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Saturday Sleuthing: The Briggs Supercheap Auto Falcon - Supercars.com

This year marks a special milestone for Supercheap Auto in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship as it celebrates its 20th year as a car sponsor in the category since first appearing on the flanks of a Supercar race car back at the start of the 1998 season.

Supercars.com reader Milton Strong recently attended the Perth SuperSprint at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia and came across an old Supercheap Auto Falcon AU on display in the paddock - and it prompted him to get in touch with us.

“It sure looked familiar and the colours reminded me of those cars from the late 1990s but I was really interested to see if you could dig up some more on the history of that particular car,” Milton wrote to us.

“I’d be intrigued to know if it had been a car sold to the John Briggs team by a bigger team that already had some race history or if it was one they built themselves.”

The answer...


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Supercars launches Super5000 series - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Supercars has confirmed controversial plans to launch a retro-themed open-wheeler category.

The Australian Touring Car championship has been rumoured to be working on a series based on the 1970s-inspired Formula 5000 category, using the V8 engines currently forming the backbone of Supercars.

New images of a prototype car built by Oscar Fiorinotto emerged on Friday, along with confirmation that Garth Tander, Lee Holdsworth, and Alex Davison have already tested it.

It's a controversial move, given that an independent project known as 'Formula Thunder 5000' has already hit the market.

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According to Supercars CEO James Warburton, the Super5000 plan goes back to 2015.

He warned, however, that interest will decide whether or not it becomes a reality.

"Supercars retained the IP rights to a 5000 Series in March 2015 as part of the 2025 vision for sustained growth of the sport...


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Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 11:18 am
Press Release: Porter Group

PORTERGROUP V8 UTE SERIES RESTRUCTURES CHAMPIONSHIP

Reduced costs and closer fields

The PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series has confirmed its calendar for the 2017-2018 season, with the series introducing some major cost cutting initiatives for competitors that will see more than $20,000 slashed from team's seasonal operating budgets.

Two less events with lower round fees, reduced entry fees, reduced tyre and brake costs and a lower TV levy will all contribute to the huge seasonal saving.

The 2017-2018 series, which remains a New Zealand motorsport championship, will reduce from six to four rounds - with two before Christmas and two after. All are 'big ticket' rounds with the championship opening at the ITM Supercar event at Pukekohe in November, before moving to the first round of the Speed Works Events promoted Premier Championship...


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Read more: Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Australia's newest V8 Supercar is one beefy Buick - CNET

The next-generation Buick Regal in the US carries an Opel badge in Europe, and in Australia, it's known as the new Holden Commodore. With that name, though, comes some gnarly responsibility.

Holden is a longtime participant in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, formerly known as V8 Supercars. Even though it's no longer manufactured in Australia, the automaker unveiled a race-prepped Commodore for the 2018 Supercars series, and it looks awesome. It's low, it's mean, and it's got a massive wing out back -- proper Supercars style, and a look that you won't find on any Buick Regal here in the US.

"That's a Buick?"

Holden

For the 2018 season, the Commodore will run with GM's current V8 engine, which has already proven its mettle in the Supercars series. A turbocharged V6 is...


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Champ trades in quadbike for Ford Ranger - Bosveld Review

POLOKWANE – In the last event of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) in May, the Battlefields 400 Race in the area of Dundee in KwaZulu Natal, Baragwanath and his navigator, Leonard Cremer, was running seventh overall and third in Class T with second place in sight after the 280 km mark.

Disappointingly for Baragwanath and Cremer, the left cv-boot was torn off and due to the muddy conditions the excess mud caused the cv to break. If that was not enough, the differential crown wheel and pinion broke as well.

It was a frustrating end to the day, but Baragwanath can still run for a possible podium place.

Baragwanath races in an older generation Ford Ranger which says a lot about his pace and what he is capable of.

“A big thanks to all my sponsors and my friends and family for their support and the opportunity to race in this year’s SACCS championship, it is an awesome...


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Read more: Champ trades in quadbike for Ford Ranger - Bosveld Review

The 6.2L V8 That Powers Cadillac's DPi-VR IMSA Race Car Is A Beast - GM Authority (blog)

Cadillac’s three DPi-V.R. prototype race cars that have been fighting through the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series have only been able to do what they do thanks to a robust, powerful 6.2-liter V8. The engine, based off of GM’s Generation-V production small-blocks, spins to the maximum-allowed speed of 7,600 rpm, making nearly 600 horsepower with no assistance from forced induction.

