First public run for FT5000
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.