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A monthly newsletter for valued clients and associates of MRT Performance
In This Edition

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MRT Info

Upcoming Events

January 19
Autosports Track Day - Wakefield Park

January 27 & 28
Lake Mountain Sprint

January 31 to February 3
A1 Grand Prix - Eastern Creek

February 7 - 10
Bathurst 12 hour Race

February 15 - 17
Rally Tasmania

February 21 - 24
Clipsal 500

May 30 - June 1
Thredbo Sprint

Early November
Mt Buller Sprint

2008 MRT Track Day dates
February 8
March 28
June 13
August 1
October 10
December 5

Pre-event Tech Nights at MRT
January 30
March 19
June 4
July 23
October 1
November 26

Partners

Job Opportunities

Monthly we list job opportunities with MRT and or its resellers.

Mechanic: Due to our ongoing growth, MRT is looking for a new qualified mechanic to join its team, contact the workshop manager here.

Parts Coordinator: This is a part time position and is an immediate start. if you feel you have what it takes, contact the workshop manager here.

Resellers

Mission Statement

Vision:

To be the best motor vehicle parts and service company in Australia

Mission:

Happy Clients

> We aim to service customers that appreciate the quality, knowledge and value that we provide.
> By accurately assessing client needs and supplying service and parts in a professional manner.
> By manufacturing or sourcing the highest quality parts at competitive prices.
> By having great systems that support our team in delivering exceptional customer service.

Happy Employees

> By having great team members who are well rewarded and committed to the MRT vision.

Happy Suppliers

> We will find suppliers who are keen to partner with us to develop long standing relationships and produce exclusive quality services and parts.

Happy Shareholders

> By delivering a good return on investment.

Warranty Check

Is your car close to the end of its factory warranty? Have a "warranty check" done now to avoid potentially costly repairs, PRIOR to your 3 year term running out!

MRT's experience will ensure you can be confident of getting any common factory fault repaired as well as any potential fault rectified, BEFORE your car shows signs of distress!

Call us now 02 9767 4545 or visit our recommended resellers

Memberships & Affiliations

Christmas Suggestions

Buy Subaru Performance Handbook Online now!

Buy the electronic version or hard copy of our Subaru Performance Handbook by visiting this website.

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MRT Products & Services

Power with guaranteed results. MRT offer many kinds of kits to suit your car. Check out our Power Kits here.

All our MRT Power Kits and many of our other parts allow you to modify your car and maintaing your factory warranty. Contact us for more information, or read more details on our website.

Dyno tuning, offered by MRT is completely done "in house" - we do not sub let our tuning work and you can rely on MRT. More info here or book in for a tune here.

MRT can service most popular cars, we do MORE than high performance work. Click this link for more info, or book in for a service here.

Need tough teeth? Follow this link for more info on our gear sets and transmission repairs that we offer.

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Merry Christmas from MRT

Once again its the time of the year to take a break and share it with friends and family. On behalf of MRT Performance I would like to personally wish you and your family my best wishes for the holiday season.

Please be advised that our last trading day was Merry ChristmasFriday the 21st of December 2007 and we will not re-open until Monday the 7th of January 2008. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout 2007.

As we won't be open in early Janurary, this Christmas newsletter also serves as our January 2008 newsletter, so the next edition will be in Februray. 2008 promises to be an exciting year with the release in Australia of the new Mitsubishi Evo X, Subaru MY08 STi, new Subaru MY09 Forester series, new Ford Falcon (Orion), and Nissan GTR (see article below). For MRT, 2008 promises to be a year full of R&D updates for new and existing models and early in the new year will be the launch of our new website complete with RSS feeds, new online shop, membership and affiliate features and more - stay tuned!

Subaru Performance Handbook available online

Great Xmas GIFT

The well known Subaru Performance Handbook (or Training WRX as it was known) is now available as a electronic version for immediate download - just in time for Christmas. This book intends to be a reference resource for anyone who owns, or intends to own a Subaru.

