Precision driving team at Coffs Harbour Show
THE upcoming Coffs Harbour Show will mark the first appearance of Isuzu UTE'S new Team D-MAX precision driving team.
In a surprise move, the team, which is owned and operated by EMG Precision Driving, announced it was switching to Isuzu D-MAXs, after five years in Toyota HiLuxs.
"The precision-driving team has been a crowd favourite at agricultural shows for over 45 years and we're thrilled to see them behind the wheel of our new D-MAX utes," said Isuzu UTE's public relations manager Dave Harding.
"Making the switch to a new manufacturer is a big deal for us, but the timing was right and Isuzu UTE is doing incredibly well," EMG director Wayne Boatwright said.
"Isuzu is one of the world's largest manufacturers of trucks and diesel engines and the D-MAX Ute has been extremely successful since it was launched in Australia in 2008."
The team's performances include close formation driving, high-speed drifts and slides, hair-raising cross-overs and ramp jumps and even driving the vehicles on two wheels.
"We've obviously got some pretty skilled drivers in the team but the shows we do are a massive test for the vehicles as well and the D-MAX is the real deal in terms of ruggedness and performance.
The team's lead driver is Jack Monkhouse.
"It will be the first time the team has used diesel power and I'm blown away by the performance of the D-MAX's 3-litre turbo diesel engine." Mr Monkhouse said.
The Coffs Harbour Show runs from Friday to Sunday, April 26 to 28.