Usually, shaking down a new race car can be full of agony and heartaches, so it's surprising how positive Ford Performance Racing's (FPR) feedback was after its first tests with the Ford Falcon Car of the Future (COTF). This new racer is being tested in preparation for the 2013 Australian V8 Supercars season.

In total, the Falcon COTF ran 20 laps around Winton Motor Raceway, and based on the initial tests, FPR said the car performed better than expected during a short session. The car will perform its first full day of testing on Monday ahead of the Dick Smith Sandown 500.

That's not all the news happening for next year's V8 Supercar season. We already knew that Nissan is returning to the series for the first time since 1993, but now we know what'll be under the hood of its Altima racer: a Nissan Motorsport VK56DE V8 engine. Made in Tennessee, this aluminum V8 has been modified for race use by dropping its displacement from 5.6 liters down to 5.0 to comply with V8 Supercars regs.

Of course, we'll be able to see all of these cars in action in the U.S. next season when the V8 Supercars invade the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.


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      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Falcon. The one new Ford sedan I'd love to own, but can't get because Ford thinks the Taurus is "sporty".
      Jesse Gurr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does it say Ecoboost on it? Is it a V8 Ecoboost? That seems a little weird since ecoboost goes on a V6 to get V8 numbers but what about V8 ecoboost to get what? V10 numbers? cool :)
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jesse Gurr
        There isn't gonna be an EcoBoost V8. Ford debunked those rumors two years ago. The 5.0 will get DI soon, but that's it.
      j.blow66
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! Nice job Ford. It looks like a REAL Falcon... nlike the NASCrap decal-template cars.
        Kris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @j.blow66
        It can turn right too ;)
          msspamrefuge
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          Agreed. IMO, V8 Supercars and even DTM's credibility are largely rooted in that while the race cars may not be as faithful to the street cars from which they borrow semblance as FIA GT racers, they're far more in line aesthetically, mechanically, and spiritually.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          SPOILER: NASCAR racers can turn both ways.
          ToyotaSupraMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          And it has doors! That actually open! And it will race on Bathurst!
          Philthy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          @carguy1701: Don't try and tell people here that, it would blow their tiny little minds.
          Kris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          Oh, I know the cars can turn right, but the drivers can't. I watched the Sprint Cup at Watkins Glens recently (don't know what year 'cause it was recording) and it was pathetic. It was more like Survivor than racing, the one who manages to stay on the track wins. Some of them missed corners and went in the field on their own for no obvious reason (complete lack of talent comes to mind), they missed braking point (if they had any at all). they had no idea how to approach for overtaking or how to defend against one. As I said above it was pathetic! Very, very few drivers were good at that course and looked like they knew what they are doing.
          Kris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          V8 Supercars actually were based on heavily modified street cars till now. Now they are based on spec chassis. But there is another championship based entirely on modified street cars and it has more than two makes in it. I am talking about the Italian V8 Superstars. It's awesome!
      Robert Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Irony is the 2 Litre 240hp Ecoboost has flopped as an engine option on the Falcon. Still this pretty much how a stock falcon looks.
        SlimJim32
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert Ryan
        It's actually a fantastic engine, just no one knows about it basically. This is the first marketing Ford has given the ecoboost in 12 months. People just need to drive these things.....
          Robert Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SlimJim32
          Mick agree, they have 1000hp streetable versions of the Turbo Barra 6. The engine has Ecoboost Horsepower and torque characteristics in it's "non-tweaked" settings. As a "hot" engine for the Territory CUV, it was getting at 4,500rpm 365hp and 380lbs ft of torque at 2000rpm. At a slightly higher boost it was getting 410hp and 415lbs ft of torque(these are average not peak amounts ) at 2000rpm, pulls like a freight train.
          Mick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SlimJim32
          The 4.0L inline-6 is better though, very underrated! The 4.0L also has massive room for improvement, including block alloy upgrade, direct injection, the use of twin-vct... If they did that, and make a 3.0L ecoboost version, as well as ecoboost an update 4.0L I6, it would put the other engines to shame. Look at what people already do with a few simple modifications to the latest FPV F6/F6E.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I read the brochure for the spec chassis they're using. It's actually pretty cool.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This year marks the end of Factory model shells. Now, panels around a common race chassis as of next year. :(
        Muttons
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brodz
        V8 Supercars becomes Nascar. OK, not quite so bad, but not as cool as true stock car racing.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Corey Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know that Nissan makes several displacements of the vk v8? 4.5, 5.0, 5.6L http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_VK_engine
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