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. Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 52 - 2016-06-21

Team Kobra is extremely proud to announce that we managed to sneak a top ten position at the Steineck Lodge 4XTR National Championship event on Friday 17 June! With Koos Zietsman driving a Challenge competition 4x4 vehicle for the first time in 11 years and co-driver Ntanga Mulaudzi doing co-pilot duties for the first time in his life, we are reall... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 51 - 2016-06-15

Team Kobra is very excited to say that we had a great practice session this past Sunday with Kobra sounding sweeter than ever after the rebuild! I will be driving Kobra this coming Friday 17 June at the Steineck Lodge National 4XTR Championship event near Rustenburg with Ntanga as co-driver. This will be my first National event as driver since 11 y... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 50 - 2016-04-18

Team Z-Factor Racing arrived at the Rustenburg round of the SA National 4XTR Championship on Saturday 9 April in full force! All 4 our vehicles run on Maxxis tyres and Bilstein dampers and despite the fact that we experienced some teething problems here and there, I am very proud to advise that Barrie Drenth snatched 3rd place on the day ahead of a... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 49 - 2016-03-15

The first round of the 2016 SA National 4XTR Championship got off to a big start near Rayton on Saturday 12 March! Team Z-Factor Racing was well represented by Barrie & Arno Drenth and Hanko & Hesma Swart, all of them sponsored by Maxxis Tyres and Billstein dampers. Elinem Engineering and Bradbri Engineering also stepped up to the plate wit... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 48 - 2016-01-26

And so Team Kobra made a last bow at the Autosport International motor show in Birmingham the second week of January this year. Kobra took centre stage on the Bilstein stand with one wheel lifted 900mm in the air and firmly planted on a specially fabricated steel pedestal, quite something to see! Click here to see pictures of Kobra with wheel on st... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 47 - 2015-12-07

With Kobra well on his way to the UK inside a container to appear on the Bilstein stand at the Autosport International motor show in Birmingham early January, we thought it fitting to bring you a short compilation action packed video of Arno and me participating in this year's Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship. To watch it simply click here,... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 46 - 2015-11-09

Team Kobra had a tough day at the office at Saturday's final round of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Challenge Championship near Emelo and had to be satisfied with 5th position on the day. Fortunately, we performed well enough to retain our overall positions in the Championship, Arno finished 4th in the Drivers' category and I managed to sneak... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 45 - 2015-11-02

We are very excited to announce that Hesma Swart has now also joined the band of Bilstein drivers out there! Her car (Bolt) has been revamped by Marius de Blanche and a set of special Bilstein coil-over dampers was installed as part of the revamp. We had a practice session at Rayton on Sunday 1 November and Hesma reports a vast improvement in the s... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 44 - 2015-10-20

Team Kobra is very excited to tell you that Bilstein UK has offered to ship Kobra over to England to be part of their stand at the Autosport International motor show from 14 to 17 January, yeah baby! You can watch the action packed video showing off Kobra's incredible cat-like performance here thanks to our incredible Bilstein / Eibach suspensi... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 43 - 2015-10-09

We are extremely proud to announce that the Modified Class of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR event near Rayton on 3 October was won by Team Ultimate 4x4 with Barrie Drenth and Brendon Gird on board! Well done guys, this is a great performance and certainly does wonders for your overall Championship standings! Team Kobra (Arno Drenth and Koos Zietsm... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 42 - 2015-09-23

Team Kobra is pretty well prepared for the 2nd last round of the 2015 Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship near Diamond-X Ranch, Rayton district on Saturday 3 October. Our class is fiercely contested with no less than 6 National Champion Drivers hell bent on coming out on top to prove their prowess! More details on the venue will follow next wee... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 41 - 2015-07-31

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Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 40 - 2015-07-28

Team Kobra is really proud to announce that we had a great day at the 5th event of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship Event on Saturday 25 July near Durban to finish on the podium, yeah baby! The hard work done by our sponsors Elinem Engineering and Bradbri Engineering to manufacture new prop shafts from billet machined Weldox 700 steel made ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 39 - 2015-07-20

The 5th round of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship takes place on this coming Saturday 25 July at the High Stakes Ranch between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, GPS Co-ordinates: S29° 45.628', E30° 34.879'. The action starts at 09h30 and carries on till 17h00. Entry fee is only R40 / adult and R20 / scholar. Kobra has been sub... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 38 - 2015-05-26

