• Jun 6th 2008 at 10:29AM
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Click above for a high res gallery of the new FG01 racing car

Just as civilian Ford Falcon drivers have a new ride in which to roll, the racers who pilot the competition version of the sedan in Australia's V8 Supercar series now have an FG Falcon to call their own. The FG01 V8 Supercar will be officially unveiled at this weekend's race in Melbourne, where it'll entertain with some demo laps and then reside in the pits. According to Ford, the race car was designed to maximize driver safety while minimizing teams' operating, maintenance, and repair costs. Best of all, unlike the "stock" cars run in our various NASCAR series, Australia's V8 supercars actually bear more than a passing resemblance to their production counterparts -- four doors and all. There's no mistaking the fact that this car is derived from the Falcon XR8. Plus, it has a Giant Effing Wing that makes the apparatus hung off of some Pikes Peak hillclimb cars look like the ducktail on a '73 Carrera RS. Awesome. The FG01 will go into battle against its Holden counterparts next season.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Be nice to see this type of racing in North America.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Check out Grand Am's Koni Challenge Series. They run on road coarses nationwide.
      • 7 Years Ago
      holy smokes... a little elevator control on that wing, and that car would FLY.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now that is a stock car! I'd love to see cars like that on every road course in the US. That's a racing series I could get interested in!
        • 7 Years Ago
        or an oval series I could get interested in. "Stock" cars are way way cooler to watch
      • 7 Years Ago
      Technology-wise, they're actually very similar to a NASCAR car. They didn't go to a straight silhouette racer though, which is good. It's also a lot easier for them not to because they only have two cars out there and most tracks (not including Mount Panorama) are street tracks where the tiny differences in aero don't make big differences in performance (matching aero is the reason NASCAR went to a single car in the end).

      To me, the major reason to prefer V8 Supercars over NASCAR isn't the cars, it's the tracks. Instead of a steady diet of ovals, they have a lot of street courses and some road courses.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hell yes! Can't wait to see this in the capable hands of Frosty, Jamie, Lowndsey and co!

      - R
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