Supporting our athletes
It is very important for us at Accurate Instruments to support our New Zealand Athletes. Giving something back to our stars and their endeavor to take on the world is a large part of what Accurate Instruments is all about.
We are very proud to support Emirates Team New Zealand and Shane Van Gisbergen at Red Bull Holden Racing.
Our customers and our country have passionately followed Emirates Team NZ over many years and a vast many of you tuned in during 2017 to see ETNZ re-capture the America's Cup in Bermuda.
Many of our customers, partners and associates also eagerly watch Shane Van Gisbergen in his many racing endeavors, none more so than in the Supercars Championship where Shane was crowned champion in 2016.
It has been an exciting 2017 year watching Shane and other NZ drivers such as Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and Richie Stanaway perform at the highest level in this competiton.
These two Icons give our customers, our staff and our country so much enjoyment and Accurate are proud to be supporting these personalities in their chosen endeavors.
Emirates Team New Zealand
With Sir Peter Blake's 1995 Team NZ securing the America's Cup for NZ for the first time, the arrival of the "Auld Mug" on New Zealand shores opened up a world of opportunities for NZ businesses that were actively involved with NZ's boat building and maintenance scene.
Accurate's association with Emirates Team NZ dates back to the successful defense of the 30th Americas Cup, held in Auckland in 2000.
Our early involvement started with the supply of measurement equipment for this campaign.
Accurate backed this up with more equipment for the 2003 Cup campaign in Auckland and key personnel were on hand to witness the racing during the 2007 campaign in Valencia, Spain.
For the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 and the significant changes in boat design to the AC45 and AC72 wing sail catamarans, Accurate Instruments was recognised as an Official Supplier, supporting Emirates Team NZ with a wider range of measurement testing equipment and in certain cases, assisting with the measurement process.
This continued on during 2015 and 2016 with the development of the new AC50 foiling catamarans for the 35th Cup campaign where Accurate continued to offer our precision equipment and knowledge, assisting in the design and measuring of the AC45 boat that was tested thoroughly for the new cup race boat.
In 2017, most of NZ tuned in to watch Emirates Team NZ in Bermuda, firstly during the Louis Vuitton round robin series and then onto the America's Cup finals against Oracle USA.
And we all saw Emirates Team NZ's unique cycling sailors providing pedal power to control the hydraulics AC50 foiling cat.
ETNZ had an ace up it's sleeve and the overall performance of the boat, it's crew and its team, on a showstring budget, was world class. This culminated in ETNZ convincingly securing the win in the 35th Americas Cup in dominant fashion.
The cup has come back home!
In November 2017, ETNZ released the first images and clips of the new class of boats for the 36th America's Cup. in Auckland, 2021.
The new AC75 high performance fully foiling monohull looks set to display a key combination of high-performance sailing and great match racing with the safety of a boat that can right itself in the event of a capsize.
As a company, we are proud to be associated with one of NZ’s most recognised sporting fraternities.
Shane van Gisbergen – Red Bull Holden Racing Team
An exciting racing driver to be associated with Shane seems to race anything that moves.
Basically born to drive anything that has either 2 or 4 wheels, his focus and commitment behind the wheel is 2nd to none.
Shane recently finished the 2017 Virgin Supercars Championship in 4th after defending the title that he won in 2016
for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
In one of the toughest racing categories in the world, with so many talented and fast drivers, Shane was thick in the battle for the overall lead all year, being one of the 3 kiwi drivers battling it out in the top 5 of the Championship, an enjoyment for many NZ motorsport fans.
Although not being able to backup his 2016 again in 17, Shane's Red Bull Holden Racing Team teammate - Jamie Whincup took out the overall championship in dramatic fashion, only securing it in the final 2 laps.
Shane has recently extended his contract with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team through to the end of 2019 and 2018 will see the introduction of the first Gen 2 Supercars with Shane driving the new ZB Commodore.
Shane also took part in several of the USA based GT WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races during 2017 including the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and the Six Hours of The Glen in New York.
This year saw Shane behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG.
In the GT class of motorsport, on SVG's wishlist is to hopefully one day compete at the famous Le Mans 24hour race as well as the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
Definitely bucket list ticks.
But SVG also doesn't forget his NZ roots, racing in Tony Quinn's Highlands 501 GT endurance motor race near Cromwell in November.
Now a key motorsport event on the NZ calendar, Shane was paired with drifting legend ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett in a McLaren. Their race unfortunately was ended on behalf of Matt Haliiday who sent Whiddett into the gravel after Shane had previously taken the McLaren to 1st in his stint.
2016 was a highlight year for Shane where, in Supercars alone he took out the Pirtek Enduro Cup, the Jason Richards Memorial, The Armor All Pole award and the overall championship.
Other 2016 successes saw Shane part of a successful GT racing team overseas, including multiple entries in the 24 Hours of Daytona competing for McLaren. He also won the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour in a McLaren while qualifying on Saturday he set the fastest ever officially recorded lap of the Mount Panorama Circuit to achieve pole position and then followed it up with the fastest race lap ever.
He doesn’t stop there as he has also won the NZRCA IC Off-Road North Island Champs with remote control cars in 2016!
Apart from general support we also provide technology that helps Shane to make sure he gets every little bit out of his car.
We are proud to continue to support Shane in 2018 as he continues in his motorsport endeavours.
To learn more about Shane, view the following links;