Sliding through turns at high speed is a sport in its own right: for the so-called "drifting", the driver uses a technique where he intentionally over-steers so that the back wheels or even all four wheels lose grip. This makes the car’s back end swing round, and the car drifts through the turns at high speed. Militzer & Münch was granted a close look at these special racing cars – when the team transported the cars from Poland to the USA.
The unusual order came from a customer who is active in a totally different sector. For the manufacturer of innovative products for roofs and facades, Militzer & Münch Poland had already transported roof tiles to the US earlier this year. Highly satisfied with the service performed, the customer again contacted the Polish M&M team – this time, though, with the transport of racing cars to Chicago.
Three racing cars – one destination
“At a business meal, the owner of the company talked about his passion for drift racing”, reports Paweł Twardokęs, Deputy C.O.O. at Militzer & Münch Poland. “A race was scheduled in the United States. The customer had to get his three race cars from Poland to the US – fast and safe.”
The cargo: a complete semitrailer that is at the same time garage on wheels and living area for the race participants.
Militzer & Münch transported this special trailer including the race cars to the United States.
The untypical freight with three race cars posed a welcome challenge for the Polish team.
Originally, drift racing was popular in Japan in the 1970s.
The driver who takes the turns with the highest speed and the most beautiful drift angle wins.
The untypical cargo was a welcome challenge for the Polish team: a complete semitrailer that was at the same time a garage on wheels for the race cars and the spare parts, as well as living area for the race participants. Militzer & Münch transported this special trailer including the race cars to the United States. For everything to arrive at the destination on time, Militzer & Münch Poland had to act fast. Via RoRo service, the team sent the cargo from Lublin in Poland to the port of New York and from there to Chicago by truck.
Preparing the documentation for the spare parts that included nitrous oxide was a big challenge. Nitrous oxide is classified as hazardous material (IMO 21 22 UN 1950). So, for transport, special safety measures had to be in place.
“We are very proud that everything worked out perfectly with this extraordinary transport”, says Paweł Szelest, Manager Business Development at Militzer & Münch Poland. “It was an exciting project. And of course, it also allowed us an insight into the thrilling world of drift racing.”
Originally, drift racing was popular in Japan in the 1970s. Meanwhile, races are being held almost everywhere, among others in Germany, Australia, and the United States. In the competition, the driver is judged in terms of the speed through the turns, the drift angle, the driving line and the performance.