If F1's new engine rules don't excite you, then this could be the series for you
For a while now a new single-seater championship has been under development in Australia. Well, not quite new - it’s a re-imagining of the Formula 5000 championship that was big in the 1970s.
Called Formula Thunder 5000, the idea pairs a simple chassis to a beastly 5.0-litre V8 engine and the results are…well, incredible. The prototype recently made an appearance at Surfer’s Paradise for the Gold Coast 600, where it did some demo laps in the hands of Tim Macrow, and the sound…oh wow, the sound!
It’s not just the noise that’s impossibly cool, it’s also the amount of sliding around. And if just one car going around the track looks and sounds that good, imagine a whole field of them!
In fact, the only thing that kinda sucks is that it’s lost the huge retro airbox that appeared on the first prototypes of the car, but that’s a small price to pay for something that otherwise looks like it could be a mega series.
Oh, and did we mention it sounds good?
Some cars have already been sold to teams, and the inaugural FT5000 championship is set to get underway in Australia and New Zealand sometime next year. We can’t wait!