What’s even more impressive: since the start of the season, each Cadillac DPi-V.R. race car has changed engines just once, after the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Since Daytona, each engine has now covered 2,822 cumulative miles – more distance than a trip from New York City to Hollywood, California, Cadillac points out.

“As in the Cadillac CTS-V and Escalade, the Cadillac 6.2L V8 in the race car produces unrivaled, unfailing power and responsiveness,” says Cadillac’s Global Director of Product...


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Read more: The 6.2L V8 That Powers Cadillac's DPi-VR IMSA Race Car Is A Beast - GM Authority (blog)

Singapore F1 Grand Prix organisers sound out Supercars for undercard - The Sydney Morning Herald

Supercars could be become the major supporting attraction at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix as part of V8 racing's revived international expansion plans.

Fairfax Media has learned that Singapore GP organisers have sounded out Supercars on joining the undercard as the main daytime drawcard at the popular F1 night street race event.

The Supercars are investigating the possibility of support status at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. The Supercars are investigating the possibility of support status at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. Photo: Getty Images

It would force the Sandown 500 in Melbourne to be moved because its traditional mid-September slot in the calendar clashes with the running of the Singapore GP.

Supporting F1 in Singapore is Supercars' latest opportunity in a renewed push to gain a foothold outside Australia and New Zealand, targeting south-east Asia after short-lived forays to China, the Middle East and the US.

The Supercars event held in Austin, Texas, in 2013. The Supercars event held in Austin, Texas, in...

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Read more: Singapore F1 Grand Prix organisers sound out Supercars for undercard - The Sydney Morning Herald

Aragon Formula V8 3.5: Pietro Fittipaldi takes opening race pole ... - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


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Read more: Aragon Formula V8 3.5: Pietro Fittipaldi takes opening race pole ... - autosport.com

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship | Scoop News - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 11:18 am
Press Release: Porter Group

PORTERGROUP V8 UTE SERIES RESTRUCTURES CHAMPIONSHIP

Reduced costs and closer fields

The PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series has confirmed its calendar for the 2017-2018 season, with the series introducing some major cost cutting initiatives for competitors that will see more than $20,000 slashed from team's seasonal operating budgets.

Two less events with lower round fees, reduced entry fees, reduced tyre and brake costs and a lower TV levy will all contribute to the huge seasonal saving.

The 2017-2018 series, which remains a New Zealand motorsport championship, will reduce from six to four rounds - with two before Christmas and two after. All are 'big ticket' rounds with the championship opening at the ITM Supercar event at Pukekohe in November, before moving to the first round of the Speed Works Events promoted Premier Championship...


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Read more: Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship | Scoop News - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Saturday Sleuthing: The Briggs Supercheap Auto Falcon - Supercars.com

This year marks a special milestone for Supercheap Auto in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship as it celebrates its 20th year as a car sponsor in the category since first appearing on the flanks of a Supercar race car back at the start of the 1998 season.

Supercars.com reader Milton Strong recently attended the Perth SuperSprint at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia and came across an old Supercheap Auto Falcon AU on display in the paddock - and it prompted him to get in touch with us.

“It sure looked familiar and the colours reminded me of those cars from the late 1990s but I was really interested to see if you could dig up some more on the history of that particular car,” Milton wrote to us.

“I’d be intrigued to know if it had been a car sold to the John Briggs team by a bigger team that already had some race history or if it was one they built themselves.”

The answer...


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Read more: Saturday Sleuthing: The Briggs Supercheap Auto Falcon - Supercars.com

Supercars launches Super5000 series - Motorsport.com - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Supercars has confirmed controversial plans to launch a retro-themed open-wheeler category.

The Australian Touring Car championship has been rumoured to be working on a series based on the 1970s-inspired Formula 5000 category, using the V8 engines currently forming the backbone of Supercars.

New images of a prototype car built by Oscar Fiorinotto emerged on Friday, along with confirmation that Garth Tander, Lee Holdsworth, and Alex Davison have already tested it.

It's a controversial move, given that an independent project known as 'Formula Thunder 5000' has already hit the market.

Read Also:

According to Supercars CEO James Warburton, the Super5000 plan goes back to 2015.

