Supercars even more spectacular
THE cars will look the same, but the racing could be very different when the V8 Supercar Car of the Future vehicles hit the track in 2012.
V8 Supercars Australia last week lifted the veil off a prototype chassis being built in Queensland under the supervision of PACE Innovations’ Paul Ceprnich.
Various race teams have been invited to tender design aspects of the new cars and the designer of the new independent rear suspension believes it could lead to more spectacular racing and more passing.
Race engineer for Craig Lowndes at Triple Eight Racing Jeromy Moore said the independent suspension should work better on bumpy tracks and allow more than one racing line through a corner.
‘‘It will be cheaper than a live rear axle because currently teams are spending big dollars trying to make gold out of lead,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not uncommon to spend $150,000 on designing a half-decent live axle.
‘‘Almost all racing these days uses independent rear suspension, except for NASCAR.’’
He said the independent rear suspension would allow for more variation in set-up, creating performance differences among the teams.
‘‘There will be more adjustment in the rear,’’ Moore said.
‘‘Instead of just changing the roll centre you can change the camber gain, roll centre migration and bump steer.
‘‘Independent suspension will also put the power to the ground easier on bumpy tracks and allow more corner speed and more racing lines through a corner so you can pass around the outside, clip the kerb or go off the racing line.’’
Ceprnich said they had completed the control floor and roll cage for the first car, the area which would be the same regardless of the manufacturer.
‘‘This includes the roll cage, chassis and nonOE (original equipment) elements of the car,’’ he said.
V8 Supercars Australia last week lifted the veil off a prototype Supercar chassis