Workshop and equipment 

MTA’s venue is located at Wodonga TAFE's Logic Campus near the Hume Freeway at Barnawartha North, just 17 kilometres south of Wodonga.

Our training facility includes eight classrooms, a large workshop, and a driver training/testing circuit 1.6 kilometres long and 8 metres wide (11 metres wide on the straight!)

This driver training venue enables our students to easily test the vehicles they've prepared and gather data on the setup and changes they've made to them. This facility puts MTA up there with the peak motorsport training facilities in the world, as even V8 Supercar teams don’t have a test track out the back of their roller door! 

a view of the new Logic Campus for MTA and NISTC

The training venue is also available for hire by individuals for driver training purposes, subject to its availability between MTA and DECA/NISTC training activities. Whilst the venue is NOT a race track and not licensed for any competition purposes, it is available for non-competitive drive days, with details available on our Venue Hire page

For those with a bent to competitive events, we suggest you contact the friendly people at nearby Winton Motor Raceway, which has a first-class licensed facility for all your circuit competition events.

MTA's well-equipped workshop

 

Workshop 

The large well-equipped workshop has six bays, five 2-post hoists and one 4-post hoist. Our workshop has withdrawal areas for online training delivery, as well as facilities for welding, fabrication, fitting and machining. There is also a composites area where students learn to make a variety of composite panels from fibreglass and carbon fibre.

MTA also uses the training facilities at Wodonga TAFE's main McKoy Street campus for the delivery of welding, fabrication, fitting and machining training, as well as those training units which require quiet classroom areas and computer laboratories.

 

Race vehicles

 

 

Ford BA V8 Supercar Ford BA V8 Supercar

Specifications: This vehicle started life as the prototype BA Supercar made by Ford to homologate the BA for V8 Supercar racing. Tested by most of the leading Ford drivers at the time to evaluate the race car, it was driven by Dick Johnson around Bathurst in 2002 to show off the new model. After retiring from these duties it spent time at the Ford Discovery Centre in Geelong. When Ford released the new FG model, the running gear was removed to power the FG prototype. Ford Australia then kindly donated the shell to MTA. It has been completed using parts from Brad Jones Racing, Ford Performance Racing and Novocastrian Motorsport, as well parts manufactured by MTA students and staff.

Plumbing of the complex oil and fuel systems is provided by Phenix Industries, our preferred high performance hose and hose fittings supplier.
Students use this to learn skills in the following areas/units.
  • Assemble hoses and fittings for motorsport applications
  • Overhaul, engine, transmission and final drive assemblies
  • Perform competition vehicle preparation procedures at an event
  • Prepare competition vehicle and support equipment for transportation
  • Select and prepare tyres and wheels for motorsport applications
  • Apply aerodynamic and vehicle dynamic principles and effects
  • Prepare competition vehicle suspension
  • Perform pit lane/service area operations.

 

Van Diemen RF04 Formula Ford Van Diemen RF04 Formula Ford

Specifications: Bought by MTA as a new car in 2004, it has had limited campaigns in the Victorian and National Formula Ford Championships running the 1600cc 'Kent' engine. It is fitted with an extensive data logging system enabling feedback during driver training sessions for novice drivers.

The Van Diemen is presently being updated to the National 'Duratec' engine specification and in the right hands can still be a race winning car.
Students use this to learn skills in the following areas/units.
  • Overhaul, engine, transmission and final drive assemblies
  • Perform competition vehicle preparation procedures at an event
  • Prepare competition vehicle and support equipment for transportation
  • Assemble and prepare a competition vehicle
  • Collect and log motorsport data
  • Select and prepare tyres and wheels for motorsport applications
  • Apply aerodynamic and vehicle dynamic principles and effects
  • Prepare competition vehicle suspension.

 

Corolla Under 2 Litre Sports Sedan

lla Under 2 Litre Sports Sedan

Specifications: Starting life as a 1976 KE55 Corolla, this vehicle is typical of most club level sports sedans in that it utilises a spaceframe structure at the front and rear whilst retaining much of the original bodyshell in between. It is powered by a mid mounted 1600cc Toyota 4AG 20Valve engine driving through a Subaru diff and Toyota MR2 suspension and brakes. It is fitted with extensive data logging, including car to pit telemetry. This vehicle is the workhorse of the MTA fleet and competes at most Benalla Auto Club Sprint days as well as the occasional Super Tin Top race. Prior to the arrival of the MTA V8 Supercar this car was also used for pit lane work.

