V8 » 06 June 2008
Ford unveils new FG01.
Ford has released images its FG01 V8 Supercar ahead of the car's maiden public appearance at this weekend's Sandown round, where it will take to the track for the first time.
Based on Ford's recently launched FG Falcon XR8 road car, the new Blue Oval weapon was designed and built by major Ford V8 Supercar teams Ford Performance Racing, Triple Eight and Stone Brothers Racing.
In development for over 18 months, FG01 was created to meet specific Ford design requirements in addition to fitting the Touring Car Entrants Group [TEGA] 'Blueprint specification', and it is now set for a mid-year homologation.
"We are absolutely ecstatic with our new FG01 - overall, the car looks a much tougher package," said Ford Racing manager Ray Price as he surveyed images of the car in a striking 'Nitro' blue and white colour scheme.
"Aside from the obvious lines and aesthetics that we've inherited from the FG Falcon XR8 road car, the adjustments to create a unique and functional V8 Supercar have come together into one extremely well-rounded vehicle which we are very pleased with.
"The Nitro blue colour is distinctly Ford and our Blue Oval dedicated livery - which was created especially for the FG01 prototype by a Ford employee in our design studio - is in line with our ongoing commitment to V8 Supercars.
"Developing FG01 was an intricate process and the design and build centred around meeting TEGA specifications alongside the goals of Ford and its major V8 Supercar teams, which were mainly related to cost reduction, reparability and safety."
TEGA specifications control all dimensional aspects related to V8 Supercar length, width, height, weight, wheelbase, wheel track, suspension mounting points, front bumper and rear wing positions, plus a number of secondary mounting point positions.
The FG01 build involved a number of complex processes including the floor, cage, internal structural panels and external finish panels, while a major design consideration was to ensure that the maximum amount of BF mechanical components could carry over into the new FG chassis to assist with cost control and minimise redundant parts.
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