388HP at the wheels thanks to the 1100cc injectors and EMS ECU. The engine was built by Brett at St Marys Engine services. Even though the car sits on some custom made 17 inch Lenso Concept 5 wheels at 10 inch in the rear and 7 ½ in the front, Florin says it skates like it’s on ice, but that could just be because of the shortened Borg Warner 345 diff. Luckily the VL brakes in the rear give him some great stopping power. Lam’s 2005 Lexus GS430 Lam’s 2005 Lexus GS430 is the build car for VIPDOut Australia. It has been dipped in a custom House of Kolor Cherry Red, dropped with an AirLift Performance 3H system, had some aftermarket head & tail lights added, with INGS front and rear lips and finished off the a 2.5” dual cat back exhaust. Tucked underneath the car are a set of staggered 19” LEONHARDIRITT Ordens from Super Star Co. The 3UZ engine is making 218kW, but Lam has some future plans for that as well. TWS’ Bozo Skyline There’s not a lot of details that we could find out about the Team Wild Speed Bosozoku Skyline, but just from the look of it you can tell it’s got to be wild, with a crazy body kit and over bonnet exhaust system. The myth is that the C210 2000 GT is powered by a L20DET, and was once owned by a member of the Japanese Yakuza under world prior to being imported to Australia. Johnny’s Ford Cortina URHARD Late to the event we managed to grab some details on Johnny’s 1974 Ford Cortina which sported a big power 408 stroker engine that feeds the C5 auto transmission through to a 9 inch rear end. This is a super tidy example of Australian muscle with classic drag wheels, chrome highlights setting off the purple paint. The interior is the business with leather buck seats, B&M shifter and classic Autometer gauges, just how an old school tough street car should be.
  14. This month we go hunting for the Cars of Bendix at the Team Wild Speed meet in western Sydney. Owners of Team Wild Speed Susan & Joe have been in the modified car community for a very long time, so when they hold a meet, there’s always a great mix of old and new cars. This particular meet was held in conjunction with Street Fam; a car group primarily focused on VIP Style cars which certainly added to the variety. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page
  15. With the dust still settling from the Tasmania round a week later we find the Tickford Team at Phillip Island for the WD-40 SuperSprint which makes up the fourth round of the Supercars Championship. Races 9 and 10 will follow the same format as last week with a Friday Practice leading into a knock out qualifying for both Saturday and Sundays races. It was decent start to the weekend for Chaz in the No.55 Mustang with a P7 in Practice 1 posting a time of 1m31.81s and P9 for Practice 2. The result means the Supercheap Auto Racing Mustang would receive a bye from the first round of knockout qualifying on the Saturday taking some of the pressure off the team. Chaz wasn’t feeling comfortable despite a decent result and had some thoughts about the car “A bit of a messy day for us, but look we’re happy to get in the ten for Practice 2, that helps for tyres this weekend. I kind of need to understand the car a little bit more“. A good start to Saturday for the No.55 saw Chaz post the 6th fast time in morning warm up with 01:30.56s lap and he then went on to improve that form in qualifying posting a time of 01:30.10s and securing 3rd place on the grid. Pretty good start to the weekend but no one could touch the DJR Penske Mustangs who were almost a second faster. When the lights turned green unfortunately the No.55 Mustang went backwards two spots to fifth place after getting overtaken by the fast starting pair of Nissan Altima’s of Rick Kelly and Andre Heimgartner. The round of pitstops saw Rick Kelly drop down the order but the Late model camira of David Reynolds had jumped Chaz who would eventually go on to finish the race in 5th place which scored him a good haul of points. “We’re missing a lot from the car, to be honest. Coming out of qualifying I was reasonably half happy with the balance, so I was very excited going into the race, but we completely lost it somehow. We had mad understeer throughout the race, and that was really the story of our day. It’s frustrating but we still got a top five which is reasonable, and we’ll see if we can get it right tomorrow.” The Sunday qualifying again saw Chaz the best of the Tickford Mustangs scorching around the Phillip Island circuit with a 01:30.28s lap placing him P3 for the 45 lap sprint race. Chaz again struggled with his start being jumped by Anton DePasqale and his two Tickford team mates heading into turn 2. From there Chaz had to play the long game and wait for a round of pit stops to get by Cam Waters. But he was not able to make up any more ground and finished the race in 5th place. Post