First pub­lic run for FT5000

Motor Equipment News - - MOTORSPORT -

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful pri­vate shake­down at Win­ton Race­way in north­ern Vic­to­ria ear­lier in the month, the pro­to­type FT5000 car made its pub­lic de­but with demon­stra­tion runs at Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park’s Mus­cle Car Masters meet­ing over the Oc­to­ber 29-30 weekend.

Aus­tralian For­mula 3 cham­pion Tim Macrow was at the wheel of the five-litre V8-pow­ered car both days (and at a sub­se­quent test at Phillip Is­land).

At Win­ton the fo­cus was on work­ing through a pro­gram of tech­ni­cal sys­tems checks, be­fore wind­ing up the pace through the af­ter­noon.

“It couldn’t have been a more pro­duc­tive day for day one with a brand new race car,” said Chris Lamb­den, who has over­seen the development of the FT5000 con­cept to date.

The FT5000 pro­to­type is the re­sult of a de­sire to cre­ate a cost-con­trolled ‘Big Banger’ crowd-pleas­ing, modern open wheeler race car, at the same time pro­vid­ing an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge for top rac­ing driv­ers, from For­mula Ford/Four grad­u­ates to more ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ers.

Based on a chas­sis de­sign by Amer­i­can com­pany Swift En­gi­neer­ing mod­i­fied to suit, it utilises a (five-litre) V8-en­gined, big tyre, mod­est down­force phi­los­o­phy which, even prior to the car’s com­ple­tion, cre­ated a lot of in­ter­est.

The pro­to­type FT5000 car dur­ing its first pub­lic run at the an­nual Mus­cle Car Mas­ters meet­ing Syd­ney in Oc­to­ber. Photo credit: Race Torque Me­dia.

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