Garry Rogers Motorsport has finally received the remaining batch of S5000 tubs from the Onroak-Ligier in the United States, marking a significant milestone for the brand new S5000 category.
The nine tubs join the four new chassis already in Australia, on top of the original tub used for all the testing and developing work to build the category during its early stages.
Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Barry Rogers was thrilled to have the final batch of tubs arrive.
“It’s fantastic to see the remaining nine tubs arrive in Melbourne, on schedule and ready for our team to start to piece together,” Rogers said.
“We’ve been working hard and smart behind the scenes in preparation for this. Now with all of the tubs in place, we can start to bring them to life. It’s a mammoth task, but everyone is going at a million miles and hour to get it done.
“While we have completed as much of the manufacturing as we can in-house, we are also using a number of trusted suppliers who have been working just as hard to get us to this point.
“Every time we put the Valvoline-liveried S5000 out on the track, we get a great reaction. It’s it going to be amazing to have all of these out on track to bring back a ‘hero’ open-wheel class of racing to Australia.”
Based on the French-designed Onroak-Ligier carbon-fibre chassis, the S5000 is a unique Australian concept and will be engineered and built in Australia, outside of the required FIA-approved safety cell and selected Onroak-Ligier parts being the nose front wing and side pods.
With the inaugural round set to occur at Sandown in September, GRM have been working extremely hard to built them with a number of production lines for suspension parts and exhaust systems in place, as well as carbon fibre work alongside LC Race Composites.
GRM aren’t the only team putting the Australian touch on the new chassis with a number of parties involved in the creation, including Holinger in Melbourne, who are taking care of transmission and other driveline component manufacturing.
In Brisbane, the S5000-spec 560hp V8 engines complete with Australian MoTeC electronics systems are being assembled at InnoV8, while the wheels are being put together by Max Wheels in Sydney.
A number of other crucial parts such as steering wheels, radiators and electronics wiring looms are being made locally, the car representing the master class of Australian motor sport engineering.
The CAMS Australian S5000 Championship will make its long awaited debut at the Shannons Nationals penultimate round at Sandown International Raceway on 20 – 22 September.