Team Ultimate 4x4 (Barrie Drenth & Brendon Gird) had another consistent day at the Maxxis SA National 4XTR at Malonjeni Country Lodge in the Midvaal area on Saturday and ended the day with a respectable 4th position in the highly competitive Modified Class. Team Kobra (Arno Drenth & Koos Zietsman) had a less satisfactory day and had to s... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 37 - 2015-05-19

We have a set of brand new Bilstein coil-over shocks available for a special never to be repeated mid-year price of only R2500 each, this is R1000 each below the normal selling price! These shocks have 335mm travel, a sturdy 18mm shaft, screw adjustable pre-load spring seats and a top quality Selasto bump stop around the shaft. Click here to see... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 36 - 2015-05-18

Team Kobra had a great practice session at the Gerotek Test Track west of Pretoria on Saturday. The focus was to check if the new Trail Gear steering pump (Lynton Swatton at Ultimate Offroad) combined with a revised steering cylinder (Haydn Rawlins & Jaco Beukes at Pro-Hydraulics) worked as planned. Besides the steering system, we also wanted t... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 35 - 2015-04-15

Team Kobra is proud to announce that Arno and Estelle Drenth (husband and wife) had a very good day at the 3rd round of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship near Fochville in the Wesvaal area on Saturday 11 April. I was away on a business trip and Estelle took my place for the day, her calming effect meant that nothing broke on Kobra and neithe... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 34 - 2015-03-16

Team Ultimate 4x4 (Barrie Drenth and Brendon Gird) managed to snatch a third position again at the Maxxis SA National 4XTR event near Rustenburg on Saturday! They had a consistent day and are now very well placed in the Championship due to their consistency. The fairy tale start to the season for Team Kobra (Arno Drenth and Koos Zietsman) turned... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 33 - 2015-03-13

We are printing a batch of special Team Kobra T-shirts to order, see the picture below of what it will look like. We sell them at our cost which is only R125 each all included. If you want to order some for yourself (and your family!), please send me the sizes and quantities. We plan to have these done before the next 4XTR event at Wesvaal ne... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 32 - 2015-03-09

Team Kobra and Team Ultimate 4x4 enjoyed a great practice day near Rayton this past Saturday 7 March. This quarry is used for one of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR events and offers some really daunting obstacles, thus a proper place to practice! Follow this link to watch a short action packed video of Saturday's action, you won't be disappoin... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 31 - 2015-02-12

Team Kobra with Arno Drenth as driver and Koos Zietsman as co-driver is extremely proud to announce that we won our debut event in the Modified class of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship near Parys on 7 February! This is even more remarkable considering that we only managed a 30 minute practice session on the Friday afternoon before the even... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 30 - 2015-02-09

Team Ultimate 4x4 had a hot, busy and very difficult day at the first event of the 2015 Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship near Parys on Saturday. We collided with a tree stump on the second obstacle that cracked the oil sump. Luckily, Pratley steel came to our rescue and we could fix the leak and continue with the competition. The obstacles were... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 29 - 2015-02-05

It’s again time for the X-Track racing series competitors to ignite their engines this coming weekend at Parys in the Free State. As TEAM Ultimate 4X4 we put a lot of time into getting the car geared up this off-season. We are more than ready to face the stiff competition waiting for us in the ultra competitive modified class. Barrie Drenth w... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 28 - 2015-01-14

Some great news to start the new year, we have received a new batch of 20 Bilstein coil-over shocks over December! Even better news is that we could share the freight charges with other stuff that was brought in so we can offer these beauties now at the much reduced price of only R3500 each, all inclusive!   Click on the link here to view pi... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 27 - 2015-01-14

Welcome back everyone, we wish each one of you all the very best that the new year can offer!   Due to the festive season, Team Kobra has been quiet on the newsletter and website fronts but the good news is that we are back in full strength and our regular service of newsletters and website updates kicks off in all earnest again today! &nbs... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 26 - 2014-11-28

And so the pieces of the Kobra puzzle keep falling into place……   Click "here" to view our sparkling new steering cylinder that was designed and manufactured by Pro-Hydraulics and delivered today. This cylinder is no easy push-over, those shafts are 35mm thick and the rod-end bearings are 25mm units (only one shown in... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 25 - 2014-11-26