race Chaz was looking at the big picture; “Two top fives for the weekend is fantastic, it’s good for points, but I think we’re still behind the 8-ball. There’s a lot of work to be done to get where we need to be, we’re leaving a lot of lap time on the board at the moment. But it’s nice to get a couple good finishes and sort of reward the boys for all their hard work the last two weeks.” Team principal Tim Edwards reflected on the weekend “It’s great to have the team make some improvement today. We got just about everything we could out of everyone, drivers, crew, engineers, and to do that at the end of two long weeks is great, so we’re really proud of the team. Obviously there’s still some work to be done and gains to be made to get to the front, but all in all we’re pretty happy with today’s result, and we’ll move on to the next one.” With a two week break between rounds the teams must make the long journey across to Barbagallo Raceway for the Pirtex Perth Super Night which will see the teams race into the evening under lights. Our man Chaz and the No.55 Supercheap Auto Racing Mustang supported by Bendix will be looking to improve on his third place in the championship so stay tuned! Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  16. First Generation 1978- 1986 From humble beginnings back in 1978 the first generation Mitsubishi Triton, (Badged a Chrysler D-50) was sold in the Australian market with a 1.6 Petrol engine and rear wheel drive. In 1980, the Chrysler badge made way for Mitsubishi following the establishment of Mitsubishi Motors Australia from Chrysler Australia's old operations. By June 1981, Mitsubishi released a 4WD versions of the pickup and cab chassis, both with the new 2.0L motor. Second Generation 1986- 1996 MJ Triton The second-generation model launched in October 1986 as the low-cost Triton L200 with a 2.0L petrol engine or 2.5 diesel. A small 3.0-litre V6 engine with 90 kW was added in early 1993, which was not well liked as it was not very capable for towing loads and was down on torque compared to the diesel four-cylinder engine. Rear wheel drive and four-wheel drives were available, as were different bed lengths and both extended and double cab options. Third Generation 1996-2006 MK Triton We now start to see the shape of Triton to come. An off road workhorse with plenty of variety in body design meant that cab chassis and club cab variants had reasonable passenger accommodation, apart from the crew cab that had a cramped back seat, which was really only suitable for children. The engine line up featured a four-cylinder petrol engine making 97kW, and a 2.8 diesel producing 71kW and the V6 with 109 kW. Across the range drivetrains were again four-wheel drive or rear wheel dive for the work ute, depending on the specification and body design. Fourth Generation 2006- 2015 ML Triton The all new ML Triton hit the market in 2006 and was available with four specifications in four-wheel drive models, the GL, GLX, GLX-R and the relatively rare GLS luxury model. Mitsubishi’s new Easy Select four-wheel-drive system gave the option of high-range rear-wheel-drive for on-road driving and high and low-range four-wheel-drive for driving on loose surfaces. In a market packed with blandly styled utes with cramped interiors, the ML Triton was a breath of fresh air. As with most vehicles that come to market with new design cues, it took a while for consumers to adjust to the Triton’s styling. With a choice of 3.2L diesel turbo making a 118kW/347Nm of torque or a 3.5L petrol V6 making 135kW/309Nm which would be the last time we see a petrol variant for the Triton. The ML sold extremely well for Mitsubishi and was one of the first dual-cab utes to have it’s on-road handling referred to as ‘car-like’ but it was off-road where it really impressed. The updated ML Triton was released in the second half of 2009 and was available as a 4X4 in GLX, GL-R Active, GLX-R and GLX-R Luxury specification levels. A Club Cab version of the cab-chassis 4X4 was added to the line-up as part of the 2011 updates. The ML’s five-speed manual carried over to the MN range as did the four-speed auto, Stability control (ASC) and Traction Control as standard. A limited-slip rear diff was standard initially and in later years dropped in favour of an open diff on models equipped with Traction control. With the Petrol engine dropped from the range there was now only a choice of a new generation turbo-diesel, which produced 131kW/400Nm in manual variants and 131kW/350Nm in auto variants of the Triton. Fifth Generation 2015- 2018 MY16 Triton Building on success of the previous model, Mitsubishi released the 5th Generation Triton with sleek styling and packed it with car like features including Hill Start Assist, Trailer Stability Assist, adjustable speed limiter, multi-information monitor and