Because so much of the vehicle is composite material, it also provides an avenue for students to develop and modify many aspects of the vehicle’s shape, as well as repairing the occasional damage.
Students use this to learn skills in the following areas/units.
  • Perform pit lane/service area operations
  • Collect and log motorsport data
  • Perform competition vehicle preparation procedures at an event
  • Select and prepare tyres and wheels for motorsport applications
  • Apply aerodynamic and vehicle dynamic principles and effects
  • Lay up and fabricate composite components. 

 

Karts, Yamaha 'J' Karts, Yamaha 'J'

Specifications: 100cc Yamaha J two strokes fitted with AIMS MYCHRON race data. Whilst in many ways the most basic of competition vehicles, these pocket rockets provide the many of the same affordable benefits to motorsport students as they do to the many kart competitors in Australia. We use them extensively for training in data logging. Students also act as officials at the local Wodonga Kart Track.

Students use this to learn skills in the following areas/units.

  • Inspect and service engines.
  • Assemble and prepare a competition vehicle.
  • Collect and log motorsport data.
  • Carry out wheel alignment operations.
  • Perform competition vehicle preparation procedures at an event
  • Prepare competition vehicle and support equipment for transportation.

 

Race car transporter Race car transporter

Specifications: The 1986 Mitsubishi transporter covers a great deal of distance every year, transporting MTA vehicles, and sometimes those of our partners, such as BJR, to race events in Victoria and interstate. It is capable of hauling a V8 Supercar and a Formula Ford at the same time, and has a fold-down ramp and rear floor enabling simple loading of the vehicles. Students learn to safely manage the loading and unloading of the vehicles, including support equipment, and proper restraining techniques.

Students use this to learn skills in the following areas/units.

  • Set up and dismantle temporary work stations
  • Operate in a motor sport environment
  • Load and unload a competition vehicle and support equipment
  • Perform competition vehicle preparation procedures at an event.

 

 

FPV Pursuit Ute (BA 260)

FPV Pursuit Ute (BA 260) Specifications: Kindly donated by Ford Australia, the FPV Ute started as a development mule before finding its way to MTA. It has been modified by the fitment of brakes as used in the popular V8 Ute series, a custom inlet manifold made by students, high performance exhaust, cams supplied by Crow Cams and a fully adjustable suspension kindly supplied by Pedders. The ute has been lightened, fitted with a safety cage and performance oriented seats and racing harnesses. Like all MTA vehicles, it is painted in PPG supplied 2-pack paint.

Students use this to learn skills in the following areas/units.

  • Service petrol fuel systems
  • Inspect and service engines
  • Analyse and repair complex performance fuel systems
  • Repair ignition systems
  • Carry out diagnostic procedures
  • Service and repair electronically controlled traction control systems
  • Service and repair electronic spark ignition engine management systems
  • Carry out diagnosis of complex system faults
  • Fabricate exhaust systems
  • Perform general machining
  • Composites (bonnet and front splitter).

Toyota Yaris Toyota Yaris

Specifications: Toyota Australia kindly loaned the vehicle to MTA. It was imported as an evaluation vehicle and has been disabled to the extent it can never be registered. It has a 2NZ 1800cc Corolla engine, and bristles with late model technology, such as ABS, traction and stability control, and a full complement of airbags.

Students use this to learn skills in the following areas/units.

  • Service petrol fuel systems.
  • Inspect and service engines.
  • Repair and replace emission control systems.
  • Repair ignition systems.
  • Carry out diagnostic procedures.
  • Service and repair electronically controlled anti-lock braking systems
  • Service and repair electronically controlled traction control systems
  • Service and repair electronic spark ignition engine management systems
  • Carry out diagnosis of complex system faults.

 

AU Drag Car

AU Drag Car

Specifications: Donated by Ford Australia, one of our great supporters, the AU started life as a Fairmont Ghia V8 development vehicle. It has been completely gutted and is in the process of being fitted with a solidly mounted 600hp 'Windsor' small block, Powerglide transmission and strengthened running gear. It is planned that the car will eventually compete in one or more drag race classes to expose students to this popular form of motorsport.

Students use this to learn skills in the following areas/units.

  • Service petrol fuel systems
  • Inspect and service engines
  • Analyse and repair complex performance fuel systems
  • Prepare Competition Vehicles
  • Prepare performance suspensions
  • Diagnose and repair complex performance driveline systems
  • Overhaul engine assemblies
  • Assemble and fit braking systems
  • Fabricate exhaust system components
  • Perform general machining
  • Composites (bonnet, guards, bootlid and front splitter).

 

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