The Race Cars - past and present

Other team vehicles

The following vehicles are used to transport the team and race cars to and from events. The kart trailer was built and supplied by Barney and is a huge asset to the team. It is extremely well built and allows flexibility to compete in any weather and at any track and is secure. The Ford Ranger ute is used to tow the race car trailers around the country.

Collingwood Civil Youth Ministock #67

The ministock is a purpose-built speedway car, this one was built in Wellington to a very strict Speedway New Zealand design. The engine is a standard 1200cc Nissan A12 which has been blueprinted to strict specifications. The car runs a standard 4-speed gearbox and differential, which is locked to improve traction. The tyres are identical to those fitted to a road-going Nissan 1200 and the car has limited performance. The key to being fast in a ministock is the ability to have the car setup well and driven smoothly to carry as much speed as possible. With fields of over 30 cars each night, the racing can be very intense. The team is supported by Collingwood Traffic Management, Corson Tyres and AutoCity. The car is now sold to focus on the next steps in the driving journey.

Rotax Max Junior kart - Thomas

After selling the successful Vortex Mini ROK chassis to a local rising kart star, and with all the planned speedway and touring car racing coming up, the decision was made not to replace the chassis with a new unit. Thomas races in the Rotax Max Junior class and will only race at selected home karting events for fitness and to keep his race-craft current. The chassis he will use is a Psylo frame made of 28/30mm tube. The kart consists of a purpose-built chassis with a 1020mm wheelbase, controlled Dunlop slick and wet tyres, and a specially developed and controlled 2 stroke water-cooled Rotax FR125 racing engine. He will run the ex-Liam Lawson EVO Rotax Max Junior engine, as built by Mat Kinsman of IKS. Karts in this class have a tuned pipe and are rev limited by the ECU. The engine runs on 98 octane “pump fuel” mixed with special 2-stroke racing oil. The engine is fitted with a fixed-jet carburettor and the mixture is fixed. The engine has an electric starter and produces around 25 BHP. The kart gets its power to the track via a chain to the Ø40mm rear axle on which is mounted a single sprocket driven via a centrifugal clutch unit. The hydraulically operated braking system is very efficient, with a single Ø215mm ventilated brake rotor on the rear axle. There are no front brakes on this kart and the chassis was manufactured in 2004.

The Rotax Max Junior class is for drivers aged between 12 and 17 years old. The kart is weight restricted to a minimum of 145kg. These karts are capable of achieving speeds of up to 120km/hr on the track with the appropriate gearing.

The 2002 Tony Kart Psylo chassis

New number after winning the 2016 Todd Energy National Schools

BMW Mini

The BMW Mini Cooper is a factory-built car which was one of many built by the John Cooper Works Factory team to contest the Global Mini Challenge Series. It is a 2004 LHD model, with a 6-speed Gertrag close-ratio manual gearbox. It has Æ380mm front rotors, giving fantastic stopping power. Being front-wheel-drive, the Mini generates incredible front grip and is very fast in wet conditions. Due to Motorsport NZ rules, Thomas is unable to race the Mini with the original 220BHP supercharged engine, as this takes the corrected cubic capacity over 2,500cc (the MSNZ limit). In order to overcome this, the supercharged engine was removed and replaced with a N/A 130BHP unit. Of course, this is much slower meaning Thomas was at a performance disadvantage.

Team Boniface Racing Mygale SJ13a Formula Ford #67 Race car

The international Formula Ford category is now in its 50th year of competition. It began in the UK and has coverage world-wide and is recognised as the most vital training category to give drivers the best skills and experience to prepare them for a career in motorsport This race car is purpose-built in France as space-framed open wheel racing car. It has a 1600cc “Kent” Ford (Escort/Cortina X-Flow) engine and a Hewland LD200 quick-change transaxle to strict international standards and managed closely by Motorsport NZ officials. The car has disc brakes front and rear with pressure sensors to monitor braking effort. The front and rear suspension dampers are mounted inboard to prevent possible damage and are made by QA1 and Ohlins. They are fully 2-way adjustable. The car has a cockpit-mounted brake bias system and an automated on-board fire extinguisher system to protect the driver. The car is fitted with a 6-point harness and Lambda Air/Fuel ratio monitoring via the Motec dashboard. The Formula Ford car is capable of up to 240km/hr. During the 2019/20 season, Thomas will race at Pukekohe, Hampton Downs, Manfeild and Teretonga (Invercargill). The car is proudly supported by all our Supporter Club members.

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Team Boniface Racing Collingwood Civil Formula First Race car #67 - now sold

The Formula First race car is a purpose-built, space-framed open wheel racing car. It has a 1200 VW engine and gearbox, modified to strict specifications and managed closely by Motorsport NZ officials. The drivetrain is original VW, but modified significantly to strict regulations, with disc brakes front and rear. The front shock absorbers are mounted inboard to prevent possible damage. The shock absorbers are made by QA1 and are fully 2-way adjustable to allow for full suspension modifications. The car has a cockpit front/rear brake bias system to allow modification of the braking effort on either end of the car during a race. The car is fitted with a 5 point harness and an Air/Fuel ratio meter to allow accurate tuning. A Formula First race car is capable of up to 200km/hr. During the 2018/19 season, Thomas raced at Manfeild, Taupo, Hampton Downs and Pukekohe. The car is proudly supported by Collingwood Civil, Tricky Tree Specialists, and Brand-X.