V8 Touring Cars Series


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V8 Touring Cars Series

What is the difference between a V8 Touring Car and a V8 Supercar? In fact the V8 Touring Cars once were V8 Supercars. Confusing? The common element is Australia's love for racing the big Holden and Falcon V8s.

Technically redundant racing cars often meet an inglorious end as spare parts for other projects. However, the five-year-old Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series provides another life for de-registered V8 Supercars and allows them to once again thunder around Australia's best motor racing circuitsi.

The Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series gives former Supercars a second life. Attribution: Uploaded by Adrenalin Matt via Flickr.

History of the series

The V8 Touring Car Series was established in 2008 as a relatively low cost opportunity to conduct racing with de-registered V8 Supercar race cars. To be eligible vehicles must be Ford Falcon EB to BF and Holden Commodore VP to VZ modelsii.

While the vehicles are no longer eligible for V8 Supercar development or registration, many of the vehicles have worthy histories and some owners are racing the cars in their historic livery - much to the delight of knowledgeable fans.

Who is competing?

The series is attracting a range of drivers, from ambitious young drivers gaining experience while climbing the tiers of touring car racing to veteran professionals and gifted amateurs with a passion for the racing V8si. All drivers must hold a CAMS Provisional Circuit license as a minimumiii.

Which cars can race?

Within the specified Holden and Ford ex-V8 Supercar models there are two sub classes: Class H for vehicles fitted with Hollinger RD6H "H" pattern gearboxes and Class S for the later series cars fitted with Hollinger RD6S sequential shift gearboxes. Control powertrain Electronic Control Units (ECU) are mandated and maximum engine speed is limited to 7000 RPM (500 RPM less than V8 Supercars)iv.

While V8 Touring Cars are effectively detuned V8 Supercars they nonetheless produce approximately 450 kilowatts. Combine that raw V8 power with a minimum weight (without driver and fuel) of 1350kgv and you still have a power to weight ratio of approximately 330kw per tonne; more than enough for exciting racing.

Series schedule

The 2014 V8 Touring Car Series will commence on the 25th April with Friday practice. Round six will conclude on Sunday 2nd November. Six historic racetracks in four states host the six round seriesvi. The circuits provide enormous variety and challenges for competitors: everything from the tight, twisty and technical Wakefield Park to the world famous, flowing high speed of iconic Phillip Island.

The published schedule for the 2014 six round series is below:

Round One Mallala, SA April 25 - 27
Round Two Winton, VIC June 13 – 15
Round Three Queensland Raceway, QLD August 8 – 10
Round Four Phillip Island, VIC September 19 - 21
Round Five Wakefield Park, NSW October 17 - 19
Round Six Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW October 31 – November 2

Each round consists of Friday practice sessions, Saturday practice and qualifying sessions and Sunday race sessions. This provides a total of two hours and twenty minutes of track time for each round - which is a long time to wrestle a 600 horsepower beast around the shorter circuits in the series!


iV8 Touring Cars, Welcome to the Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series website, viewed 15 February 2014,
href="http://www.v8touringcars.com.au/

iiV8 Touring Cars, Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series, viewed 15 February 2014,
http://v8touringcars.com.au/uploads/V8%20Touring%20Car%20Series%20-%20Information%2019%202.pdf,
pp. 1-3

iiiConfederation of Australian Motor Sport, 2013 Australian V8 Touring Car Series – Sporting and Technical Regulations, viewed 15 February 2014,
http://docs.cams.com.au/Manual/SportingRegulations/2013/2013%20Australian%20V8%20Touring%20Car%20Series%20Sporting%20and%20Technical%20Regulations%20-%20Version%202.pdf,
p. 4

ivKumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series, AV8TC Category Information, viewed 15 February 2014,
http://v8touringcars.com.au/uploads/V8%20Touring%20Car%20Series%20-%20Information%2019%202.pdf,
pp. 6-7

vConfederation of Australian Motor Sport, 2013 Australian V8 Touring Car Series – Sporting and Technical Regulations, viewed 15 February 2014,
href="http://docs.cams.com.au/Manual/SportingRegulations/2013/2013%20Australian%20V8%20Touring%20Car%20Series%20Sporting%20and%20Technical%20Regulations%20-%20Version%202.pdf,
p.9

viKumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series, 2014 Schedule, viewed 15 February 2014,
http://v8touringcars.com.au/schedule/