This is a reminder to all our serious 4x4 friends out there that we still have one set of 4 Bilstein coil-over dampers in stock with another 20 units due to be air freighted out to us in the next two weeks. These are prime units and the price is only R4000 each all inclusive, see pictures “here”. They have 335mm travel, a hefty 18mm ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 24 - 2014-11-20

The 2014 Maxxis SA National 4XTR season may be finished, but Team Ultimate 4x4 are hard at work improving / fixing / overhauling our 4x4 in anticipation of next season! The list of activities we are currently busy with are: Overhaul / check front and rear differentials Open up our gearbox, check for any signs of impending doom, giving it a ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 23 - 2014-11-19

Let’s start this newsletter with great news: Team Kobra has received confirmation that we will once again be sponsored by Maxxis Tyres for the 2015 season! Both Arno and I have a relationship with Jon Wen and Maxxis Tyres stretching back to 2006 and we are really thrilled to remain members of Team Maxxis for next year.   In the meantim... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 22 - 2014-11-13

Time marches on relentlessly and so Kwagga came to the end of his useful life, all that remains of him is to donate parts so we can build our new Modified Class 4x4 called Kobra for next season. As a sort of final salute to Kwagga, I edited a video of Team Kwagga competing near Molteno in the Eastern Cape this past weekend, just click on the lin... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 21 - 2014-11-10

And so another racing season ends and Team Kwagga have to be satisfied with 2nd position in the Street Legal Locker Class for the second year in a row, eish! We were well prepared for the last event of the season at Molteno on Saturday 8 November, but breaking all 12 studs on the left front hub in obstacle 4 cost us dearly. We made no points in thi... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 20 - 2014-11-04

I know it’s pretty late for this newsletter, but I reckon “better late than never”! I finally found time to compile the Rayton video’s for both Team Kwagga and Team Ultimate 4x4 and they are now available for viewing on our website at www.zfactor.co.za under the “Videos” tab, I hope you enjoy them! There is some ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 19 - 2014-10-14

Kwagga is undergoing some serious rebuilding at Delberg Engineering to fix the roll cage after our heavy fall at Rayton 2 weeks ago. I can highly recommend Delberg Engineering for any pipework that you might need! I posted a couple of pictures of Kwagga stripped down for the repair this morning, check them out on the “Gallery” tab ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 16 - 2014-10-13

On Saturday 11 October Team Kwagga (Arno Drenth and Koos Zietsman) won the SA Northern Regions Maxxis 4XTR Championship in the Street Legal Lockers Class, yeah baby!   On top of that, Team Ultimate 4x4 (Barrie Drenth and Brendon Gird) snatched their maiden victory in the ultra-competitive Modified Class ahead of a jam-packed field to follow ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 15 - 2014-10-08

Guys and Girls, as promised, we bring you the directions to the forthcoming Maxxis SA National 4XTR Racing Championship near Rayton this coming Saturday 11 October, see map with GPS coordinates attached. The action starts at 09h30 and carries on till late afternoon. There will be food and drinks stalls, you are also welcome to bring your own food a... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 14 - 2014-10-03

This is a reminder that the second last round of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Racing Championship will take place near Rayton / Cullinan next Saturday 11 October. I will send out directions and GPS waypoints next week closer to the time, in the meantime please make a knot somewhere so you will remember! This will be the second last time that Kwagga ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 13 - 2014-09-25

The CAD design work on Kobra has started with a bang! Thanks to Ngena Design Space and Ruann vd Merwe, you can now view the CAD Suspension Articulation of Kobra on our http://www.zfactor.co.za website under the “Videos” tab, Yeah Baby!   More to follow, keep on visiting our website for fresh content. We have the bit firmly betwee... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 12 - 2014-09-23

Z-Factor Racing is extremely pleased and excited to announce that the design of Kobra, our new Modified Class competition 4x4 for next season has now kicked off in all earnest thanks to Ngena Design Space who made a CAD designer available to us at a very reasonable rate! Thanks to Paul Lubbinge from Ngena and my friend Neels van der Merwe who broke... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 11 - 2014-09-17

Just a heads-up that a batch of 4 x Z-Factor Spools and Spline Shafts to replace the differential in a Camry gearbox and fit standard Hilux prop shaft flanges were completed by Bradbri Engineering and are for sale now. Price is R4000 per set. Barrie Drenth https://www.facebook.com/barrie.drenth used the prototype set to snatch his first podium fini... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 10 - 2014-08-25