Emergency Stop Signal, which were available across the complete 2016 range. On the GLS and Exceed models, the feature range extends to Mitsubishi’s new generation Super Select 4WD II system, HID headlights, LED Daytime Running Lamps, full colour touch screen, 4WD selector dial, dual zone climate control air-conditioning and reversing camera, all as standard equipment. Three different body styles were available on the Triton: Double Cab, Club Cab and Single Cab. The engine package now featured the new 4N16 2.4-litre MIVEC turbocharged diesel engine and had more power and torque than the previous generation with 133kW/430Nm for both automatic and manual transmission models. Mated to the new engine was a new 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearbox with Sport Mode to deliver a greater amount of power and torque straight to the wheels. MY19 Facelift The MY19 Mitsubishi Triton was released in December 2018 and comes in 2x4 and 4x4 configurations available in the Single, Club and Double cab bodies mated with a 3.1 tonne tow capacity. Under the bonnet the 2.4L DOHC MIVEC turbo diesel engine remains the powerplant offers up 133kW/430Nm. The new lightweight design puts out more power than previous models and is mated with either a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission. The Automatic transmission also features Sports Mode which allows drivers to change gears much like a manual and we see a host of new technology in the model including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assistance and Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Mitigation. The new styling is a bold statement from the Japanese manufacturer as the car company shifts its focus and vehicle line up more and more into the SUV and Four Wheel drive markets. Braking Systems for the Triton Braking systems have changed significantly over the 40 years of production for the Triton with Bendix producing the 4WD SUV brake pad compound to suit most consumer driving needs. Second Generation 1986- 1996 MJ Triton Part numbers: Front brakes available: DB1113-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix Rear brake shoes BS1594 Rear brake shoes Third Generation 1996-2006 MK Triton Front brakes available: DB1223-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix DB1297- 4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix DB1308- HD Front brake pads available in Heavy Duty from Bendix Rear brake shoes BS1759 Rear brake shoes Fourth Generation 2006- 2015 ML Triton Front brakes available: DB1774-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix DB2160-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix DB1113-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix Rear brake shoes BS1594 Rear brake shoes Fifth Generation 2015 to current Front brakes available: DB1774-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix Rear brake shoes BS5018 Rear brake shoes About Bendix 4WD SUV brake pads: Bendix 4WD/SUV pads are manufactured for extreme strength and structural integrity utilising the best available technology. Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are built to withstand heat build-up that comes from frequent braking in heavy city traffic one day and towing or outback driving the next. All 4WD/SUV front pads are grooved which significantly improves performance especially when trekking off road. The groove is used to help expel any water, dust or dirt that comes into contact with the pad which becomes more prevalent when travelling off the beaten track. To find out more about the 4WD SUV click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page www.bendix.com.au
  17. Prior to the race weekend, Tickford Racing pulled the cover off to reveal the new livery on Chaz Mostert's Ford Mustang. With added black and a meaner look, Chaz was happy with the change and was looking forward to getting back in the car to hopefully continue his great start to the season. This wasn’t the only change to the Tickford Mustang, after the last round at the Melbourne Grand Prix the Supercars technical team decided to look at balance of performance on the runaway, Mustangs verses their rival Expensive Daewoo and Nissan squads. A decision was made to change the Centre of Gravity on the Mustangs to slow their race pace and the changes would take effect immediately. The Tasmania SuperSprint is the third round of the Supercars championship and sees the Teams take the boat across to the Symonds Plains Raceway just south of Launceston. It’s a tight and technical circuit with a very fast back straight and some good spots for overtaking. The weekend race format is made up of one race on the Saturday and Sunday both with practice and a knockout qualifying session to determine the starting order. Friday’s practice was a fairly incident free day for Tickford