Who, what & where
Racetech Steel is a small family owned & run business. We specialise in stocking and importing a range of Materials Specific to the Motorsport industry. However we also service a wide range of other industries within Australia and we are marketed under Racetech Steel Hi Tech Components PTY LTD. Thank you for your interest and we trust that you can find here the materials for your specific application requirements
Racetech Steel origins
It all began back in 1981 when British International Trading P/L commenced importing and stocking materials for automotive and more specifically motorsport application.
This saw the successful developments of two brands of materials in the R531(Reynolds 531) tube and also our own BiTube products for roll cage material in both CAMS and ANDRA categories of race cars as well as a significant market in the Go Kart chassis manufacturing industry in Australia at that time
In the early 1990's a significant restructuring of the European Steel industry saw the demise of both these materials. The European steel industry saw minimum mill requirement for raw material hollows go to unsustainable levels. Subsequently, British International directors sought to replace these materials in their growing stock and service business with the very best of on going available product.
Through extensive supply side and customer side research, they settled on the 4130N grade of alloy steel primarily available ex USA at that time, as the best choice for replacing the earlier stocked products. Specified as Mil T 6736B Cond N was increasingly in demand and widely applicable to the automotive, motor sports, aviation and aerospace markets, and with careful sourcing, saw British International grow the stocked size range to over 200 different items. In 1996 they launched Racetech Steel branding. RT650 covered the Mil T 6736B 4130N materials, and RT350 covered the high tensile mild steel in ASTM A-513 CDW and ASTM A-519 CDS DOM products.
In 2004 Brit Int, purchased the Hawker Pacific metals business, as they moved more toward aircraft components.
The Racetech Steel division of British International Trading P/L has become one of the main stock and service activities of the company until 2004 when internal sabotage set in motion the decline of the materials stronghold. In 2008 Hi Tech components Pty. Ltd. made an offer on the steel side of B.I.T. and subsequently purchased the stock and goodwill.
Today Racetech Steel has increased the stock levels to become one of, if not the largest stockists of 4130 Chro-Moly in Australia.
What is our business?
Racetech Steel has grown to include a wide range of specialist metal products suitable for use in many critical applications as well as offering to engineers in many industries the opportunity to develop products requiring locally available high strength raw materials. Please see our product pages on this site for the current range and should you be looking for other high performance metals for either critical applications, or other engineering demands, please email or phone us with your enquiry and we will do our best to respond promptly and positively to your supply needs.
What materials do we supply?
Rops (Roll over protection system), Roll cage tubing
RT650 Racetech 650 refers to the 4130 Chromolly product previously mentioned
RT350 Racetech 350 refers to the High Tensile Mild Steel tubing products, predominantly used in the manufacture of roll cages etc.
RTA6061T6 Racetech Aluminium range is more specific to the aircraft and engineering materials 6061 T6 Aluminium is a very versatile and commonly used for machining and sheeting. It is sold in sheet and plate.
RTA2024T3 2024 T3 is commonly used as sheeting on aircraft and aerospace manufacturing.
Others. With Racetech Steels' network capabilities we are able to source a wide range of special alloys from local sources and around the globe in either bulk or small quantities.
Where do our materials come from?
When Hi-Tech Components purchased Racetech Steel from British International we made a defining decision to purchase our materials from only the most reputable suppliers. As a result we have continued our supply from many of the companies B.I.T used.
Out of the USA is where the majority of our sizes come from, but certainly not the bulk of our product range. We also purchase several tube sizes direct from the mill in many countries around the globe. Most notably UK, Germany, Finland, USA, Japan, Russia, Australia, India and China. We are confident at Racetech Steel that the materials we supply are from the most reputable and sought after manufacturers and stockists in their respective field, with un-matched quality, finish, repeatability and pricing. That said we can source materials to meet the customers demands in cost, quality and timeframe.
Racetech ships Steel across Australia Daily, in packages from 1” to around 8m, we also import in bulk via sea and small urgent orders via Air express.
To see a list of all our services, be sure to visit the services page in this website.
Why purchase from Racetech Steel?
The team at Racetech Steel will strive to achieve a seamless process from enquiry to delivery and hopefully enquiry again. (Unfortunately things don't always go to plan, due to events that are beyond our control. eg; Freight, un-expected sell out, and difficult to obtain materials etc). However we promise to do our best to make your purchase as easy as possible.