The book focuses on the Impreza but has a lot of additional information on other Subaru models. It provides a wealth of information about the design, strengths and weaknesses of the car, together with a comprehensive guide to improving the car according to one’s own requirements. Owners of turbo model Forester, Liberty/Legacy GT need not feel left out. Many of the techniques, products and most importantly, end results are very similar to the WRX. The book is aimed at rookie to enthusiast owners planning to modify their car in some way. This book is an attempt to cut through the static and attempt to resolve this problem. Continuing on with Nick Warne’s successful format, the 3rd Edition of Training WRX once again draws on the technical expertise of Brett Middleton, his team at MRT Performance and many other suppliers and manufacturers. Modifying your car requires a balanced approach, and an appreciation of the three broad categories that most modifications fall into:

Subaru Performance Handbook
  • Relatively in-expensive quick to install parts. Some of these can even be done at home by you, given a small amount of mechanical aptitude and a few common tools.
  • Parts that even though still considered “Bolt-ons” require specialist attention to ensure everything is assembled and tuned to work in harmony.
  • Hard-core performance modifications, a.k.a the “Monster Tune”, consisting of the biggest, brightest and most expensive mods you can do to your Subaru, consuming both money and time in equally frightening proportions.

This book covers all of these categories in at least some detail, and while not professing to be the final word in Subaru tuning, is an excellent base to get you up and running, providing you with the ammunition required to start asking questions that are applicable to your intended level of modifications. The great thing about the WRX Modification journey is that as long as you don’t go down a blind alley, you can start out with the smallest and least expensive of mods, and then build up as you get more intrigued, better paid or simply just obsessed! Pick your own excuse.

Available online now!

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Affiliate Links

Do you know what an affiliate link is? Being an affiliate allows you to promote a product and be guaranteed a share of the profits for any sale that results from your efforts.

MRT has registered its new Subaru Performance e-book with the worldwide online agency www.clickbank.com, so you can make money promoting it. If you would like to promote and receive a cash commission of any sale that you are linked with, go to this web site and register, its that easy. You don't have to accept any money other than receive your commission which is paid into your personal bank account! You can make a minimum of 25% of the sale price in commission of any WRX book that is sold via your personal exclusive link.

Its easy to promote if you own or manage a website as all you do is put some PR info about the book on your web site, then link it to the HTML clickbank link that is provided for you and that's it! Any person then who buys the book after clicking on your link, gets the book and you get paid a commission. This is also a great way for Subaru clubs to generate funds for their social activities, by registering and linking back to the clubs web site or e-mail data base.

For more info contact Brett or go to www.clickbank.com to register as an affiliate, then lookup the MRT Subaru Performance Handbook and get your unique link to promote it..

Sources: Clickbank, MRT

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MRT appointed major distributor of Noltec

Noltec SuspensionSince the change of ownership of Noltec many things have happened and one of them is the strengthening of the brand with MRT. "This does not dilute or commitment to Whiteline, Noltec Suspensionmore so it ads to the strong suspension tuning solutions that MRT has to offer" said Brett Middleton."Noltec offer many products that other manufacturers don't, and with this comes an opportunity that we can deliver to our clients" he added.

In January, MRT will increase its stock of Noltec parts and offer this as both trade and retail. For more info, refer to the Noltec web site.

Sources: Noltec, MRT

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Report: Skid Pan Training Day at Eastern Creek

NSW WRX ClubMRT attended the NSW WRX Car club December skid pan training day at Eastern Creek to assist with driver training at the request of the club, and it was good to see many familiar faces having fun in the super slippery wet concrete.

Directed by Troy Everson, the day was a huge success with a large amount of people attending, some double entering in the same car. Two areas were utilized on the huge concrete skid pan. This allowed 2 cars to run at the same time, giving people more time in their cars and less time waiting. Several layouts were used to allow drivers to practice hand brake turns and more in a safe environment.

Skid PanThe good thing about skid pan days is the speed is all relatively slow, with cars typically in 1st and 2nd gear only. As the surface is so slippery, everything happens slower and its a great way to learn more about car control. MRT plan to run a skid pan day early to mid 2008 so to register your interest, contact MRT.