Racing, Chaz led the team in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang. The first practice session of the day saw a number of additional drivers take the driver’s seat. James Moffat who will be Chaz’s co driver for 2019 was 6th fastest in the No. 55 with a time of 55.37s. In the following session Mostert found good speed and was fastest outright with a time of 50.78s. Although going faster into the final practice he could only manage 6th fastest with a time of 50.69s, yet Chaz was happy with the result and looked forward to Saturday's qualifying and race. “It wasn’t a bad day, great to get Moff in the car for a steer and the Supercheap Auto Mustang was pretty good overall. We’ve got a little bit more to find still but we’re pretty competitive and have a decent feel for what we need to make those gains. The field’s so tight here that every hundredth matters, every corner, gear change makes a difference, so we’ll see what we can do overnight and bring out to play tomorrow.” Saturday didn't get off to an ideal start for Chaz in the No. 55 Ford Mustang with a 51.45s practice session which saw him 22nd. He dug deep in qualifying and managed a 51.04s which saw him mid pack sitting 11th on the grid. The race was fairly uneventfully apart from Jamie Whincup’s late dive down the inside of Chaz at turn 6 which saw contact between the two cars resulting in broken steering for the Redbull driver. Chaz eventually came home in 10th place meaning that he climbed to 2nd in the championship points, Chaz had mixed feelings about the day and hoped that Sunday would bring a better result. “It was a tough day, coming home 10th, we need to work on our car balance a fair bit for tomorrow. There are some bright spots and some things we’re happy with, but the areas we need to work on are hurting us at the moment. Still it was a decent result, so we’ll try and put it together tomorrow.” On the Sunday morning with a 50.88s lap time saw the No. 55 Ford Mustang cross the line 4th fastest outright. Yet in knockout qualifying Chaz could only manage a 51.85s lap in Q3 which put him in 10th place on the grid after a scary moment when Chaz was forced into the gravel trap at turn one after Red Bull Driver Shane Van Gisbergen moved into his path on his flying lap. Race 8 of the championship proved a fairly quiet race for Chaz who crossed the finish line where he started in 10th position and now sits in 4th place in the Championship. Only a week out from Philip Island, Chaz hopes the Tickford Racing team can find some extra straight-line speed in the Mustang. “Tassie strikes Tickford Racing again. We just really struggled this weekend, it’s obviously super, super tight out there and if you just miss the mark with a couple of things, like we said coming into this it can really put you backwards. We probably have a bit of work to do. It obviously shows our car still has a weakness here, we’ve got to pull our finger out, make some new bits, and make this thing faster in a straight line.” Said Chaz. Team Principal Tim Edwards says it was a tough weekend and that the team has a big week ahead, yet was happy with the effort the drivers and team put in. With a very tight turnaround of just a few days the team need to pack up from Tasmania and head to Phillip Island just off the coast of Victoria for the fourth round of the championship which will be the WD40 Phillip Island SuperSprint. Mostert livery unveil: Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  18. Driving styles are key in successfully understanding brake pad choice. Bendix have a closer look at why customers may be unhappy with their new brake installations. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  19. Bendix is please to announce its range of brake wear sensors will increase across European vehicle models. Electronic Brake Wear Sensors are mounted on the brake pad on any combination of the four wheels, and may have sensors on 1 to 4 corners of the vehicle. When the brake pad wears and the Electronic Brake wear sensor makes contact with the rotor, a warning is given, usually in the form of a light on the vehicles dashboard. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  20. Tickford Racing headed into the Melbourne 400 of the Supercars Championship fully intent on showing what they’re made of and with a mix of short and long race formats, the team as a whole was strong and consistent across the weekend. Stand-out performances in practice and qualifying came from Cameron Waters and Chaz Mostert on Saturday which got the team off to a great start. All four Tickford Mustang drivers were quick with Mostert setting the early pace with the fastest time in Practice 1. Team Principal Tim Edwards was happy with the results and believed the development with the news cars was working well. “With such little track time it’s extremely important to roll out strong here, so its good to have some pace out of the box. We do have some work to do and the drivers aren’t as happy as they’d like to be, but its good to know we can still improve the cars while being as competitive as we are. We’ll keep working to make the cars better and hopefully take another step forward tomorrow.” As Saturday’s Race 3 kicked off, it was Chaz Mostert had his work cut out for him starting from 22nd on the grid. He didn’t hold back and bought the Bendix supported Supercheap Auto Mustang home in 5th position and in typical Mostert style, broke the Albert Park Supercars lap record on Lap 14 with a time of 1m55.73s. This comes after he’d only just reset the Adelaide track record just two weeks ago. With two races on Saturday Chaz Mostert was keen to take to the grid starting race four on the front row next to Scott McLaughlin. Both Mustangs bogged down with Chaz dropping down the order by the first corner. Digging deep Chaz muscled his way back up passing his rivals to finish here he started in P2 for Race 4 of the championship. Race 5 was something special for Chaz and the Tickford Racing team, with dramas on the warm up lap seeing two of his rival Mustangs collide and not make the start, Chaz knew he was in with a sniff of a win. “Unbelievable. I think starting from seventh, we had some pretty tough competition out there, but starting two cars forward helped a lot. To be honest I can’t really put the words together. It’s awesome for the team. To only get one win last year, it’s fantastic to get them another one so early this year. These guys have worked pretty hard in the offseason, Adam (De Borre) has done an amazing job to make a race car.” With Saturdays Race 6, Chaz was on the front row in P1 up against rival Scott McLaughlin. McLaughlin got the better of Mostert off the start, with the Supercheap Auto Mustang having to slot into third behind Whincup. It took until lap three for Mostert to get past Whincup's Commodore, at Turn 3, by which time McLaughlin was two seconds clear at the front and would stay there to take the win. Having finished second in Race 6, Chaz was awarded the Larry Perkins Trophy, reserved for the driver who scored the most points over the four-race Supercars weekend. Chaz gave us his thoughts on the weekend, “Overall, just to recap the weekend, it’s been a fantastic weekend for the Supercheap Auto Mustang, to get the Larry Perkins award and get my name next to this legend here (Jamie Whincup, 2018 Larry Perkins Trophy winner) is pretty cool. After coming here last year, I didn’t think there’d be a chance this year, but we obviously showed we’ve done a lot of work at Tickford and made the cars pretty quick. I’m looking forward to the next one in Tassie, after Adelaide I felt we had potential to get a trophy there but just didn’t capitalise on it, so it’s fantastic to do that this weekend.” Leaving Melbourne Chaz is the leading Tickford Mustang placed 3rd in the Championship just 63 points adrift of Scott McLaughlin. The Supercars take to the track again for next round at the Tyrepower Tasmania Supersprint from the 5th to the 7th of April. For more information on Bendix visit; ✓ https://www.bendix.com.au/bendix-news ✓ https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop/ ✓ https://www.instagram.com/bendix workshop/ ✓ https://www.youtube.com/user/BendixTV
  21. Brake noise after fitting new brake pads, Bendix investigates why. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  22. All Japan Day in Adelaide is always a perfect day for South Australia to flaunt its impressive and diverse range of JDM cars. The event showcases everything from street to race and quite often there’s a number of really nice restored and original vehicles for event goes to take a look at. With Adelaide turning on another warm but perfect Summer day, we headed along to check out some great Cars of Bendix. Georges Turbo LS3 Nissan Skyline R34 Originally built in 2007 for Drift Australia, George’s R34 puts out roughly 700hp at the wheels courtesy of a turbocharged Chev LS3 engine fitted with a roller camshaft. The turbo is a Garrett GT47BB and the power is pushed through a modified T56 6-speed gearbox. As the car has been in storage for a while, George recently blew off the dust and gave it a new lease on life, including a new white paint job, which is a change from the red people know it well for. As well as drifting the Skyline, George has also run the car at the drags and managed a best time to date of 9.80 at 150mph. Keep an eye out for it this year at upcoming drift events. Kimi’s RB20 powered Nissan drift car 180SX After being a drift spectator for many years, Kimi decided it was time have a go and built herself this 180SX. Keeping with the girly theme Kimi originally had the car painted pink camouflage, but