Welcome to the Auckland Offroad Racing Club
Offroad Racing encompasses a broad range of racing classes. From Standard 4×4 vehicles that can race on Sunday and be seen driving around town on Monday, to fire breathing, unlimited modification, purpose built race cars. Our racing classes are set by the Offroad Association of New Zealand and adhere strictly to there rulebook regarding safety and compliance.
The most popular Racing Classes are:
Space frame Offroad Race Car with unlimited modifications to suspension, drive train and powerplant
Production 4×4 vehicles, with some modifications to suit racing
Space frame Offroad Race Car, 1640cc maximum displacement engines of any manufacturer, unlimited suspension and drivetrain modifications
Modified Production 4×4 vehicles. Limited engine modifications and unlimited suspension modifications
Space frame Offroad Race Car, 1321cc maximum displacement engines of any manufacturer, unlimited suspension and drive train modifications
Modified Production 4×4 vehicles. Engine and unlimited suspension modifications allow, but the vehicle must be road registered and hold a current Warrant of Fitness
Space Frame Offroad Race Car. Standard air-cooled VW 1200cc engine, Standard VW Swing-Axle Gearbox, Standard VW 1960′s Kombi Front Suspension
Unlimited modification 4×4 or 2wd Truck class. Any engine configuration, any Drivetrain, any suspension modifications
Baja Bug Class, Full car body of any manufacturer on the standard manufacturers floor pan (chassis or sub-frame). unlimited engine, drivetrain and suspension modifications
Space frame Offroad Race Car, Motorcycle engine, no engine size limits, unlimited modifications to suspension, drive train and powerplant
Space Frame Offroad Race Car. Standard air-cooled VW 1600cc engine, Standard VW Swing-Axle Gearbox, Standard VW 1960′s Kombi Front Suspension
Standard UTV race cars. limited safety modifcations, as sold by any manufacturer
The Auckland Offroad Racing Club was formed in 2004 from two existing Offroad Racing clubs - Auckland Buggy Club and Western Districts Offroad Racing Club. Our main goal is to promote the sport of offroad racing under the umbrella of our parent body ORANZ (Offroad Racing Association of New Zealand). We race on natural formed terrain, gravel roads and man made dirt circuits.
Auckland Offroad Racing Club is a club of Champions. Our membership boasts the largest number of National Championship title holders and winners of significant races than any other Offroad Racing club in New Zealand. As well as being a home of champions, our club is also the host club for New Zealands most iconic Offroad Races. Every year the Auckland Offroad Racing Club hosts the Woodhill 100, a 170km race through the Woohill Forest which has been raced annually for over 30 years. Every second year the Auckland Offroad Racing Club is the host club for the running of the Taupo 1000. the Taupo 1000 is a two day, 1000km international race through the Kaiangaroa Forest near Taupo. A large field of competitors from New Zealand and overseas compete in this event to win one of the longest races in the Southern Hemisphere.
Offroad racing requires competitors to build vehicles which can take a pounding over various race distances of open terrain. Race tracks vary from the shortcourse stadium track to forestry enduro tracks, to farm land, to sand tracks.
The New Zealand competition has created a preference for competitors to focus on the endurance races instead of shortcourse races. There are significant differences between and Enduro car and a Shortcourse car. The Enduro car needs to be “bullet-proof”. Every component needs to survive the battering of “race pace” for more than 2 hours non-stop racing .
Enduro cars have massive suspension, over 20 inches of wheel travel is common. Gearboxes have to be incredibly robust. Imported custom boxes from the USA are common on these race cars , and increasing number of cars are using Porsche Gear boxes.
The Shortcourse car has to survive only 10 minutes of “race pace” at a time. The car needs a good “power to weight ratio” and will sacrifice any unrequired component to get lighter. Cars are built with less steel, less suspension and use smaller fuel tanks. The gearbox still has to be good, but does not need to be indestructible. Speed wins here instead of reliability.