A big thank you goes to David Stelzer, a client of MRT who on the day allowed Brett to do some runs in his wife's WRX with his two young sons, Zac and Oscar.

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News

MRT 2008 track day dates

BETTER and more often!

Based on the huge success of the 2007 days, MRT are pleased to confirm extended dates for 2008. The 1st track day not far away 2008 is only 2 weeks away and the first MRT track day is only 6 weeks away!

"We have had great fun at these days and introduced new people to ways to have fun in a safe environment" Brett Middleton said. "The partner companies at the track, have also helped many people improve track times and reduce running costs as well " he added.

The whole aim of the MRT track days is to provide a fun environment with the security of technical assistance and driver training.

Companies such as Whiteline, DBA, Mobil, GFB, IGN DVD's, Top Stuff / Vodaphone, Noltec, Nolathane have confirmed their commitment to next years dates.

A new tyre supplier has been confirmed, Khumo, the tyres used by Tony Sullens to twice win Targa Tasmania, will be supplied for free testing at each track day as well as technical support.


Exclusive Offer to MRT Magazine Readers

Wakefield has increased costs for the track day by almost 80% and we have not finalised final prices yet. So if you pay now you need only pay $220, (you can pre book all dates to save even more if you wish). We guarantee this price will be less than 2008 track day cost.

Please e-mail danielle@MRTrally.com.au to make a booking.


What You Get in 2008

On track Tech support from:   Plus:
  • MRT
  • Whiteline
  • Mobile
  • Go Fast Bits
  • Nolathane
  • Disc Brakes Australia
  • Nolten &
  • Kumho tyres
 
  • Free testing of tyres at the track
  • Special deals and support from Top Stuff / Vodafone
  • CD including 100's of pictures of the day
  • Free Ignition DVD and possible inclusion in the video
  • Morning tea
  • A sit down fully catered Lunch
  • Technical reports and info on preparing your car
  • Personal driver training with Brett Middleton and Wayne Boatwright
  • Follow-up emails and support from MRT

Skid Pan (Tarmac Test and Tune Day)

It is expected that a Skid pan day will be run mid year at Eastern Creek raceway as well. Unfortunately a date could not be set for the race track as the 2008 year is already fully booked!

The skid pan day will be run in a similar way to Wakefield with driver training as wel as technical support from trade partners.

The layout will be not too tight and not too fast, with the added bonus of reduced tyre wear and increased focus on steering input and throttle control.


Pre-Track Day Nights

To better prepare people and maximise track time MRT will hold pre event technical evenings 1 1/2 weeks prior every track day. The aim is to allow more time to discuss track set up as well as answer questions for basic to full blown race ideas. As well as allow time to make any changes to cars before they get to the track. These evenings will be free to any entrant and $25 for all others. Light refreshments will be provided and technical support staff from various trade partners will be present to answer questions as well as discuss various topics on their speciality.

Based on feedback, dates will be always on a Friday and as follows:

2008 MRT Track Days Pre-event Tech Nights at MRT
February 8
March 28
June 13
August 1
October 10
December 5
January 30
March 19
June 4
July 23
October 1
November 26

More information on track days and pre-event tech nights can be found at http://www.mrtrally.com.au/performance/Training_Clinic.htm.


New Nissan GTR hits 100kph in 3.3 seconds

According to Nissan the GTR will do 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds. Edmunds got their hands on a Japanese production model car with 1500kms on it and managed a 3.3.

Nissan GTROK that’s not a huge difference but when you consider the original figure already made it one of the quickest cars in the world, and it’s likely to cost around $70,000 in the US, and it’s a Nissan, it makes it even more impressive. But the best bit is the way it recorded this mind-blowing figure - with a little known launch control system that Nissan doesn't publicise widely.

To activate it you need to configure the transmission, dynamics control and damping adjustments properly. The transmission and damping switches have to be set to the R mode and the VDC must be switched off completely by holding the VDC-R button down for a few seconds. It’s is then just a matter of holding the brake with your left foot and pressing the throttle with your right, similar to if you wanted to do a burnout. But that doesn’t happen – what happens is the computer holds the engine at 4,500 rpm and waits for you to lift your left foot off the brake pedal.

