F1 V10 FOR CMR
Last year saw the Cook Motor Racing (CMR) team complete a successful Bonneville campaign, taking home records in both the Nissan NX coupe — which became the first saloon car ever to achieve 200mph (322kph) and also set the G/GCC (194mph [312kph]) and G/GALT (191mph [307kph]) records — and the 2.0-litre Synergy Power V8powered ‘Wairua’ Streamliner, which ran into the 200mph range with Reg behind the wheel, resetting the G/GS record at 261mph (420kph).
For 2018, the team is excited to announce that Wairua will have one screaming 14,500rpm heart switched for another, as the 2000cc Synergy Power V8 will be pulled out and replaced with a V10 Judd 3.0-litre updated 1998 Formula 1 (F1) engine. Yep, it’s based on a legit F1 engine, and has been updated with a number of modern tricks to boost power and speed capabilities.
The goal with the new heart is to get close to the 500kph mark, which is 100kph up on the fastest-ever F1 car — a record set by the V10powered Honda 007 at Bonneville. The CMR team will return to the salt with Wairua and its new power plant for Bonneville Speed Week, August 11–17.