Owner Iain Clegg brought in Stewart Mearns as General Manager, Stewart takes care of the day to day running of the workshop. Stewart was the perfect choice to take ST Hitec forward, a qualified automotive engineer with over 30 years experience in the automotive industry in New Zealand, he brings a wealth of mechanical knowledge and experience with ECU's and electronic vehicle management to the team. Stu's background includes;
- 4 yrs at GM Holden
- 3 yrs spent in a performance shop building/ modifying V8's & 6 cylinder engines into all manner of vehicles.
- 3 yrs at Nissan New Zealand, competing in 93 Nistec competitions throughout Australasia gaining 3rd place in World finals in Yokohama for engine system diagnosis.
- 3 yrs at Honda New Zealand as Workshop Manager again competing in Honda International Technical Competition in Thailand & Japan.
- 14 yrs back at Nissan New Zealand as a Technical Service Representative then moving to Aftersales Operations Manager - responsible for Nissan Dealer Network Service & Parts Operations. Stewart has also been involved with racing for many years - 2.0L touring cars, NZV8 & GT3 Porsche series cars, as well as a few GT-R's – Stu has built own engines, drivelines, and has fabricated many bespoke components to aid the reliability of the RB26.
Our in-house tuner, Antony "Boomer" Hart began his love affair with the Automotive Industry 20 yrs ago and he brings a wealth of experience to ST Hitec. His first job in 1991 was with Ace Auto Electrical - after qualifying as an Auto Electrician he operated his own business for 11 yrs utilising his skills as a Car Stereo and Alarm Systems installer which is also where he got the nickname Boomer. During this time he gained a comprehensive working knowledge of a cars electrical system, notably ECU's and power management systems.
Having touched on vehicle tuning during his time qualifying as an Auto Electrician, his interest in this aspect of vehicle performance grew and he was able to utilise this knowledge later on when he signed on with Possum Bourne Motorsport. During his time with PBM he sharpened his skills in the tuning department - having friends calling on him all the time to tune their cars for the track was a bonus. Antony is a self proclaimed Mazda and Rotary fan - building and continuing to develop an RX2 tube framed drag car which runs an 8 sec quarter mile. You will see Antony at the track, laptop in hand, providing trackside assistance, something we offer to all our customers, at Meremere drag strip and Hampton Downs racetrack.
Averaging over 150 vehicle tunes per year his track record speaks for itself. For a snapshot of his tuning prowess, take Issue #265 of the NZ Performance Car Magazine which features four vehicles all tuned by ST Hitec #Antonyhart. Antony's practical, hands on experience tuning many different types of vehicles makes the knowledge he brings to ST Hitec invaluable.
ST Hitec's R35 GTR has set Timeattack NZ Superlap Pro Street track records at Manfeild racetrack, Bruce McLaren Motorsport track, Hampton Downs International Circuit and Hampton Downs National Circuit - the results after 6 rounds say it all - Iain annihilated the competition with a sensational 1:07.067 at the final round at Hampton Downs and took out the series win in the Pro Street Class for 2017.
We entered our R35 in the Thames Valley Car Club half mile challenge on Hamilton Rd, Ngatea, first run was 315km, smashing the old record of 285km. Remember this is a full street trim car, Registered and Warranted, weighing 1845kg's without driver.
The workshop in Mt Wellington has undergone many changes too - the dyno room has been extended and the air extraction system upgraded to remove the harmful exhaust output safely out of the building - the addition of an insulated internal wall and an insulated door means a huge reduction in noise when a car is on the Dyno. To cater to the growing demand for modified engines, a dedicated engine build room has been installed within the workshop, providing a dust free, air conditioned environment for all engine work to take place. And for our customers they can now relax in our comfortable waiting area, enjoy a good cup of coffee and read a magazine.
Racing cars aside, the team at ST Hitec are committed to providing our customers with excellent service and workmanship of the highest standard. We are the number one tuning and performance workshop in New Zealand and are determined to stamp our mark on the global industry.