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Nair Turns His Dream For Race Cars Into Reality

Ravi Nair, a Suva-based businessman, has turned his dream for race cars into reality. The director of Lightsounds and Royal Weddings Fiji took the overall winner trophy in the last
14 Sep 2015 01:26
Nair Turns His Dream For Race Cars Into Reality
Ravi Nair.

Ravi Nair, a Suva-based businessman, has turned his dream for race cars into reality.

The director of Lightsounds and Royal Weddings Fiji took the overall winner trophy in the last Fiji Car Club Drag Race two weeks ago with a time of 10.69 seconds.

An electronics engineer by profession specialising in media, communications and audio visual engineering, Mr Nair has turned his Series 4 Mazda RX7 into one of the fastest cars in the country.

Of course the heavy upgrades do not make his car road legal but are permitted for racing purposes only by the Land Transport Authority.

So the only time you get to see this beauty (or shall I say the beast) is on the tracks at the Nanuku Aerodrome in Pacific Harbour.

But converting his car into what it is today was not an easy task.

Mr Nair said: “The actual time to convert my normal street car into a race car took three years.

“But before that, there was a two year additional period of research and planning.”

Mr Nair has been racing for just over three and half years making his debut in the last race of 2011 season.

“I have passion for this vehicle because I have put in a lot hours of work in it, working on every detail to make the car fast and to perform on the ¼ mile race track on race days,” he said.

Read more in the interview below:

What are your thoughts on Motor Sports in Fiji?

Motorsports is a growing sport in Fiji. There is a lot of enthusiasm for fast cars and people are slowly coming up with modified cars to play the speed game.

 

What’s special about your vehicle?

My vehicle is not a road legal vehicle and is permitted for racing purpose only by the LTA. What makes this car special is its ability to make huge Horsepower in the matter of few seconds. This vehicle is aiming for the fastest time in Fiji.

 

Tell us about all the vehicle upgrades you have done with your vehicle?

To start with, I have a 20b Rotary engine to suit a race application, a race glides gearbox with an upgraded Microtech ECU to control all the electronic gadgets in the car. This gearbox was carefully selected considering the power this rotary engine makes and that it matches with the different ratio of the vehicle it’s installed in.

 

Are the parts for upgrades for your vehicle available locally?

No, all performance parts were bought from either Australia or New Zealand, however, most stock parts were utilised from the vehicle itself.

 

How many races have your participated in so far?

I have participated in a total of 16 races so far. In this 16 races I have won the first overall trophy twice, the second runner trophy 8 times, the third overall trophy twice, and rest facing issues in the vehicle causing to retire for the day.

 

Tell us about your win at the last drags? You clocked 10.69 seconds.

As a professional racer, winning is the best thing that happens on the race track. It’s always about the first overall trophies for the day and I was happy to put my hands on it for the second time.

 

What’s the max speed you have done with your vehicle on the tracks?

The maximum speed I have done is 260km/h over a ¼ mile distance (402 metres).

 

Your first vehicle?

My first vehicle was a Mitsubishi EVO

 

Dream vehicle?

A formula1 race car is one car I would love to drive sometime.

 

Prefer manual or automatic?

Prefer a manual street vehicle or a manually shifted 5 speed semi auto box for racing

 

Favourite movie vehicle scene?

The scene from fast and furious by Vin Diesel:  “I live my life a ¼ mile a time, and in that time of 10 seconds or less, I am free.”

 

What annoys you the most about other drivers?

I get annoyed when people break road rules while driving, unnecessary loud exhaust system that only makes noise and over speeding when they not supposed to causing unnecessary accidents.

 

Traffic in Suva….what’s your take on it?

Too much noise and pollution by tired vehicles. Most of them needs to retire.

 

Advice for drivers?

Drive your cars within the specified speed limits at all times, or join the Fiji Car Club if you like to speed to thrill on the tracks only.

 

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 



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