Team Z-Factor had a howling weekend at the 6th round of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship Series near Brits this past Saturday 23 August! Team Kwagga won the Street Legal Locker Class and Team Ultimate 4x4 snatched their first podium of the season in the ultra-competitive Modified Class! Further good news is that my friends Tonie Botes and D... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 9 - 2014-08-21

Eibach, world renowned manufacturer of automotive and motorsport aftermarket springs, have confirmed today that they will supply Eibach coil springs to work with the Bilstein coil-over dampers on Kobra, our new 4XTR competition for next season! We welcome them on board and are very proud of having another top class automotive supplier joining Team ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 8 - 2014-08-20

This is just a short reminder that the next round of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship takes place near Brits, North West Province on Saturday 23 August, just 3 days away!   The GPS waypoints to the event entrance are S25.56595° E27.77150°, just past Wagpos High School.   For those friends that have gotten themselve... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 7 - 2014-08-19

Z-Factor is very proud to unveil our replacement Gearbox Spool and Spline Shaft for the popular Camry gearbox used by many 4XTR competitors! It consists of a spool to replace the diff and a spline shaft that runs through the internal splines in the spool and is made from 300M ultra strong steel. The splines accept Hilux flanges front and back. The ... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 6 - 2014-08-12

Many weeks have passed since our previous newsletter regarding the design and building of Kobra, our new Modified Class 4x4 for next season. The Atlas transfer case which was adjudged non-compliant with the regulations for this class has been returned to Advance Adapters in California for which we have to thank them very much! What a pity though&he... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 5 - 2014-08-08

Team Kwagga is really proud to welcome Barrie Drenth and Brendon Gird to the Z-Factor family! They have competed in the Modified Class in the colours of Ultimate 4x4 since the start of the year and have made steady progress towards the front of the pack since then. Barrie approached me some weeks ago to act as their team manager to assist them with... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 4 - 2014-07-31

Guys and Girls, as if the video of the past weekend’s action at Durban wasn’t enough already, we have added pictures of the action to our Gallery tab on our website at www.zfactor.co.za, the pictures are with compliments from Paul Ruschenbaum and his video team at 4x4 Video (www.4x4video.co.za). We have also added a new tab with pict... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 3 - 2014-07-29

Team Kwagga is extremely proud to announce that we won round 5 of the Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship in KZN near Durban on Saturday 26 July in a convincing fashion! The obstacles suited our exuberant style and Kwagga relished in showing off his capabilities! From the crackling new Bilstein dampers with integrated bump stops to the fresh new s... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 2 - 2014-07-21

After a rather stormy last couple of weeks, Team Kwagga is quietly optimistic about a good showing at the 5th round of the Maxxis South African National 4XTR Championship this coming Saturday 26 July near Durban. The venue will once again be the High Stakes Ranch halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the GPS waypoints are S29.76046° E30.... more

Z-Factor Newsletter | Issue 1 - 2014-07-01

Z-Factor, my trade name since I raced motorcycles in the 80’s, is alive and well again! The recent move from Team Kwagga to Team Kobra for next year landed me in a quandary, what to do with the Team Kwagga stuff and yet move on to Team Kobra? In the end the answer was simple, combine everything that I’m involved with under one umbre... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 16 - 2014-06-23

Team Kwagga is thrilled to announce that the design of Kobra, our Modified Class 4x4 competition vehicle for next season is really progressing well! Not only is the design going ahead at great speed, we also managed to source a number of major components this week that we need to build it as well!   To start off with, I scrape... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 15 - 2014-06-19

Broadcast Dates for the 4th event of the Maxxis 4XTR series at Midvaal on 24 May: 19-Jun-14 21:00 22:00 SuperSport Eight P 20-Jun-14 07:30 08:30 SuperSport Eight R 23-Jun-14 12:30 13:30 SuperSport Eight R 23-Jun-14 21:55 22:55 SuperSport Select SA R 24-Jun-14 16:30 17:30 SuperSport Eight R 25-Jun-14 07:00 08:00 SuperSport Select SA R 25-Jun-... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 14 - 2014-06-13

Since our early exit at Midvaal  on 24 May, Team Kwagga has been licking wounds and getting ready to be fighting fit again for the KZN event on 26 July! The failed component in our front axle that side-lined us turned out to be a failed CV joint. Yes, the super-duper Chrome-Moly 30-spline Longfield version all the way from the USA! Fortunately... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 13 - 2014-05-26

