Evolving from a simple philosophy of using the best components and the best V8 designers, engineers and builders, a new generation of future-proofed V8 touring car has been created.

There is now huge growing in both car and drivers for its third season. Drawn by the 550 horsepower available, a number of current V8Supercar drivers are skipping the Tasman to be part of the series. Names such as Scott McLaughlin, Greg Murphy, Craig Baird, John McIntyre, Kayne Scott, Andy Booth, Paul Manuell and many more lined up to be part of the first round back in 2012. With all vying for the top spot in a field brimming with champions and more than 100 national motorsport titles, it's a hard-fought battle for supremacy - that grows by the day.

In the heat of action the car gives a spine tingling ring of performance. Multiply that by 20 cars and the result will be captivating. You can stay up-to-date with thelive resultsand television from the website, orshout yourself ticketsfor the opportunity to be there in person. The countdown to the Series of Champions continues.

In more detail:

The V8 SuperTourer is based on a monocoque chassis, like the Australian V8 Supercar car of the future (COFT project),and built to accommodate both the current VE Commodore and FG Falcon bodies or any other similar sized four-dour production vehicle such a Toyota Camry, BMW 5 series, etc.

Designed and built by Paul Ceprnich, of Pace Innovations Australia, the chassis forms the basis of a future-proofed V8 touring car, similar in concept to a current Australian V8 Supercar but at less than half the cost.

The car is powered by a strictly-controlled, one make, all-alloy, fuel injected and dry sumped 7-litre V8ST engine (proprietary branded for the series) that is unique to New Zealand. The power-plant is derived from the Le Mans programme and hand-built in America to deliver some 550hp at 6,800rpm with an expected racing life of 10,000 racing kilometres before requiring maintenance. This engine is very similar to that of the successful international GT racing Mosler supercar, though final preparation and tuning of the NZ ST powerplant is completed in New Zealand.

The drive-train consists of a triple-plate clutch, which delivers engine torque through a Quaife 6-speed sequential transmission via a two-piece pro-shaft. This feeds a classic nine inch Ford-based differential, which is fitted with a Torsen-style limited slip and crown wheel carrier assembly in order to provide excellent traction in a wide variety of conditions.

The rear suspension adopts the proven three-link live rear axle system fitted with camber and toe, CV style, floating rear hubs. The front is a sophisticated new design featuring a double wishbone layout that is also cleverly symmetrical from left to right, meaning interchangeable components and therefore reduced overheads and a smaller spares inventory. Both the front and rear suspension movements are dampened by adjustable bump and rebound shock absorbers fitted with adjustable spring platforms.

Steering is through a power assisted rack and pinion assembly, mounted ahead of the engine in order to better optimise the front suspension geometry and the high loads generated under long distance racing events.

The NZ SuperTourer uses a Brembo brake package that includes ventilated 380mm diameter 35mm thick rotors at the front and 355x32mm ventilated rotors at the rear. Both the front and rear rotors are fitted with Brembo's super-stiff "forged" billet alloy six-piston brake callipers in front and 4-piston callipers behind. This state-of-the-art brake package provides awesome stopping power  the comparatively light car, which has an all up weight including driver of less than 1,300 kg.

Fitted to this are bespoke NZ ST 11x18 forged alloy wheels carrying 280 x 680 x 18 Hankook racing slicks or wet weather radial tyres identical to those used in the super successful German Touring Car Championship – the DTM.

Overall, the V8 SuperTourer is designed to have performance similar to that of a current Australian V8 Supercar and is specifically designed for both sprint and long distance, enduro style racing with its 120-litre capacity fuel cell.

Why the NZSuperTourer?

Gone are the days when you can buy the car on Monday that won on Sunday. Understanding what happened in the past and what’s happening in the present is key to understanding why we have what we have today.

We wanted to avoid past instances where it only took one manufacturer (Ford Sierra, Nissan Skyline) to decide that they wanted to win the title at all costs to effectively turn it into a one make series. Hence the common engine, ECU, gearbox, suspension and aero package, regardless of the car’s ‘badge’ or make.

It’s simply cheaper to build a purpose built race car from the in-side-out with 'production racing car parts' than it is to build a modified road car out-side-in with 'customised road car parts'. The cars rely on driver ability, set up and team strategy to be at the front and that great racing and controlled budgets is what the series is all about – not forgetting the mighty roar of a full race V8.

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