Now Renault Sport is on track to show what it can do to set the 2013 East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship alight, with a pair of 2WD Renault Sport Clio R3 factory-built rally cars turning out for the new season in the experienced hands of Scott Pedder and co-driver Dale Moscatt, and privateer Tom Wilde with co-driver Bill Hayes. Both co-drivers have tasted success at the very highest levels of international rallying in 2011 and 2012, and bring a significant advantage to both Renault teams for 2013
Make sure you keep any eye out for the teams Custom Made Sabelt Suits, Sabelt boots, gloves and fireproof underwear as well as their new Stilo WRC Carbon Helmets.
GoPro HD HERO3 released
There are 3 cameras in the HD HERO3s range.
So what's new in the HD HERO3?
The frist thing you will notice is the size. The HERO3 has the same frontal dimensions as the previous cameras but is only 2/3rds the depth and 25% lighter. The new sleeker case now has a flat lens cover to aid underwater sharpness. The camera now has blackaccents, so it looks as good as it works.
The image processor is twice as powerful as the HERO2 with even better low light performance (at least on the Black edition). Wi-Fi is built in and works the same as the current BacPac version. There is a separate (third) button to operate the Wi-Fi. All models feature looping record mode, where you can set the time interval to loop.
The HERO3: White Edition boasts the same high performance specs as the Original HD HERO camera it replaces, yet it has built-in Wi-Fi, new UI and is 30% smaller and 25% lighter. The HERO3: White Edition is wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), and is capable of capturing 1080p 30 fps and 720p 60 fps video plus 5MP photos at a rate of 3 photos per second.
Silver HD HERO3
The HERO3: Silver Edition boasts the same high performance specs as the famous HD HERO2 camera it replaces, yet it has built-in Wi-Fi and is 30% smaller and 25% lighter. The HERO3: Silver Edition is wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), and is capable of capturing ultra-wide 1080p 30 fps and 720p 60 fps video plus 11MP photos at a rate of 10 photos per second.
Black HD HERO 3
The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world's most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile, still.
GoPro App Released
The GoPro WiFi App has been released
The App is available now for Apple products from the iTunes store, Android release is scheduled for 2 weeks time.
Circuit Club, which was held at Wakefield Park on Monday October 1st, was a great success with the V-Sport 86 running an impressive time of 109.6 with Neal Bates behind the wheel. The V-Sport team has made a few modifications to the 86 for Motor Magazines Hot Tuner Challenge and the car is performing as planned. Click here to read the latest press release on this exciting new car.
Hot Tuner Challenge - Motor Magazine
V-Sport entered 2 cars in Motor Magazines Hot Tuner Challenge this year, a Holden VE II SS Ute and Toyota 86 GT.
The Toyota 86 performed extremely well placing 5th in the under $75k group. According to V-Sport's John Healey, the aim is to create a car that does not upset the 86's natural balance. " A good car, but one that's also a little more fun on the track", Healey says. V-Sports plan was to end up with a car that can be driven to the track/event, compete hard and then be driven home. As the Toyota 86 is only worth $30k, all modifications were kept simple and affordable however extremly effective. With AP Racing venitlated rotors (3300mm front/316mm rear) as well as four-piston calipers up front and twin piston calipers at the rear the Toyota took out the top points in the 100-0km/h test. Running a good track time and figure eight time helped the 86 secure 5th place. For the full Hot Tuner report make sure you pick up a copy of the October Motor Magazine.
Warren Luff - "these guys have spent a lot of time improving the handling package without taking away too much of the 86's fun character. Brakes are fantastic, it sounds rorty: it's such a fun car to drive."
Rick Kelly - "It's an awesome bit of kit: just fantastic to drive. It's one of the only cars where I could keep it flat though most of the corners. Whatever they have done, they're right on the money."
The Holden SS Ute rounded out the top 10. V-Sport's John Healey had this to say about the Ute "We haven't gone overboard. We've kept it naturally aspirated and everything we've done has been focused on making sure it remains a civilised road car you can drive every day. It's not going to be the fastest thing on the track, but it's still good enough to have fun, and not shake your kidneys out on the dribe home."
Warren Luff - "It's a surprise how much rear-end grip it has. i had to be quite aggressive to provoke the back-end out with is a huge credit to V-Sport/ They've made a great handling ute."
Rick Kelly - "This is the ulitmate car for an aussie guy: It sounds really good, stops really well and it's got grunt the whole way though the rev range. It's still a ute, but it's got good grip."
Kelly Slater joins the GoPro team.
