About Our Sport
Thundercat Racing is a high adrenaline motorsport with explosive wave jumping and tight competitive racing in a tunnel hulled inflatable boat. These inflatable catamarans come in all shapes and sizes from manufacturers such as Aquarius, Gemini, Infanta, and Ceasar.
The boats are powered by a two-stroke Yamaha or 50hp Tohatsu outboard motor with a crew of only two people. The driver steers the boat and the co-driver uses his or her body weight to stabalise the craft and obtain optimum speed. This crew of two must work together seamlessly to attack waves and navigate turns sharply.
Thundercats are raced in 18 countries around the world and enjoyed by spectators from all walks of life.
About Our Races
There are three internationally recognised courses in Thundercat Racing and one type of course that is uniquely Kiwi. They were created to push newcomers to their limits and test veterans alike. Whether by sea, by river, or by lake, if there’s water, Thundercat Racers will want to conquer it!
Surf-Cross: This short course tends to be 200m x 300m with boats jumping over waves to heights of up to 6m! Surf-Cross is exciting for spectators and racers because every point counts!
Circuit: All about the speed! This is a larger course where the driver can really let their engine go. Speeds over 100km per hour are commonplace on this course!
Enduro: These long-haul races tend to be over 100km. Teams race down rivers and coasts, beach the boats, and then run around checkpoints. They are out in almost all weather conditions and are a true indicator of the physical fitness and endurance of the crew and seaworthiness of their craft.
Kiwi Enduro/Surf-Cross: This race is a combination of its’ two namesakes. It is a long-haul event that tests the endurance and fitness of the crew as well as their ability to navigate long distances through the surf. This Kiwi classic course is race at 90 Mile Beach and is a racer favourite!
About Our Club
Thundercat Racing Association of New Zealand (TRANZ) isn’t just a club; we’re a family. Everyone pitches in on race days to make sure our events are a success and our volunteers are the best around! Our experienced racing teams welcome newcomers, and give them advice and support. Just remember on race day that anything could happen!