Open­wheeler mus­cle

Australian Muscle Car - - Maniac -

It has been a lengthy and at times fraught ges­ta­tion process, but nally the new S5000 is set to go. What be­gan as an idea for a kind of neo-For­mula 5000 has evolved into what will likely be­come Aus­tralia’s pre­mier open­wheeler for­mula – and one which should prompt CAMS to rein­tro­duce the Gold Star Aus­tralian Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship award.

While a brand new con­trol On­roak-Ligier chas­sis gives the class a con­tem­po­rary look and feel (it is also the first rac­ing car in Aus­tralia to feature the con­tro­ver­sial ‘Halo’ pro­tec­tion driver de­vice), the ‘old school’ as­pects of the orig­i­nal con­cept re­main: Ford’s 5.0-litre Coy­ote V8 tuned to 560 horse­power, a mod­est down­force pack­age and huge 17-inch rear tyres.

S5000 will run at se­lected Su­per­cars and Shan­nons Na­tion­als race meet­ings next year – but where ever they race, ex­pect the outright lap record to fall.

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