He warned, however, that interest will decide whether or not it becomes a reality.

"Supercars retained the IP rights to a 5000 Series in March 2015 as part of the 2025 vision for sustained growth of the sport...


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Read more: Supercars launches Super5000 series - Motorsport.com - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

The New Aston Martin Vantage AMR Has V8 And V12 Flavors Of Fun - CarBuzz

by Jay Traugott
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Meet the first AMR car to enter production.

As we first saw at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, Aston Martin will roll out existing models with the AMR (Aston Martin Racing) treatment, and today it’s time for the Vantage to take center stage. Offered with both a V8 and V12 and as a coupe or roadster, the Aston Martin Vantage AMR is limited to 300 units globally (100 V12s and 200 V8s) and was inspired by the FIA World Endurance Championship wining V8 Vantage AMR racer. So, what’s new and different?
The New Aston Martin Vantage AMR Has V8 And V12 Flavors Of Fun

For starters, the V8 produces 430 hp while the V12 has 595 ponies, which is up from 565. Buyers will have a choice of either the familiar automatic transmission with paddle shifters, or – get this – six- or seven-speed manual gearboxes. The exterior is differentiated by a choice of four color schemes: Stratus White with an orange graphic, Ultramarine Black...


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Read more: The New Aston Martin Vantage AMR Has V8 And V12 Flavors Of Fun - CarBuzz

The 6.2L V8 That Powers Cadillac's DPi-VR IMSA Race Car Is A Beast - GM Authority (blog)

Cadillac’s three DPi-V.R. prototype race cars that have been fighting through the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series have only been able to do what they do thanks to a robust, powerful 6.2-liter V8. The engine, based off of GM’s Generation-V production small-blocks, spins to the maximum-allowed speed of 7,600 rpm, making nearly 600 horsepower with no assistance from forced induction.

What’s even more impressive: since the start of the season, each Cadillac DPi-V.R. race car has changed engines just once, after the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Since Daytona, each engine has now covered 2,822 cumulative miles – more distance than a trip from New York City to Hollywood, California, Cadillac points out.

“As in the Cadillac CTS-V and Escalade, the Cadillac 6.2L V8 in the race car produces unrivaled, unfailing power and responsiveness,” says Cadillac’s Global Director of Product...


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Read more: The 6.2L V8 That Powers Cadillac's DPi-VR IMSA Race Car Is A Beast - GM Authority (blog)

Whincup: V6 turbo 'a huge challenge' for Triple Eight | Supercars - Supercars.com

Six-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup has backed his Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s decision to delay the introduction of the twin-turbo V6 engine until 2019.

Holden announced earlier this month it will campaign a new Commodore for 2018 but will stick to its current V8 engine as it explores the possibility of phasing in the V6 through wildcard entries.

Whincup, whose current contract ties him to the factory Holden squad until the end of 2018, explained the magnitude of the challenge facing the team to introduce the new engine.

The V6 turbo is based on the GM Racing engine raced in the Cadillac GT3 program and is being developed for Supercars competition by the American factory in league with Triple Eight.

“You think just throw another engine in the front, how hard can it be?” he said on the FOX Motorsport Supercars Podcast.

“Everything revolves around the engine. All the...


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Champ trades in quadbike for Ford Ranger - Bosveld Review

POLOKWANE – In the last event of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) in May, the Battlefields 400 Race in the area of Dundee in KwaZulu Natal, Baragwanath and his navigator, Leonard Cremer, was running seventh overall and third in Class T with second place in sight after the 280 km mark.

Disappointingly for Baragwanath and Cremer, the left cv-boot was torn off and due to the muddy conditions the excess mud caused the cv to break. If that was not enough, the differential crown wheel and pinion broke as well.

It was a frustrating end to the day, but Baragwanath can still run for a possible podium place.

Baragwanath races in an older generation Ford Ranger which says a lot about his pace and what he is capable of.

“A big thanks to all my sponsors and my friends and family for their support and the opportunity to race in this year’s SACCS championship, it is an awesome...


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Read more: Champ trades in quadbike for Ford Ranger - Bosveld Review

Saturday Sleuthing: The Yellow Pages Commodore - Supercars.com

Generally in our Saturday Sleuthing stories we focus on the histories of racing cars from the Supercars era of touring car racing in Australia, but occasionally we wind back the clock to focus on race cars of yesteryear and today’s story is one of a nice reunification between driver and car.

