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An old nemesis is making a return to Australia’s V8 Supercar series. From 1990 through 1992, the Nissan Skyline GT-R dominated the Australian Touring Car Championship series, running rings around Holden and Ford V8′s. During the 1991 Bathurst 1000, the GT-R even set a top-speed record that could not be matched for nine years. Finally, in 1992, Australia’s racing body charged a weight penalty and a boost pressure reduction in an attempt to level the playing field. However, that failed to slow the GT-R down as it continued to dominate its last season before new rules that required V8 powerplants banned the GT-R’s entry.
After a decade, the Nissan GT-R once again returns to the stage under the the Supercar V8′s Car of the Future program, a new project encouraging a wider variety of automakers to join the series. What’s more, Mark Skaife, the man behind the Car of the Future program, was a former GT-R racer that won many of Nissan’s victories in Australia during the early ’90s.
In order to meet the current V8 Supercar regulations, Nissan’s race car will be forced to use a generic rear-wheel-drive, V8 drivetrain. Despite the fact that it will not be an authentic GT-R racing alongside the fire breathing Aussie V8s, we do look forward to seeing more and more automakers following Nissan’s example to freshen up the Bathurst grid. So far, four GT-R’s under Kelly Racing will be participating in the 2013 season.
Watch video of the announcement below:
Ford’s Australian high performance FPV division Black Concept sedan has been given the green light for production after their a concept version was unveiled last month at the 2011 Australian Auto Show.
Following the excitement and positive feedback received at the show, the company decided to produce the car. The concept is based on FPV’s existing Falcon-based muscle sedan. The production carwill be sporting a unique version of the Mustang Boss’ 5.0-liter V8, mated to an Eaton supercharger, producing 449-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
The FPV GT Black Concept sported a black paint finish, 19-inch black alloy wheels, black tailpipes and a track-tuned suspension. Stopping the GT will be easy because it comes equipped with six-piston front and four-piston rear brake setup. On the inside, there’s a display screen with a reverse camera and, you guessed it, black leather. Unfortunately only 125 of these stealth bombers will be made, so Aussie buyers will have to act quickly. It has not been confirmed as to whether all of these performance accessories will make it to the production vehicle, but FPV has said that some pieces will appear on the production vehicle.
Gallery: Ford FPV Black Concept
[Source: Motor Authority]
Mach7 Motorsports recently unveiled a pre-production Falcon giving America yet another option in the exotic car department. Founded by Americans Jeff and Carl Lemke, the Falcon sports good ‘ol domestic horsepower underneath the hood, with a 6.2L LS3 Chevrolet Corvette V8 powerplant pushing out around 500-hp.
Pricing is estimated to be around $200,000, but for those with even bigger wallets Mach7 will offer some additional engine options with either an LS7 or LS9 supercharged powerplant to deliver 640-hp. Combine the potent American engine with the Falcon’s full carbon fiber body and you’ve got the foundation for a seriously fast supercar.
On the outside the Falcon will also have a removable targa roof panel while a set of 20-inch Forgeline wheels adorn each corner. The vehicle definitely carries a wide stance, with a set of 335/30/20 rubber in the rear and 275/35/20 in the front.
The interior is a bit plain, but effective, sporting a pair of Venzano racing seats highlighted by a chrome and leather steering wheel. Tech toys include a Garmin navigation system, Bluetooth, iPod integration and a Bose premium sound system.
Production will be limited to just 15 Falcons a year.