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Troyer Race Cars is set to release their newest generation of Asphalt Modifieds, the TA series. The Troyer TA1 and TA2 are the evolution of over 30 years of asphalt modified chassis development.

Some of the major improvements with the TA Series cars include drastic weight reduction, improved adjustability, and optimized location of the Center of Gravity (CG). Through the use of center-less ground tubing, redesigned bracketry, and changes in manufacturing, 27 lbs were shaved from the car without any compromise on stiffness or durability.

Both the TA1 and TA2 have increased adjustability over their predecessors. Both cars feature an improved front clip that allows a team to adjust every aspect of the front-end geometry. All adjustments are done though the use of precision machined pills to allow for precise and repeatable adjustments.

Centerless ground tubing is used in the Pro models of TA Series cars. This process saves weight and provides a more constant chassis with the elimination of tube wall thickness variations.

With input from multiple top tour teams, the decision was made to move the CG of the cars. The location of the CG is a critical factor on how the car reacts to driver inputs and set up changes. This change has had the biggest impact on increasing cornering speeds of the cars. Drivers have commented they can brake later and get back on throttle earlier compared to their competition!

The TA1 is a torque arm rear suspension chassis that was developed during the winter of 2014. This car is an evolution of the proven 2008 and 2013 style chassis. Combined, the ‘08 and ‘13 style chassis have won the last 10 Whelen Modified Tour Championships. Leaty Racing was the first to unveil the TA1, and have done so in spectacular fashion, winning back-to-back ROC Tour races! Mike Leaty led teammate Patrick Emerling for a 1-2 finish at the second round of the ROC tour and Patrick took the win at the third stop for his first carrier win on the ROC!

Development of the TA2 started in the spring of 2014 with an idea to put a new “Bud Link” rear Suspension in an Asphalt Modified. Friend of Bill Colton, Bud Dreher, designed and patented the concept of the Bud Link rear suspension. The Bud Link suspension first saw great success in the Troyer Dirt Asphalt cars. The staff at Troyer took Bud’s concept and turned it into a prototype car for Crew Chief Ron Ste-Marie and the Buzz Chew Racing Team. The car was finished during the summer and went to numerous test sessions throughout the summer and fall. This prototype showed great promise, and going into the winter of 2014, the plan was to produce a small number of development chassis for testing at New SymrnaSpeedweeks. Two development cars went south. The TS Hauler #6 of Ryan Preece, and the Goodie Motorsports #58 of Eric Goodale. Staff from Troyer and Ron Ste-Marie made the trip to assist both teams in testing these new cars. The two cars dominated Speedweeks, sitting in victory lane for all six nights of racing.

With the success at New Symrna, focus shifted to the NWMT and NSWMT. After an early season win on the NSWMT, Eric Goodale was leading the southern series points headed into the NWMT Season.

To date the NWMT season has been very successful with two TA2 Wins, two Poles, and ten top five finishes in just five races! The TA2’s first NWMT win came at the hands of Woody Pitkat in the Buzz Chew Racing #88 during Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Troyer has to thank the owners, drivers, and crews from the development teams for their feedback and assistance in developing the TA2. The Buzz Chew Racing team of Buzz Chew, Ron Ste-Marie, and Woody Pitkat were instrumental in getting the TA2 program started and have provided valuable feedback on the chassis. Troyer would also like to thank The TS Hauler team of Ed Partridge, Tom Grasso, and Ryan Preece; the Riverhead Building Supplies Team of Edgar Goodale, Jason Shephard, and Eric Goodale; the Our Motorsports team of Chris Our, Brad Lafontaine, and Keith Rocco; the Brunnhoelzl Racing Team of George Brunnhoelzl Jr. and George Brunnhoelzl III; and the McGuire Motorsports Team of Ed McGuire and TJ Potrzebowski.

With notes built from the valuable feedback of these teams and five months of racing Troyer is excited to release the TA Series to the entire racing community.

For more details on getting one of these new cars call Troyer at 585-352-5590 or go to http://troyerracecars.com/quote to start your TA series build.
Source: Max Hautaniemi / Troyer Race Cars
: June 19, 2015

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