GoPro Partners with Technicolor
Technicolor-Certified ProTune Mode Adds 24p, 35Mbps Data Rate; Non-Destructive 3D LUT and Color Presets to Greatly Enable Professional Production Workflow
HALF MOON BAY, CA & HOLLYWOOD, CA, – (April 17, 2012) – GoPro, the world’s most versatile camera, and Technicolor, a worldwide leader in technology and color-science, announced today at the NAB 2012 Show in Las Vegas they have worked to embed Technicolor’s CineStyle™ color profile for the debut of the new GoPro Protune™ (a free firmware upgrade available for the HD HERO2 camera, available this summer).
Certified by Technicolor, and developed by GoPro, the Protune mode firmware upgrade is a significant development for the professional production and post-production market, which incorporates Technicolor color science into GoPro’s latest product launch. These new features combine to allow professional filmmakers a vastly improved and flexible workflow for seamless integration with other source material and post-production platforms.
Key features of the GoPro Protune mode include:
·24fps frame rate, enabling GoPro HERO2 content to be easily intercut with other sources without a frame rate conversion;
·35Mbps data rate for the industry’s highest quality compressed image with virtually zero artifacts;
·Neutral color profile, allowing for greater flexibility in a color correction workflow;
·Log curve encoding, offering more detail in shadows and highlights;
·Reduced sharpening and noise reduction for improved flexibility in professional post- production and color design workflows.
“GoPro Protune mode is an extraordinary development for the entire professional production market – from filmmakers, cinematographers and DITs, to editors and colorists who are increasingly relying on the HERO2 for cinematic productions,” said David Newman, senior director of software engineering for GoPro. “Developing this with Technicolor has provided us with a level of technological expertise that optimizes Protune for the professional market. Filmmakers are making critical decisions every day on the tools they’ll invest in for their cinematic productions, and we are confident our collaboration with Technicolor makes their decision that much easier. We’re looking forward to our customers’ reaction when we unveil Protune at NAB 2012.”
“Technicolor is thrilled to make its color science available to GoPro throughout its Protune upgraded firmware,” stated Technicolor’s Alejandro Guerrero, senior vice president, Technicolor Digital Productions. “With more than 130,000 (and counting) cinematographers already using our CineStyle color profile, we are committed to expanding the CineStyle toolkit and are thrilled to support GoPro as it expands its market base.”
Seamless Integration with GoPro CineForm Studio
GoPro Protune mode makes integration with GoPro CineForm Studio simple, automatically detecting Protune settings and applying the default adjustments to create stunning images. The workflow is further enhanced by a variety of color tuning presets, or ‘looks’ that further enhance the filmmakers’ story.
Using Protune with GoPro CineForm Studio Premium and GoPro CineForm Studio Professional provides additional benefits, offering extensive color correction controls and customizable presets to create professional, cinematic looks from the GoPro HERO2 captured content. Non-destructive 3D LUTs provide even more flexibility, enabling users to further tweak their images, manipulate saturation and contrast and color correction controls to create highly stylized content.
GoPro Protune mode is available as a free firmware upgrade through the GoPro CineForm Studio software, which is also available as a free download.
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Our world-class research and innovation laboratories enable us to lead the market in delivering advanced video services to content creators and distributors. We also benefit from an extensive intellectual property portfolio focused on imaging and sound technologies, based on a thriving licensing business. Our commitment: supporting the delivery of exciting new experiences for consumers in theaters and homes.
Based in Half Moon Bay, California, GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture and share their lives’ most exciting moments in professional quality HD video and photos. GoPro’s HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras are used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world. GoPro’s products are sold in over 140 countries.
2012 Evolution OZ Nationals
The team here at V-Sport are very excited to again be partnered with EvolutionOz to bring you the 7th annual EVO NATS, to be held at Wakefield Park in Goulburn, 22-24 June 2012.
Saturday morning will be the familiar Supersprint format from 8.30am, and the afternoon will see the running of the V-Sport medal sessions that contribute to the annual prize which as usual go down to the wire on Sunday afternoon. The usual slow Sunday is in the past with 3 exciting events to take place. Drivers will be split into 2 groups (timing will mean nothing here) and then the fun will begin.
The Evo Nats team have taken some inspiration from how the WRC guys run their premier stage at each WRC event. Group one will start with the all new V-Sport Super Special Stage which, involves something never before done at Wakefield Park, running the circuit in reverse (and including the hill climb as well). Starting on Pit Straight for a quick blast before U turning back around the course in reverse, through the Fishhook, then up through the hillclimb course, re-entering on Turn 4 and finishing down in turn 1.
