AMERICAN car conversion specialists Performax International has thrown its sponsorship support behind the Trans-Am 2 national racing series.
The Gympie-based importer is Australia's converter of premium American pick-ups and sports cars, which was keen to support the action-packed racing format where drivers have the same engine under the skins of Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Cameros and Dodge Challengers.
The Performax Cup will be a six-round series starting at Winton in Victoria on March 10-11.
Under their bodywork, the cars feature identical US-built tubular chassis and GM V8 engines producing 390kW (525 horsepower). With "control" specifications, TA2 cars put the emphasis on driving skill.
Trans-Am 2 category manager Craig Harris welcomed the partnership with Performax as a feather in the cap for the growing category.
"We're thrilled to announce the partnership with Performax and Trans-Am 2 as we expand to a national series in 2018," Harris said.
"Trans-Am 2 has proven to be a hit with racers and fans both young and old. They're loud, they're fast and the racing is spectacular.
"We look forward to working closely with the team at Performax to showcase their brand across the country."
Performax International director Greg Waters said the company had a long history as a premium importer and converter of American muscle cars.
"That is the essential link in supporting Trans-Am 2 and Performax is delighted to become involved in this growing category," he said.
"Performax American pick-ups are the perfect tow-vehicle for drivers and we have a long and successful history of supporting teams involved in motorsport racing throughout Australia.
"Performax is looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership and a successful 2018 season."
Round 1: Winton, March 10-11.
Round 2: Ipswich, April 20-22.
Round 3: Ipswich, June 22-24.
Round 4: Goulburn, August 18-19.
Round 5: Ipswich, September 14-16.
Round 6: Sydney, Eastern Creek, October 27-28.