When you do all hell breaks loose and the GT-R posts a 0-60mph that a Porsche Carrera GT cannot match, let alone a 911 Turbo. Read the full report and watch the video from Edmunds here.

Source: Edmunds


New Tribeca unveiled with new look and bigger engine

Subaru TribecaSubaru’s versatile Model Year 2008 Tribeca is launched today with subtle styling changes, more power, better fuel efficiency and easier third row seat access in seven-seat models. While specification is significantly enhanced, pricing is unchanged, starting from $53,990 for the Tribeca 3.6R five-seat.

Revised rear suspension on Subaru’s Medium Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) benefits ride quality, while significant transmission refinements enhance drivability too, producing an agile constant All-Wheel Drive performer. Tribeca’s new 3.6 litre six-cylinder horizontally opposed boxer engine is the largest ever produced by Subaru, yet it retains the same dimensions as the superseded 3.0 litre unit and is 0.7 kg lighter. Power is up 5.5 per cent from 180 Kilowatts to 190 kW, while torque is up an impressive 17.8 per cent from 297 Newtonmetres to 350 Nm.

Subaru TribecaThe end result is vastly improved low-end torque and better fuel economy – 11.6 litres per 100 kilometres versus 12.4 in the superseded model. Despite the larger engine, emissions are unchanged. Tribeca’s revised lighter-weight SPORTSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission produces smoother shifts and less lag. Towing capacity is also enhanced, with the 2000 kg braked capacity download now increased from 100 kg to 160 kg.

Source: Subaru Australia



Awards abound for Toyota rally team

Sue EvansToyota Racing Development (TRD) Rally Team co-driver Sue Evans has won the Australian Motorsport Personality of the Year Award, becoming the first woman to ever win the publicly-decided title. Evans defeated high-profile contenders including multiple V8 Supercar champion Mark Skaife and Formula 3 front-runner Leanne Tander to win the award organised by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

The win is also the crowning achievement in a year of unprecedented success for Evans following overall victory with husband Simon in the Australian Rally Championship (ARC). The Evans duo claimed their second and consecutive drivers' and co-drivers' titles and became the first pairing to win every heat and every round in an ARC Super Series season. Their success and team-mate Neal Bates' second overall locked in a TRD 1-2 and also helped guide Toyota to back-to-back manufacturers' titles.

Neal BatesBates (Triple Australian rally champion and TRD Rally boss) also won an award, the prestigious Phil Irving Award for engineering excellence, becoming only the third person ever to receive the honour. Bates received the accolade during the Australian Motor Sport Awards at the Docklands precinct in Melbourne, on Friday 14 December. He joins legendary Brabham Formula One team designer Ron Tauranac and gearbox guru Peter Hollinger as only the third-ever winner of the Phil Irving Award.

Full articles on Sue Evans' and Neal Bates' award can be read at Rally Australia website.

Source: Rally.com.au

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TECHNICAL / RECOMMENDED READING


What is the difference between polyester & rubber?

Rubber is the perfect suspension component for vehicle manufacturers as it is cheap to manufacture and provides unquestionable ride comfort. Unfortunately its ability to last is a major issue as they do seem to suffer from premature failure, causing unnecessary strain on other related suspension components, on tyre wear, on vehicle handling and on braking capacity.Noltec Polyester Technology In the past polyurethane offered all these advantages but fell short in the ride comfort stakes.

With Noltec’s advanced polyester technology neither ride quality nor durability is sacrificed with the customer exposed to the best of both worlds. Manufactured in the softer durometer (hardness), these polyester bushings almost match the rubber on ride quality whilst its long life guarantees vehicle stability, longer tyre life, increased handling and braking. Make sure you make the right decision , "Out with the old, in with the blue!!!"

