Australia’s most spectacular open-wheel race car, the Super5000, has recorded Formula 1-rivalling times at the weekend’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival, 2017 Sandown 500 winner Cameron Waters recording the second-fastest outright time of the entire event.
Driving the Supercar engine-powered machine – designed by Supashock’s Australian Race Engineering division – Waters achieved a 43.4s lap time around the Victoria Park Sprint Circuit, just 0.4s slower than the 43.0s that was set by an Arrows F1 car.
“I was surprised by the Super5000 car – it was so much fun to drive!” Waters said.
“The engine and gearbox combination worked really well and I could tell how much attention to detail had gone into the design and construction.”
The Super5000 was also driven by Supercars Champion and three-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander, recently-crowned Dunlop Super2 Series Champion Todd Hazelwood and South Australian Super2 pilot Josh Kean.
“The Super5000 was a spectacular car to drive,” Hazelwood said.
“The most noticeable aspect was the power of the Supercars motor – in such a lightweight open-wheeler, the power-to-weight ratio and low-end power delivery makes it a very exciting car to drive.
“When these cars start racing in the new series, the drivers are going to thoroughly enjoy the experience and the fans will love watching them.”
The stunning performance and positive driver feedback of the Super5000 was a proud moment for the Supashock design team, which included respected engineers Oscar Fiorinotto and Alistair McVean.
“The Super5000 car was designed and constructed right here in Adelaide, so for it to return home and be so well-received was very special,” Mr Fiorinotto said.
“Around the Sprint Circuit, there aren’t many high-speed corners but the drivers were very positive about the mechanical grip through the slower corners.”
The Super5000 will complete further testing, development and demonstration runs in the coming months, with orders already taken and interest gathering in the new Super5000 race series.