Steve Ellery has nicknamed his new Super Cheap Auto Ford "the stealth machine" because, he says, it looks the same but will pack a greater punch against his rivals. The Super Cheap Auto driver will debut his new Falcon AU at Winton on September...
Steve Ellery has nicknamed his new Super Cheap Auto Ford "the stealth machine" because, he says, it looks the same but will pack a greater punch against his rivals.
The Super Cheap Auto driver will debut his new Falcon AU at Winton on September 8-9 and says it's a lighter, stronger package than his current car.
"We had the debut of this car on the books for a while. The body shell has been in the workshop since January, but being a smaller team, we've had to build it up when we've had spare time," Ellery explained.
"We haven't tried it yet but I'm sure the car will be stronger and faster than our current AU. For starters the new car is lighter, which will put us pretty close to the weight limit and throwing out the equivalent of an extra person will hopefully also make us quicker."
Differences with the new car include its weight (up to 60kg lighter) and the extra "larry-bar" which will give greater stability, through the roll cage, to the Falcon AU.
The debut of the new car couldn't have come at a better time for the team, who will give the car its final competitive shakedown at Winton before the big race at Bathurst on October 6-7.
"I'm excited about getting into this car. At Queensland, the lap times and performance of our current AU were spot on and if this new car delivers what we think it will, then we'll have a pretty unbeatable combination at Bathurst.
"There's no doubt I still have a bit of work to do to perfect qualifying, but at this stage everything else is spot on and we only have to fix that one thing to start and stay up the pointy end," Ellery said.
The number #31 Ford will retain the current Super Cheap Auto signage because as Ellery says, "it works."
"Our paint scheme is one of the most striking in the championship, it looks good on track and gets a lot of comments from our fans. It's the stuff under the paintwork that counts and that's where we're hoping the difference will be found," Ellery said.
Ellery and team will join the other Ford stars at the Motorsport Expo in Wodonga on Friday 7 September before heading the to track for qualifying on Saturday.