Source: Noltec

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Customer feedback of the month

Forester XT Caravan trip

"Dear Brett,

As promised a long time ago, a report on towing my Caravan a 16' ADVANCE "Town & Country" model, with my Subaru Forester XT manual with the MRT Ecutek XB kit. We travelled altogether about 12,000kms, That was from Canberra and ending up at Cooktown Far North Queensland (return). We were away for 3 1/2 months (between June and September this year).

Forester XT with MRT XB kit and caravanThe Forster with the upgrade kit was fantastic ,with "bags" of torque to tow my Caravan which of course was fully loaded to the limit of the towing capacity for a Forester which is about 1450kilos. The only slight problem I had was finding enough Service Stations that stocked 98RON petrol!! A few times I had to resort to 95RON only, at one stage it was touch and go to make it to Cooktown as about midway there was only the Palmer River Road House station that had only unleaded 91 and of course diesel fuel. I guess the solution would have been to have a spare jerry can of 98RON with me.

Especially going uphill the massive torque of the XB kit was just unbelievable ,I was overtaking cars that would have been impossible with just an ordinary non turbo car. Also Overtaking large semi trailers and Road trains was possible due to the safety accept of the extra power and torque I had. I would recommend anyone towing a caravan with a Forester to have the Ecutek MRT upgrade done as it certainly helped me enjoy my holiday a little better knowing that I had that little extra in being able to pass and not stress the motor.

Regards and a Merry Christmas Brett and Staff,

Alex (TEX) Ihasz Subaru Forester XT MY04 (Manual with MRT "XB" Kit)

More client comments can be viewed here

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Story Writers Needed

We had some good responses to last months request for regular writers. If you would like to contribute a regular or the odd story please contact me directly at brett@MRTrally.com.au.

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MRT PRODUCT SPECIALS

January Discount

For the month of January any work completed in the MRT workshop will get an automatic 10% discount. Take advantage of this OR a 30 point FREE suspension safety check, normally valued at $95

Subaru Handbook - Available for FREE download

For online clients, download the FREE copy of the 1st TWO chapters of the Subaru performance handbook. Normally this book is $72.68 AUD

For more info on the book click here.

Follow this link and choose “Subaru Handbook - Sample” then a e-mail will be sent to you with the pdf copies of the book .

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VIDEOS OF THE MONTH

New Nissan GTR:

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FullTests/articleId=124017

Edmunds review of new 2008 Impreza STi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSCcqcpvPjA

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POLL OF THE MONTH

If MRT created a "Platinum Monthly Magazine" packed full of even more content, what would by the maximum you would consider spending as a monthly subscription (remember the more you invest, the better the content).

We are looking at ways to improve our services and the information we provide to clients, so we would very much appreciate as much feedback as possible - vote here!

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Have your say on our forums!

MRT Community ForumsDid you know that we have a forums area where you can comment on pretty much anything you want, and find a vast amount of information on MRT and car models that we service?

Want to find out what people think of certain parts for your car, or possible solutions to a problem your car has?

Our forums are a great place to ask questions about your car, or find out as much information about potential modifications, services, etc, so we recommend you register if you haven’t already done so. MRT staff and our commercial partners also monitor the forums daily, so you can get answer to your questions. Go to: http://forums.mrtperformance.com.au.

This month's hot topics:

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Message from Brett Middleton

Brett Middleton, Director, MRT PerformanceIt only seems like yesterday that we moved into MRT’s huge new premises. That was 3 years ago! As the festive season approaches take time to enjoy life, all too often we take ‘time’ for granted and then ask, where has it all gone! Time is one rare thing money cant buy, its precious!

I hope you have enjoyed the increasing efforts that the MRT crew put into each issue of the monthly magazine, we have even greater plans for 2008

Be safe and have fun!

Brett Middleton, Director, MRT Performance

* Dyno power figures are subject to a 10% variation as a result of local temperatures and fuel.
** Parts must be paid for and shipped by the end of this month, and must requested at time of initial order via the MRT online shop.
*** Prices all quoted in Australian Dollars. (AUD) For easy conversion, refer to: http://www.xe.com/ucc/.

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