A significant milestone in the birth of the all-new S5000 category has been reached in Melbourne, with the arrival, from Onroak-Ligier (US), of the remaining first batch of S5000 tubs at Garry Rogers Motorsport.
The nine new tubs join the original chassis that has completed all of the test and development work, as well as the other four tubs, which landed in March.
The S5000 car is a unique Australian concept and, based on the French-designed Onroak-Ligier carbon-fibre chassis, is a masterclass of Australian motorsport engineering, with the entire car – outside the required FIA-approved safety cell and other selected Onroak-Ligier parts (nose, front wing, side pods) – being engineered and built in Australia.
It has been designed with strength, safety and economy of both initial and ongoing costs as priorities in order to bring top-line single-seater motorsport back to Australia.
Construction of components is being completed at a feverish rate at the GRM workshop in Dandenong, with production lines for suspension parts, exhaust systems and the carbon fibre work that is being shared between GRM and LC Race Composites.
Elsewhere, further Australian ingenuity and input is the hallmark of S5000, with transmission and other driveline component manufacturing now in full swing at Holinger (Melbourne), S5000-spec 560hp V8 engines being assembled at InnoV8 (Brisbane) complete with Australian MoTeC electronics systems, and wheels coming together at Max Wheels (Sydney), along with a number of other crucial locally-made parts such as steering wheels, radiators and electronics wiring looms.
The S5000 category will contest its historic maiden race event at Sandown International Raceway on September 20-22.