Meanwhile the second Group will be near by at Goulburn Airport, where the full 1.2 kilometer runway will be used, so that means everyone gets to blast down the 800 meter drag stage twice. Once that is done, the air strip will be turned into a 1.7 kilometer high speed motokhana, through witches hats up and back , one car at a time. This is not 1st gear, not even 2nd gear ......this will be 3rd and 4th gear. This is a fantastic way to experience what owning an Evo is all about. The motokhana will also contribute to the V-Sport Medal.
Give the V-Sport Team a call today and we will make sure that your Evo is ready to go!!
GoPro HD HERO2
GoPro spared no expense engineering the HD HERO2.
2 x More Powerful in Every Way:
Professional 11mp Sensor
2 X Faster Image Processor
2 X Sharper Glass Lens
Professional Low Light Performance
Full 170°, Medium 12°, Narrow 90° FOV in 1080p abd 720p Video
Check out our in-car footage of Rick Bates driving our Evo 10 at Superlap, which was held at Eastern Creek Raceway August 5th and 6th.
Championship focus for Ryan Smart
Ryan Smart and John Allen have the championship in their sights after maintaining 2nd in the Bosch Australian Rally Championships after a less than perfect weekend at the Scouts rally in SA in the Barossa Valley on the last weekend in July.
The Rally SA roads are notoriously fast and Smart and Allen set a fantastic pace in Heat One, sitting comfortably in third position up until the final stage. The restricted Toyota Corolla’s front differential failed only 6kms from the finish of the heat, ending Ryan and John’s day in the Mt.Crawford forest.
Ryan's Toyota Corolla was fitted with the new Ferodo DS UNO brake pads for the SA Rally and this is what he had to say on Friday night. "We were trying the new Ferodo DS UNO brake pads this weekend and they were working really well, everything was going great and I was driving as fast as I could".
Monster Tajima has broken the longstanding record for the famous Pikes Peak hillclimb. In breaking the record he has also broken the magical 10 minute barrier with a time of 9.51.278. The GoPro backed 910hp Suzuki SX-4 gave Monster his 6th victory in the event. Watch the awesome footage from the GoPro HD camera mounted on the roof!
V-Sport MY11 WRX Build Up
To compliment our strong presence in the Mitsubishi Evolution market, V-Sport felt the next logical step was to apply our experience to the Subaru world. Looking at the specification of the current model WRX we saw great potential in the car, andTo compliment our strong presence in the Mitsubishi Evolution Market, V-Sport felt the next logical step was to apply our experience to the Subaru world. Looking at the specification of the current model WRX we saw great potential in the car, and what better way to gain an understanding than to purchase one and start modifying it. As an added incentive the car has been entered into the Motor Hot Tuner Challenge with the aim to produce a high performance, but user friendly, version of the already impressive WRX.
The Motor Magazine Hot Tuner Challenge has become an annual event bringing Performance Workshops
and Cars from all over Australia to Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway for 2 days of assessment at the
scrutiny of some of the toughest in the business.
Each car will be handed to a professional driver and put through their paces in tests including;
• Acceleration – 0-100km/h (secs), 400m (secs and Vmax) • Braking – 100-0km/h (m) • Lap testing – at Eastern Creek (laptime, Vmax and apex speeds) • Power – kW at the wheels • Skidpan – Motorkhana (secs) and/or slalom testing (secs)
The Hot Tuner Challenge is open to performance workshops by invitation only – All vehicle’s up for contention must be based on current road vehicle’s, be road registered and street legal. Absolutely any modifications are permitted as long as they meet current registration requirements and are available for public purchase at the time of the test. As such exhausts must be in place and racing slicks are not permitted when presented for the trials. The tests will be performed by a number of professional drivers and the cars will also be subject to a number of journalist testing over the 2 days.
V-Sport have carefully selected a package of engine, braking, suspension and tyre upgrades to enhance Subaru’s iconic performance for owners who like a more track-focussed weapon, whilst still being able to use it as a daily driver.
Bring on the challenge!!
Gopro Launches 3D HERO System
GoPro Lauches 3D HERO® System; World's smallest 1080p 3D Camera. Professional Qulaity at a consumer price.
Innovative modular design enables consumers to combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras to create professional quality 3D camera system.
The LCD BacPac is a detachable LCD screen for your 1080p HD HERO camera. As a removable accessory, the LCD BacPac keeps your camera as small and light as possible, yet provides the convenience of an LCD screen when attached.
Andrew Bedggood was involved in a car accident in 1983 resulting in the amputation of his right leg; crushing of his left leg below the knee and he serious head injuries. Andrew spent part of 1983 and all of 1984 in hospital, where his battle to return to a normal life began.
As part of his recovery, Andrew started kayaking on his local waterways around Maffra in East Gippsland to strengthen his upper body. It was during this time on the water that the dreamed of doing 'something big' in a Kayak. Andrew has turned his dream into reality, by organising the Sale to Sea kayaking challenge.
