UTE: 2004 changes announced

Faster, lighter, cheaper V8 BRutes in 2004 Australia's most entertaining motor racing series, the V8 BRutes, will return to the track for its fourth season next year with faster, lighter and cheaper versions of the latest Holden and Ford...

Faster, lighter, cheaper V8 BRutes in 2004

Australia's most entertaining motor racing series, the V8 BRutes, will return to the track for its fourth season next year with faster, lighter and cheaper versions of the latest Holden and Ford utes.

The biggest change will be the introduction of the 5.4 litre BA Ford Falcon XR8 to tackle the 5.7 litre Holden VY SS.

Series organiser PROCAR Australia has almost completed building a prototype BA Falcon, which it hopes to test at Queensland Raceway before the end of the year.

The VY Holden is eligible already and several were raced by teams in the season that ended three weeks ago at Bathurst.

However, the model will gain more horsepower through an engine management system software change and upgraded exhaust system. The SS also will corner a little better with new suspension components and a weight reduction.

The power target for the 16 Holdens and 16 Fords is around 260 kiloWatts, slightly up on the current engines' outputs, but the use of lighter wheels and body components is expected to lift performance even further.

The current theoretical top speed of the V8 BRutes is up to 245 kmh.

As a safety measure, all V8 BRutes will change to a puncture-resistant racing fuel cell next year. New steel roll-cages will be fitted to the BA Falcon and, although heavier, are a much stiffer, improved design.

The BA Falcon is heavier than its AU II predecessor and one of the challenges facing the PROCAR Technical team is to remove around 140 kg.

The BRutes will continue to use a control Dunlop 17 in. x 8 in. tyre and will again will stop with control Ferodo brake pads. Other control components are currently under negotiation.

A new V8 BRute for 2004 is expected to cost around $60,000 ready to race, up to cheaper $10,000 than the current utes.

The eight-round 2004 V8 BRutes Series, part of the PROCAR Champ Series, will start at the Clipsal 500 event in Adelaide on 18-21 March.

-www.v8brutes.com.au

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