recently had it coated in a fresh hot pink sparkle which is definitely hard to miss. After a lot of development, the 180SX had ended up being fitted with a trusty RB20 engine which is boosted by a 28/71 turbo on a custom manifold with a 45mm wastegate and screamer pipe. The ECU feeds the engine via a set of GT-R injectors and on 18psi it makes a healthy 237kW at the tyres. Robert’s 1970 Mazda Cosmo Original imported into South Australian in 1970, Robert purchased this Mazda Cosmo from Mazda Australia after they’d had it since 1984. Being the only one of its kind in South Australia and only one of a handful in the country, it’s quite rare. Having only ever had minor restoration work done, the car has been maintained meticulously and only ever driven on weekends or special occasions. Being such an iconic car, it certainly stood out at All Japan Day. Being a Mazda fan, Robert also owns a Mazda Luce. Morris’ S15 Silvia When Morris first bought this S15 Silvia it was dead stock. The first part of the build was to do a custom olive green paint job, which he did himself. From there he set to work doing neat, but subtle changes to the body, as well as added custom carbon option to make it look much sleeker. Under the bonnet, Morris had two unfortunate engine failures before he put the current SR20DET in. This SR is a Japanese built race engine from Japan which originally was fitted to a very competitive Time Attack car that we’re told was able to lap Tsukuba Circuit in about 60-seconds. Since being fitted to the S15, it was tuned and makes a comfortable 285kW at the tyres. Kristians R34 Skyline GTR N1 R1 All Japan Day event organiser Kristian brought along his own immaculate R34 GTR N1 R1. Being number 8 of just 18 produced make it extremely rare, but never the less he insists that the car is built to be driven. Packed with factory race options such as carbon bonnet, Nismo built RB26 engine and full Nismo GTR body kit, it’s definitely a piece of JDM motoring history in the making. Stewy’s Laurel drift car This Laurel is one of Stewy’s cars which he previously used in Japan to compete in Japanese drifting competitions. Since then he imported it into Adelaide and to now uses at local events. Under the bonnet is an RB20 engine fitted with a turbo from a Mitsubishi Evo 8 which has been midwifed to fit the factory Nissan turbo manifold. Stewy says it’s an effective and cheap alternative and that it makes just under 300kW at the tyres. Being the owner of Accostal Suspension, the car runs all of his own components and is a great way for him to do R&D on any new gear that is being released. Enkie HR385 wheels tucked under the guards give the Laurel a timeless JDM look and Stewy tells us that he’s planning on giving the regularly used drifter a well deserved birthday very soon. Joel’s MX36 Cressida When classic Japanese style meets modern technology Joel’s Cressida ticks all the box-es to make an impressive unassuming street car. Fitted with a VVTi 1JZ from a 1999 Toyota Chaser, the engine makes a comfortable 190kW at the tyres after power is trans-mitted through an MV Automatics built Toyota auto. Compared to the original engine combo, it packs a lot of punch. The suspension and braking have also been upgraded. Joel replaced the fronts with Skyline brakes and custom-built coil-overs with Tokico shocks and in the rear he’s fitted anti-squat leaf springs to a custom fitted Dana 30 diff from a Volvo. Joel completed the conversion 8-years ago and has since done almost 60,000kms in the Cressida. One of his largest trips being from Darwin to Adelaide. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  23. Cause: After fitting new brake pads, customer came back for a check up and we found huge uneven pad wear. Solution: Uneven pad wear is often a caliper problem, caused by faulty seals, sticking or bent slide pins. Overhaul the calipers on that axle. Ensure you have used the correct lubricant, such as Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  24. With the start of the V8 Supercars season kicking off next week at the Superloop Adelaide 500, Bendix are pound to be displayed proudly on the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang driven by Chaz Mostert. A strong partnership that will span the 2019 season. “We at Bendix are extremely proud to partner with Supercheap Auto Racing in the upcoming Supercars season,” said George Kyriakopoulos, CEO of Bendix. