Will this make the V8's any better, since it was the old system that was the spanner in the works? Apparently the old suspension was hard to tune, and less 'user friendly'. I hope it makes a difference....
Nuts. The Av's chassis is 40Kg heavier than the AU. Ford's racing teams are struggling now to get the falcon weight down to race minimum weight. Looks like Holden may have the next two years on the race track wrapped up. But there is always hope...
Please stop thinking the AU/AV Barra whatever it is when it appears on the road has anything to do with V8Supercars. These are becoming more and more formula race cars with either Falcon or Commodore panels attached to the outsides.
Motor Magazine: January 2002 had the article 'WEIGHT FOR IT' on pg 12.
..."The AV will provide Ford race teams with the additional headache of having the bare bodyshell 40kg heavier than the AU's structure. Ford teams already struggle to get the car down to the category's minimum weight of 1350 kg, whereas the VX commodore actually requires balast to reach the limit."
"When I joined the marines all they gave us was two sticks and a rock! And we had to share the rock between the whole platoon!"
H2 pwnz j00 foo.
Also there is the parity reason for using the live axle setup, I forgot to mention that above.
As for bodyshells, I am pretty sure the teams get their shells from Beehag(sp?) who take the body pressings from the factory and assemble them with a basic rollcage then pass them onto the teams who then add to them as thy see fit, they can do what they can to strip more weight out of them, but that process is initially undergone when the chassis is first put together at beehag. Holden have a similar arrangement with dencar to build the shells for their teams, or at least they used to, not sure if they still do or not.
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