Ford Performance Racing has revealed its first fully completed Car of the Future chassis, shaking down their new machine at Winton Motor Raceway today.
The team are the first to build and run a final specification V8 Supercar Car of the Future (COTF), following on from Triple Eight Engineering’s maiden test last month, conducted using a number of components that were not finalised in the absence of the all the relevant control parts.
Sporting Ford’s unique EcoBoost motorsport livery, the team’s 2013-spec Falcon was unveiled at the factory Ford team’s home test track by drivers Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison.
Winterbottom then took to the track for five scheduled installation laps, enabling the team to work through a range of system checks. Another 15 lap shakedown will be held tomorrow, with the car’s first proper test to be completed on 10 September.
Team Principal Tim Edwards praised the team for finishing the car on schedule in its final specification.
“Today’s reveal and shakedown is the result of many months of design and manufacturing by our team and they should all be praised for their efforts,” Edwards said.
“While there is still a lot of work to be done to understand the new car ahead of next season our ability to have the car on track running what we hope will be the final specification of many parts will give us the best chance of starting 2013 at the head of the field.
“Our plan for the shakedown is to check the car’s systems so we have some data and feedback from the drivers ahead of our first proper test.”