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Supercheap Auto, and it is very exciting to be a part of this extremely professional racing team”. “Bendix offers a braking product that allows you to ‘put your foot down with confidence™ and there is no doubt that Chaz will be doing a lot of that as he heads for the podium in 2019” George said. Now in their 22nd year of involvement in the V8 Supercars Championship, Supercheap Auto Managing Director Chris Wilesmith is also pleased with the partnership that aligns Australia’s leading automotive friction material manufacturer with Australia’s premier motorsport category. “We are delighted to bring Bendix aboard the Supercheap Auto Racing Ford for the 2019 season,” Wilesmith said. “Bendix is a tremendous partner of Supercheap Auto, and of course produces high-performance braking products. It is only natural to pair them with the high-performance industry of auto racing, particularly Tickford Racing and the Supercars Championship.” Mostert enters the 2019 season optimistic, having finished the previous campaign with a string of top five and top ten finishes, including a dominating win on the streets of Gold Coast in October. “Supercheap Auto has so many great trade partners who have supported us the past several years, and its great to add Bendix to the fold. They’re very excited to be a part of the team, and really we appreciate that enthusiasm. It’s been a good start to the year, and hopefully we’ll share plenty of success together in 2019.” Tickford Racing recently attended the preseason test at Phillip Island on February 14th with its four team-prepared Mustang Supercars, ahead of the 2019 season opening Adelaide 500, February 28 – March 3. Team Principal and CEO of Tickford Racing, Tim Edwards is confident the team will show their strength in 2019 and is keen to get the season underway, “Obviously everyone’s looking forward to the new season with the Mustang making its race debut, so it’s a great time to add a valued brand to the team in Bendix. It’s been a very busy offseason, but the goal is that makes for a very successful racing season with Supercheap Auto Racing.” About Bendix FMP Group (Australia) Pty. Ltd., the makers of Bendix, are Australia’s largest automotive friction material manufacturer, Bendix provides a number of products designed to efficiently stop a variety of automotive vehicles. From pads and discs to sensors and cleaners, Bendix products give the consumer all they need to “Put Your Foot Down with Confidence™.” https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop https://www.facebook.com/TickfordRacing https://www.facebook.com/scauto https://www.facebook.com/chazmozzie
  25. Our customers will welcome the new Bendix website complete with Australia’s most comprehensive and up to date online catalogue and data book on brake pads and brake shoes with the wealth of information the new site provides. The theme ‘Put Your Foot Down with Confidence™’ with the website and online catalogue is designed to provide high levels of confidence for all of our trade and do it yourself retail customers. It contains a wealth in technical information and the electronic catalogue and data covering passenger vehicles, 4WD’s and light commercial applications, provides the most up to the minute vehicle listings and vehicle data available. This valuable information is being constantly updated into the future. Search engines allow users to search by vehicle or part number along with comprehensive details on the full Bendix product range offering the widest range to customise disc brake pads for any customers driving style for longer, smoother and safer braking. The comprehensive data base also enables a search by the OEM part number for European vehicles and images of the brake parts allow easy identification of the right part each and every time. Importantly, vehicle definitions are consistent with other trade catalogues within the industry. The technology section of the new website covers information on the new Stealth Advanced Technology developed by Bendix engineers to deliver whisper quiet braking with silky smooth operation and a reduction in brake dust. Also developed by the company’s engineering team is the now well established Blue Titanium pads designed to provide instant bedding in, plus the Ceramic Technology used in the General CT pads, a premium grade ceramic formulation for superior noise reduction, vibration and harshness control, constant pedal feel, enhanced durability and high fade resistance. Not only does the new website include all products and vehicle application data to help your day, but you are kept up to date with Bendix news including the latest Technical Bulletins and B-Mail plus more than 100 videos containing valuable technical data for the mechanic. Help is provided with answers to frequently asked questions from both mechanics and drivers on brake problems. Technical tips on ABS/ESC and replacements, what brake pads to use with Active Cruise Control and safety tips for the mechanic and there is a members portal plus a guide to the nearest Bendix stockist plus easy contact with the Bendix Help Line. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au

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