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Bat Corvette

Broadcast dates : 21st August 2005
27th August 2005


BAT Racing is a Jo’burg company that builds these chassis to international standards. Driven by Terence Marsh with Mike Whitehouse as navigator, the Nashua Bat is leading the off-road championship at present.

Over rough terrain there’s nothing to touch a Special category off-roader. It has about 500 millimetres of ground clearance, thanks to those massive wheels. 

And the long wishbone suspension, with multiple coil-over springs and dampers, has enormous travel, or up-and-down movement.

Of course, the suspension is fully adjustable for various surfaces, but so far the set-up has worked well over all terrains.

The off-road track can vary from flat-out dusty conditions in the Kalahari, to rock-strewn mountains in Lesotho.

The shock absorbers or dampers take a terrible pounding, which is why only the best imported components are used.
Over the rough stuff these vehicles are faster than the highly modified Nissan pick-ups, despite being run by privateer teams like the Nashua Mobile outfit.

For flat-out running, owner-driver Terence Marsh gave a demonstration of what the Bat is capable of. Terence has raced on tar circuits too, but prefers the off-road scene.

The cockpit of the Bat is super hi tech. Plenty of carbon fibre paneling is used and navigator Mike Whitehouse has all the latest odo and GPS equipment at his disposal. The cabin crew also makes use of the latest technology for their personal "engine rooms".

On the engine front, the Bat is fitted with as very special race-prepped Chev Corvette LS1 engine producing some 410 kiloWatts.

It runs a five-speed sequential gearbox made by Fortin and a Fortin differential.

A Motec engine management system takes care of electronics, and this car accelerates to a hundred in four seconds, and tops out at 185kilometres per hour.

On dirt tracks, not roads!

BAT Corvette
  • Engine: V8 Chevy LS1 petrol, 5 700 cc
  • Power: 410 kW @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: N/A
  • Transmission: Five-speed sequential Fortin, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h : 4,0 seconds
  • Top speed: 185 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 50 litres/100 km (estimated) 
  • Price: R1-million

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