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Oz Trucks at the Masters

July 21st, 2011 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

The Muscle Car Masters’s Sports Sedan Spectacular on September 3-4 will feature cars many races fans will see for the first time – Oz Trucks.

Owners of the NASCAR Truck-style machines are currently racing in state level categories in Queensland and New South Wales with a view to contesting a dedicated series when numbers grow.

Seven Oz Trucks currently reside in Australia, with two more bound for our shores later this month, from Longbeach, California.

The plan is to run Oz Trucks as a standalone category, subject to a minimum number of twelve cars hitting the track.

Oz Trucks are powered by a 6.2-litre Chevrolet V8 engine built by VanGordan Racing Engines. They feature a four-speed H-pattern gearbox and a 9 inch differential with full floating axles. Rear suspension adjustments can be easily made through the utility tray, and the fibreglass panels such as the front hood and guards can be removed quickly and efficiently.

The power to weight ratio is similar to a V8 Supercar’s. Oz Trucks weigh 1180kg with the driver and push out a whopping 525hp.

Oz Trucks founders Greg McIntyre and Graham Struber both have extensive experience working for various teams in the V8 Supercar Championship for almost a decade. They have plenty of passion for this series.

The bosses say nothing compares to the rumbling noise, sheer off-the-line acceleration and the curb-hopping, close racing. They claim it is the most cost effective form of turn-key racing with purpose-built racecars.

Marcos Ambrose drove a similar spec machine in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back in 2006, which kick started his career in the States.

The Muscle Car Masters is on Fathers Day, September 4, with as many as three Oz Trucks likely to race for the Tony Edmondson Trophy in the Sports Sedan Spectacular. Story and pics by Kelly Johnson

KEY STATISTICS:

Power: 510 horsepower

Top speed: 145 mph

Gearbox: 4 speed T101

Diff: 3.5 ratio

Brakes: Willwood 12 inch

Tyres: Goodyear 15 x 10 inch

Rear-end: 3 link, coilover shocks

Chassis: full space frame

Weight: 1200kgs

Rear brake bias: 53 percent

Radiator: large rear aluminium

Fuel: E85 running thru carby

Fuel tank: 22 gallon

Built: USA

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