Team Kwagga bombed out of the Midvaal Maxxis South African National 4XTR Championship event on Saturday after just 4 obstacles. We had a great start in the time trial though, what absolute exhilaration to sit next to Arno when things get kind’a loose! Check out the awesome pictures my son Jimmy took of this section on or website at www.teamkw... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 12 - 2014-05-20

The 4th event of the 2014 Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship will be held at Malonjeni Guest Farm this coming Saturday 24 May. The GPS waypoints for this event are S 26deg 36.159' E 28deg 09.689. The action starts at 09h00 in the morning and carries on till late afternoon. Entrance fee to the event is R60 per person, the added bonus is that t... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 11 - 2014-05-16

Team Kwagga is very excited to announce that a special order of 20 purpose built Bilstein Coil-Over dampers for the 4XTR fraternity have arrived today! Bilstein is one of Team Kwagga's proud sponsors and together we decided last year to develop and build these dampers specifically for South African 4XTR competitors. It was also decided that the... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 10 - 2014-05-12

Hi everyone, below are the broadcast times for the Wesvaal Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship that was held on 12 April near Fochville, hope you enjoy it! Broadcast times for Maxxis 4xtr Wesvaal: 9 May 22:00 23:00 Supersport Select SA R 12 May 23:00 00:00 Supersport Eight R 13 May 15:00 16:00 Supersport Eight R 14 May 17:00 18:00 Superspor... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 9 - 2014-04-29

The 4th event of the 2014 Maxxis SA National 4XTR Championship will be held at Malonjeni Guest Farm on Saturday 24 May. The GPS waypoints for this event are S 26deg 36.159' E 28deg 09.689’. The action starts at 09h00 in the morning and carries on till late afternoon. Entrance fee to the event is only R40 per adult, you will have to go far... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 8 - 2014-04-14

Team Kwagga is very proud to announce that we won the Maxxis 4XTR National event at Wesvaal today (12 April), yeah baby! It was an incredible roller coaster ride on the leader board, after 3 obstacles we were leading but then fell way back the standings with 2 rolls in consecutive obstacles, ouch. We showed pedigree at this point, did not lose t... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 7 - 2014-04-04

Team Kwagga has been keeping a low profile since the previous event at Polokwane 4 weeks ago. Arno did however have a good practice session last Saturday and reports that all is good in Kwagga-land!   I received confirmation from Bilstein that our new super-woed-woed Bilstein dampers with integrated hydraulic bump stops were couriered out of... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 6 - 2014-03-18

After a slow start to the season 5 weeks ago at Parys, Team Kwagga stepped up to the plate at Polokwane on Saturday to deliver a great performance and finish in 2nd position for the day. We were beaten by a very small margin by Roelf Kruger in his new Lexus powered Jeep.   The competition was stiff, the obstacles were very impressive and Arn... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 5 - 2014-03-18

Team Kwagga is proud to announce that we have a new towing vehicle, a 2011 Hilux 3.0 D-4D 4x4, see picture attached. I bought the vehicle from Imperial Toyota in Randburg on Monday and I was blown away by the level of service I received from them, highly recommended!   Today I fitted a decent set of tyres as a first and very critical step in... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 4 - 2014-03-18

The silence after the storm, Kwagga resting on the trailer after Saturday’s Parys storm! We had a really tough day, mainly because we made it hard on ourselves with a number of unforced errors. Kwagga performed really well, except for the fuel pump that cut out at a critical place in an obstacle which ended up with us on the side for the seco... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 3 - 2014-03-18

Attached please find the full race calendar for the 2014 Maxxis SA 4x4 X-Track Racing National Championship events that Team Kwagga will be participating in. To make it even easier for all our friends, sponsors and fans to come and watch us perform live, I have added columns containing GPS waypoints to the various events in all 3 popular formats. N... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 2 - 2014-03-18

So we lost the 2013 championship by a single point, boo-hoo-hooo! (Why does this heading look familiar….) Those of you that follow Team Kwagga on Facebook will already know that we received Kwagga back from LR Spraypainters in Brakpan last Friday morning 1 Feb, just 8 short days before the first event of the 2014 Maxxis SA National 4x4 X... more

Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 1 - 2014-03-17

So we lost the 2013 championship by a single point, boo-hoo-hooo! Directly after the last event at Rayton on 8 November last year, we started the hard work to prepare for the new season. Below is a list of things that have been done as well as some items that still need attention before the first event of the 2014 season near Parys in the Free S... more