F5000 racers revived

The spirit of the legendary Formula 5000 race cars of the 1970s is set to live on. Using a modern carbonfibre monocoque, the retrostyled openwheeler is powered by an injected atmo 5.0-litre Ford V8. While the cars will carry sizeable wings, organisers of the so-called Formula Thunder 5000 category say downforce is “moderate” and that the emphasis is on mechanical grip from wide slick tyres. Tasman Series races are planned for NZ in December and Australia in January, with the hope of attracting international drivers in the traditional off-season.