Ford drivers in PROCAR Australia's V8 BRutes Series will continue to race the AU II model Falcon ute this season, reversing a decision to adopt all-new BA versions. The change followed a meeting at which Ford teams ...
Ford drivers in PROCAR Australia's V8 BRutes Series will continue to race the AU II model Falcon ute this season, reversing a decision to adopt all-new BA versions.
The change followed a meeting at which Ford teams advised PROCAR officials there was too little time to construct 16 new cars for the series' opening round in Adelaide on 18-21 March.
The meeting also settled on performance upgrades to the AU II Falcon and VY Holden SS, with drivers representing both brands saying the moves would enhance the spectacle of one of Australia's most popular motor racing competitions.
The BA with its 5.4 litre V8 engine will join the series in 2005 and meanwhile PROCAR will continue development of a prototype incorporating numerous "control" components.
The 5.0 litre AU II Falcons -- many of which already sport the BA's bodywork, although not its mechanical features - and the rival 5.7 litre VY SS Holdens will be upgraded for this season, the fourth for the V8 BRutes category.
Front brakes will be changed to competition-type disc rotors supplied by Disc Brakes Australia and rear brakes will have more stopping power with improved callipers.
The changes promise greater stopping power and more reliable race-long performance.
New side-exit exhaust pipes are expected to deliver more horsepower as well as a more exciting sound for fans.
The changes were welcomed by drivers in both Ford and Holden teams.
Ford veteran Allan Grice said the decision to delay the BA Falcon was the most sensible course of action.
"It's a very positive and constructive move by PROCAR. Everyone came away from the meeting looking forward to the new season," Grice said.
James Brock said the braking upgrades would make V8 BRutes racing even more exciting to watch in 2004.
"The biggest problem to date has been the brakes, so increased reliability will probably result in cleaner racing," he said.
"You'll be able to rely on the brakes stopping properly in the later stages of the races, which will give you more confidence to try passing manoeuvres."
The V8 BRutes will continue to race on road-legal Dunlop control tyres, but they will be fitted with new 17 in. x 8 in. alloy wheels.
PROCAR is negotiating a number of agreements for the supply of control components, including the wheels, brake pads and suspension items.
To help the affordability of V8 BRutes racing, the new parts specified for this season will be able to be transferred to the 2005 cars.
The eight-round V8 BRutes Series will be part of the 2004 PROCAR Champ Series, also featuring the Australian Nations Cup Championship, Australian GT Performance Championship, Australian Production Car Championship, Australian Formula 3 Championship and the Formula Green Futureracers Series.