Aussie Racing Cars

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Aussie Racing Cars
Category Silhouette racing car
Country Australia
Inaugural season 2001
Engine suppliers Yamaha FJ1300
Drivers' champion James Duckworth
Teams' champion RDA Brakes/Rinkin Racing
Makes' champion Nissan Altima
Official website Official website of Aussie Racing Cars
Motorsport current event.svg Current season
The first lap of an Aussie Racing Cars race at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2015.

Aussie Racing Cars is an Australian motor racing category. Essentially a motorcycle powered Silhouette racing car class, it was created by former touring car racer Phil Ward, influenced by the American Legends category. Ward sold the category in 2012 to Keltic Motorsport, a motorsport company owned by Queensland based father-son team of Tony and Klark Quinn with Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bargwanna acting as commercial director.[1]

The category contests an annual Aussie Racing Car Series which is approved by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport as a National Series.[2] In 2009 the series made the transition from running at V8 Supercar events to run on the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships program. The series has since reverted to having most of the rounds alongside V8 Supercar events.

The most successful drivers in the category are Paul Kemal who has won the series title three times, Mike Russell twice, while Phil Ward's two sons James and Brad have also won titles.

The Hampton Downs round of the 2016 season hosted the inaugural Trans-Tasman Woman's Challenge. Charlotte Poynting was chosen to represent Team Australian up against Alyssa Clapperton representing Team New Zealand. In Race 3 Poynting who started 9th on the grid, raced through the field to win by 2.5 seconds, becoming the first ever Female to win a race in the Aussie Racing Cars category.

Currently in 2016 Harley Haber is the youngest driver in the category, just 16 years of age.

The cars[edit]

A Holden VY Commodore-bodied Aussie Racing Car.
A Toyota Aurion-bodied Aussie Racing Car.
A "Euro GT"-bodied Aussie Racing Car.
A Holden Cruze-bodied Aussie Racing Car.
A Chevrolet Camaro-bodied Aussie Racing Car.

The Aussie Racing Car combines current racing technology and performance in a one-design class where all cars are mechanically identical with strict rules in place to maintain that position. Various body styles are permitted. Originally only 1940 Ford Coupé and Holden FJ body styles were available, with Ford AU Falcon and Holden VY Commodore styles which replicate V8 Supercars later made available. A Toyota Aurion body shape was launched in 2008,[3] followed by a Holden Cruze in 2012 [4] and a Merecedes-Benz inspired "Euro GT" in 2013.[5] Nissan Altima,[6] Ford Mustang,[7] and Chevrolet Camaro were added in 2014.[7] Hyundai Elantra debuted during the 2015 series.[8]

Cars are constructed on a purpose built steel tubular space frame chassis with integral roll cage construction designed and approved to stringent engineering specifications. The lightweight composite body is a faithfully designed caricature of its full size counterpart featuring opening doors, boot and lift off front section. Powered by a 1.3 litre 125 bhp (93 kW) twin cam 16 valve engine sourced second-hand from used Yamaha FJ1300 motorcycles that revs to 11500 rpm. The 515 kg all up weight provides a high power-to-weight ratio that allows the car to reach speeds in excess of 200 km/h. Lap times achieved at Oran Park Raceway are within six seconds of a V8 Supercar. They feature fully adjustable suspension geometry, huge brakes and controlled competition tyres that produce high grip levels. All cars are hand built in the Aussie Racing Car facility and supplied ready to race.[citation needed]

The cockpit layout is purpose built and fitted with a five point racing harness. The steering requires only one turn lock to lock and minimal steering movement during racing. The sequential gear lever is close to the steering wheel and the carbon fibre dash displays the necessary instrumentation. The chassis design incorporates simplicity in suspension adjustment to cater for all drivers likings including castor/camber, sway bar, roll centre and ride height etc. Brakes have simple front to rear bias adjustment.[citation needed]

The class has proven attractive to karting racers without the budget to progress to Formula Ford. Aussie Racing Cars is by far the most cost effective 1st tier category in Australia and New Zealand with options to lease a chassis for $15k or buy a new car outright for $59k. This makes for a great competitive category that attracts lots of exposure, a great stepping stone for any racer looking to make a career out of motorsport.

Series winners[edit]

Year Champion Body style
2001 Paul Kemal 1940 Ford Coupé
2002 Mike Russell Holden FJ
2003 Mike Russell Holden FJ
2004 James Ward Ford AU Falcon
2005 Tim Monte Ford AU Falcon
2006 Paul Kemal Ford AU Falcon
2007 Brad Ward Holden VY Commodore
2008 Paul Kemal Ford AU Falcon
2009 Adam Gowans Toyota Aurion
2010 Kyle Clews Holden VY Commodore
2011 Adrian Cottrell Toyota Aurion
2012 Kyle Clews Holden VY Commodore
2013 Maurice Masini Ford AU Falcon
2014 Darren Chamberlin Toyota Aurion
2015 Brendon Pingel Holden Cruze
2016 James Duckworth Nissan Altima

Technical specifications[edit]

The Yamaha engine which powers all Aussie Racing Cars.


  • Yamaha 1.3 (1300cc) litre twin-cam water/air cooled four cylinder
  • Four valves per cylinder
  • 125 bhp, 11500 rpm (Governed)


  • PWR radiator and oil cooler



  • Electronic dash programmed to ARC spec. Shift light, tachometer, water-temp and lap-timer


  • Tubular space-frame and cockpit with integral driver roll-cage
  • Momo race seat with five point harness
  • Momo quick-release steering wheel


  • Front – Coil over shocks fully adjustable rose jointed wishbones
  • Ultra fast rack and pinion
  • Rear – Live axle, optional long and short track ratios
  • Coil over shocks, parallel trailing arms, panhard rod


  • Four wheel disc with - Full bias adjustment with balance bar, braided lines

Wheels and tyres[edit]

  • 13 x 5.5 various styles available
  • Yokohama A048R treaded race spec tyres

Body styles[edit]


  • Length: 3.0 m
  • Width: 1.35 m
  • Height: 1.05 m
  • Weight: 515 kg


  • Top Speed: 230km/h
  • 0-100: 4.9 seconds
  • 0-400m: 11.9 seconds


  1. ^ "Jason Bargwanna reveals his racing future". FW1 Aussie Racing Cars. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  2. ^ CAMS Bulletin B10/039 "2010 Aussie Racing Car Series" Sporting & Technical Regulations.
  3. ^ Toyota joins Aussie Racing Cars Super Series, 3 May 2008, Archived October 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 14 November 2013
  4. ^ Australia’s own small car, Holden Cruze to contest Australia’s small car racing series, 12 September 2012,[permanent dead link] Retrieved on 14 November 2013
  5. ^ ARC 'Euro GT' Launched, 31 May 2013, Archived March 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 14 November 2013
  6. ^ Nissan Altima on track in Aussie Racing Cars, Archived March 26, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 June 2015
  7. ^ a b Stefan Bartholomaeus, Mustang and Camaro join Aussie Racing Cars, Wednesday 8th October, 2014, Archived February 21, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 June 2015
  8. ^ James Hunt’s son to debut new Aussie Racing Car, Archived February 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 June 2015

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