Welcome to Compact Motorsport!
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Tim and I'm the owner of Compact Motorsport Ltd, a niche-market business born out of a passion for engineering and all things Daihatsu!
My personal career started with Daihatsu Industrial Engines, working along side my father, as the New Zealand distributors.
Not too dissimilar to the 3-cylinder Charade engine that many know and love, the industrial engines were a compact, robust engine and were successful in competing with much larger competitor engines on the market.
I am a Daihatsu-trained engine technician, graduated with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, and was raised in a family where any car brand other than Daihatsu was not welcome in our driveway.
Our family has been involved with the Daihatsu brand for more than 40 years, with motorsport at the center in one form or another. From the G10, G11 Turbo and G100 GTti Charade through to Storia X4 and now K3 powered Mira L700 and Sirion M100, the Hart family has had a part in building them, racing them and supporting them. .
This passion and excitement for the Daihatsu brand in motorsport has flowed through to my brother and I, which we proudly promote and are seeking the best parts and advice available to ensure that the link between Daihatsu and motorsport lives on!
The first DNZ 993cc Daihatsu Charade G10 Rally Car
DNZ Charade GTti piloted by Dave Strong in Rally NZ & Rally Australia
During my time with Daihatsu Industrial Engines, I was lucky enough to be invited to Daihatsu Engine Company in Osaka, Japan, where I spent 3 months training in engine building, technical analysis of failure, parts manufacturing and quality assurance.
Sakura Piston Company - engine test bed
It was during this time that I was introduced to the DCCS rally team and was lucky enough to travel with them and witness the pinacle of Daihatsu motorsport in 2005 - a plethora of fire-breathing Storia and Mira, all fitted with heavily modified JC and K3 engines. This experience created a hunger in me to pursue the K3 engine platform and recreate back home at least part of the magic that I had been exposed to there.