FEATURE CAR: V8 SUPER CARS

V8 SUPERCARS IS A TOURING CAR RACING CATEGORY BASED IN AUSTRALIA. WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE HISTORY AND SPECIFICATIONS TO THIS MUCH-LOVED SPORT.

V8 Supercars is an Australian racing category run under the Federation Internationale de l’Automibile (FIA) regulations. The events take place in all Australian states, however in the past, the series has ventured overseas to China, Bahrain, United Emirates, and the United States. V8 Supercar races began in 1991 with the entry of V8 Holden and Ford vehicles. More recently, as a result to the new generation supercar, the V8 Supercars has seen the entry of other manufacturers including Nissan, Mercedes and Volvo.

V8 SPECIFICATIONS

The current new generation V8 Supercar regulations are an evolution of the previous regulations which has allowed the advancement in engines and car body shapes. The regulations are also designed to lower the cost of building and repairs of the vehicle – check out the below specifications:

BODYSHELL

The body of each car is based on its corresponding production car. But, due to the regulations governing the dimensions of the cars, the race cars are either shortened or lengthened to meet the regulations. To save costs and comply with regulations, the front guards, passenger-side front door, rear doors and rear quarter panels are made from composite materials. All cars have front spoilers, splitters, side skirts and a rear wing to contribute to aerodynamics.

WEIGHT

The minimum weight of each car is 1410 kg which includes the weight of the driver – the regulation requires a minimum loss of 750 kg over the front axle and minimum weight for the driver to be 100 kg which involves the driver to be dressed. The engine also has a minimum weight of 200 kg.

ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN

All cars must have front engines and be rear wheel drive. In conjunction with the latest regulations, cars must use an electronically fuel injected 5.0L V8 engine capable of producing between 460 and 485 kW. All engines are also electronically limited to 7,500 rpm. Cars are also required to run E85 fuel with a fuel tank capacity limited at 112 litres.

BRAKES AND SUSPENSION

All cars are required to use disc brakes supplied by AP Racing on both the front and rear, with master cylinders provided by former control brake supplier Alcon. All cars are required to use a double wishbone setup for the front suspension and independent rear suspension.

WHEELS AND TYRES

The cars use controlled 18-inch  Rimstock wheels, supplied by Racer Industries, and control tyres from Dunlop. In damp and wet conditions, a grooved wet tyre is used.

COST

The New Generation V8 Supercar regulations are intended to reduce the cost of building a car, shifting the price from $570,000 to $300,000.

Despite the introduction of the new generation regulations and V8 vehicles, Ford and Holden continue to dominate the leaderboard. This year proved to be an awesome year in V8 Supercar racing with a total of 16 events nationally, with the last event finishing up in Sydney’s Olympic Park.

The overall 2015 leaderboard was very close, with Craig Lowndes (Holden), David Reynolds (Ford), and Mark Winterbottom (Ford) battling it out for first place. With a stronger overall point advantage at the end of the Coates Hire Sydney 500, Mark Winterbottom took out first place with his Ford FG X Falcon.

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