Murphy & Richards Get New Engines For Pukekohe Kiwi V8 Supercar heroes Greg Murphy and Jason Richards will have new generation engines in place when the 2007 V8 Supercar Series heads to the high speed Pukekohe circuit in New Zealand later this...
Murphy & Richards Get New Engines For Pukekohe
Kiwi V8 Supercar heroes Greg Murphy and Jason Richards will have new generation engines in place when the 2007 V8 Supercar Series heads to the high speed Pukekohe circuit in New Zealand later this month.
Both Murphy and Richards will have the Holden Motorsport engines installed in their MTA Tasman Motorsport VE Commodores in time for their all-important hometown round.
The new engines have been designed in-house by Tasman Motorsport's Engine Development Manager, fellow Kiwi Royce McCort.
McCort joined the growing team from the factory Holden Racing Team at the beginning of the season.
Team manager Graham Jenkins said the new powerplants were a development on the two year old units the team had been running and would hopefully allow Tasman Motorsport to close the gap to the leading HRT and HSV Holden factory teams.
"It's always nice to have new equipment and the new engines will be ready just in time for Pukekohe, which is an important race for our team," Jenkins said.
"While you can never expect huge power gains anymore, the new units should be better. They will be more user friendly in the way in which they deliver torque - that's vital in getting the cars up to speed quickly and it's what counts at Pukekohe."
Jenkins said the first engine would be installed ready for Tasman Motorsport's planned test at Winton on 10 April, with the second completed before the cars are flown across the Tasman.
"Our engineers have a full day planned for Winton, not only to test the new engine but also to develop our braking and cooling packages amongst other things," Jenkins said.
This will be the last visit by the V8 Supercar Series to the Pukekohe circuit, with the event moving to a new street circuit in Hamilton next year.
Murphy has dominated the race, winning the first three in a row from 2001-03, and claiming a fourth victory in 2005. He also finished third in '04.
The 2.8km circuit is one of the fastest on the V8 Supercar tour with an average lap speed i n excess of 182km/h. Murphy holds the outright lap record at 56.0781 seconds, set in 2005.
The Placemakers V8 Supercar event takes place at Pukekohe Park Raceway on 20-22 April.