Thefirst Sale to Sea Amputee Kayaking Challenge involved a journey of 120km from the Port of Sale to Lakes Entrance through the iconic GippslandLakes. The event was run from the 7th Oct to 10th Oct 2009 during Amputee Awareness Week and as a lead up to International Day of Disabilities in December. The Challenge was not a race, but an adventure undertaken by Andrew, 2 other amputees and 3 individuals with various types of disabilities - to highlight victory over adversity and to promote a positive lifestyle.
The 2011 Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge is again focused on assisting those living with a disability to live life on their terms. The number of participants is expected to grow this time as the reputation of the challenge spreads with meetings already held with Wheel Chair Sports Victoria and other services who wish to participate. Business support for the event is growing across the region with many of last years sponsors requesting to be a part of this unique example of one's ability to overcome adversity and have a go.
“The Challenge was initially a small idea of mine to show that I am still willing to have a go and not give in to what I see as a small bump in the road of life, for life is what we make it and success in life is totally up to me. My point of view is that the day my legs beat me, then that’s the day they put me in the ground and while I have the ability to stand upright and proud, then I will live my life on my terms. So what’s next, the length of the Murray from the Mountains to the sea, who knows, but nothing is impossible if you believe in what you are doing and have the support to help you along the way.” Andrew Bedggood.
“V-Sport is proud to be associated with Sale to Sea, and wish Andrew Bedggood and all participants the best of luck for their upcoming adventure starting on March 16th..
Look out for footage taken from Andrew’s GoPro HD Sports Camera donated by V-Sport.”
For more information regarding the Sale to Sea kayaking challenge, contact Andrew Bedggood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to read more about the 2011 Sale to Sea Challenge. (link to website).
Congratulations Peter Conroy
V-SPORT - Mits. Evo IX - Brake Upgrade
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EVO brought to a standstill
A brake upgrade offered by a leading Australian performance specialist has been shown to dramatically improve the capabilities of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX.
In tests at Sydney's Oran Park race circuit, V-Sport Australia's new Evo IX upgrade reduced fade during repeated heavy braking and shortened the final distance by a stunning 10.3 metres.
On the tenth emergency stop from 100 km/h, the standard Evo IX pulled up in 45.8 metres. With the V-Sport upgrade that distance was reduced to just 35.5 metres.
"We are delighted by what we have been able to achieve by carefully selecting and matching proven components", says Tony, from V-Sport. "It makes a great car even better".
Few would question the '"go" of the Lancer. It is armed with an all-wheel drive system and a 2-litre turbocharged engine producing 206 kW and a torquey 355 Nm. V-Sport mechanics sensed, however, that there was room for improvement in the "stop" department.
"The standard Evo brake set-up is fine for everyday use," says Tony, "but it is when owners are really pushing hard, such on track days, that the limitations will be apparent".
"With the upgrade it?s possible to brake harder and later, time after time, which means faster and more consistent laps".
"And of course, better brakes mean a safer car, on and off the racetrack".
V-Sport develops very specific brake upgrades for different models. At the heart of the Evo package is an ideal matching of Hawk Performance ceramic brake pads and DBA 4000 series 6x6 Wiper-Slot rotors (as used on the High Performance Australian V8 UTE Racing cars).
The selected Hawk Performance pads give high torque, excellent modulation, consistent pedal feel and good release characteristics. Importantly, the ceramic component gives first rate heat dissipation and the ability to handle extreme temperatures.
As for the rotors, the 4000 Series is DBA's premium one-piece unit and V-Sport has opted for the 6x6 Wiper Slot version. This unique design provides huge bite and continually clears away gasses, resins and other impurities to give an excellent friction "face".
Its patented Kangaroo Paw ventilation system does away with conventional cooling vanes, instead using a network of 144 precisely positioned pillars. This gives greater strength as well as markedly improved heat handling.
Thermo-graphic paint markings on the edge of the discs allow the owner to monitor the brake temperatures being achieved.
Completing the V-Sport package is AP Racing Dot 5.1 brake fluid, a premium road-and-track formula capable of running much higher temperatures than the OE (original equipment) fluid, plus Goodridge stainless steel braided lines.
Goodridge brake lines are used in Formula One, MotoGP racing, NASCAR and the World Rally Championship. Replacing the Evo?s rubber lines with this proven stainless steel braided product allows higher pressures to be achieved.
"It took a lot of work to select, test and refine the upgrade," says Tony, "but the performance speaks for itself. Best of all, the package fits into the V-Sport credo of track level performance for a street car price".