News Fernandez Ute to debut at WTAC 2012

We are proud to announce the Fernandez Motorsport Falcon utility will debut at World Time Attack 2012 in the Pro Class. This is a car that has been long awaited by Ford fans around the country and all eyes will be on it as it heads out onto the Eastern Creek circuit (now Sydney Motorsport Park) in August.

This team hit the headlines in 2010 when they competed in an ex Jason Bright V8 Supercar fitted with an Australian built XR6 turbo twin cam six cylinder engine.

While this may not have been competive against the experience and might of the Japanese and American teams they certainly learnt a lot and got the fire burning in Jose Fernandez and saw the creation of an Australian icon for time attack racing, The Falcon Ute!

“The first thing we realised is that there was no way that a big heavy V8 Supercar was ever going to compete with lightweight missiles especially on street tyres” said Jose “so we set out to build something a lot lighter and something with a bit of character that we can use as a demo car to compete in World Time Attack and other sprint type events.”

 

Unfortunately with a busy race schedule throughout the year running young guys in the V8 touring cars series the ute was never finished in time for WTAC 2011 but did however appear on the Haltech stand with a crowd around it all weekend admiring the crazy engineering that has gone into this car.

For 2012 it will be a different story according to Jose “We will be there 100%!”.

“While I do not expect a largely untested car to be a threat to the front runners we will certainly be giving it a good go and flying the Aussie flag high. Much of our business today is either racing cars or performance upgrades for Xr6 so this is the logical marketing tool for Fernandez Motorsport and  we will continue to develop it into the future as time permits.”

The car will also be fitted with a 4 speed Jerico gearbox this year replacing the 6 speed Holinger. ” this engine just has so much torque it does not need six gears and we are fairly confident the car will be faster with taller gearing and less gearchanges” said Jose. On top of this Ian Pollard will be finishing the rear bodywork in lightweight carbon fibre. The XR6 engine remains unchanged and Jose is confident that this will have more than enough power to do the job.

We will keep you udated as this car comes together and you can check out the full spec sheet on the Yokohama Advan website.

 

Unit C, 511-515 Botany Road
Zetland NSW 2017
www.fernandezmotorsport.com

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