Race-bred Super Saloons are the monsters of speedway.
Hidden under light fibreglass bodies and looking like classic American muscle cars, Super Saloon cars have sophisticated and highly complex tubular space frame chassis. Most of these are designed and built in New Zealand. In fact, Cromwell is the home of the legendary Hypermac chassis. Motors, bakes, shock absorbers and other components are all imported from American specialist manufacturers.
Minimum weight is linked to engine capacity, to ensure a level playing field.
With full race, mainly methanol-fuelled V8 motors putting down around 700 to 820 horsepower onto the Central Motor Speedway clay, Super Saloon drivers need to be quick-thinking. Throughout a race, drivers have to constantly adjust the car's set-up in response to the track's ever changing conditions.
A Super Saloon cockpit boasts some seven setting adjustment toggles, knobs and levers. These adjustments help explain why a driver leading the field may drop back towards the tail end, then charge through the field. He who makes the best adjust decisions is often the winner.
These wide-tyred, fibreglass-clad 'big bangers' provide spectacular wheel to wheel action, and are crowd favourites at the track when they race in large numbers.