Peter McLeod is perhaps best known for winning Bathurst in 1987 as part of Peter Brock’s Mobil HDT squad, but he also enjoyed a long and successful career in motorsport and paved the way for sons Ryan and Gerard to also become involved both behind the wheel and in workshops across the country.

Recently - through the power of social media - McLeod was re-united with his old Group A Commodore, a car that had started its life as a rental car bought at auction (true story!) and been his weapon of choice for three Bathursts in the mid-to-late 1980s - fans perhaps remember it best as the Yellow Pages...


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NCAA D3 Champs Crowned - Bates Takes Team Championship, Williams Wins V8 - row2k.com

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After the Bates second varsity eight won gold in their event - the team's fourth straight in the 2V8 - the 2V members collected at the jumbotron in the athlete area to watch their varsity come down the course. As the Bates varsity passed by them out on the water in second place, just a few seats behind eventual winner Williams, the Bates 2V knew something their 1V did not: the running points tally for the team national championship.

"We knew that all they needed to do was get second," Bates 2V coxswain and senior Abby Bierman said. "We were watching the last 500 of the race, watching Wellesley taking this huge move and then watching Bates taking another huge move at the end. As they got to the finish line our bow seat Alex Salazar turned around and covered her face, she couldn't watch it. Then they finished second, and we all whipped around to look at the...


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Supercars launches Super5000 series - Motorsport.com - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Supercars has confirmed controversial plans to launch a retro-themed open-wheeler category.

The Australian Touring Car championship has been rumoured to be working on a series based on the 1970s-inspired Formula 5000 category, using the V8 engines currently forming the backbone of Supercars.

New images of a prototype car built by Oscar Fiorinotto emerged on Friday, along with confirmation that Garth Tander, Lee Holdsworth, and Alex Davison have already tested it.

It's a controversial move, given that an independent project known as 'Formula Thunder 5000' has already hit the market.

Read Also:

According to Supercars CEO James Warburton, the Super5000 plan goes back to 2015.

He warned, however, that interest will decide whether or not it becomes a reality.

"Supercars retained the IP rights to a 5000 Series in March 2015 as part of the 2025 vision for sustained growth of the sport...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: Supercars launches Super5000 series - Motorsport.com - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship | Scoop News - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 11:18 am
Press Release: Porter Group

PORTERGROUP V8 UTE SERIES RESTRUCTURES CHAMPIONSHIP

Reduced costs and closer fields

The PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series has confirmed its calendar for the 2017-2018 season, with the series introducing some major cost cutting initiatives for competitors that will see more than $20,000 slashed from team's seasonal operating budgets.

Two less events with lower round fees, reduced entry fees, reduced tyre and brake costs and a lower TV levy will all contribute to the huge seasonal saving.

The 2017-2018 series, which remains a New Zealand motorsport championship, will reduce from six to four rounds - with two before Christmas and two after. All are 'big ticket' rounds with the championship opening at the ITM Supercar event at Pukekohe in November, before moving to the first round of the Speed Works Events promoted Premier Championship...


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Read more: Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship | Scoop News - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

The New Aston Martin Vantage AMR Has V8 And V12 Flavors Of Fun - CarBuzz

by Jay Traugott
9,854 reads

Meet the first AMR car to enter production.

As we first saw at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, Aston Martin will roll out existing models with the AMR (Aston Martin Racing) treatment, and today it’s time for the Vantage to take center stage. Offered with both a V8 and V12 and as a coupe or roadster, the Aston Martin Vantage AMR is limited to 300 units globally (100 V12s and 200 V8s) and was inspired by the FIA World Endurance Championship wining V8 Vantage AMR racer. So, what’s new and different?
The New Aston Martin Vantage AMR Has V8 And V12 Flavors Of Fun

For starters, the V8 produces 430 hp while the V12 has 595 ponies, which is up from 565. Buyers will have a choice of either the familiar automatic transmission with paddle shifters, or – get this – six- or seven-speed manual gearboxes. The exterior is differentiated by a choice of four color schemes: Stratus White with an orange graphic, Ultramarine Black...


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Read more: The New Aston Martin Vantage AMR Has V8 And V12 Flavors Of Fun - CarBuzz

 

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