The cars are the fastest in Australian circuit racing, and the drivers are contesting both the Australian Drivers’ Championship and Motorsport Australia Gold Star – the oldest and most prestigious drivers’ title in the nation – and the return of the iconic Tasman Series.
Powered by thunderous 5.2-litre V8 engines which produce 560bhp and speeds of up to 300kph, S5000 is the modern successor to the legendary Formula 5000 category, which captured the hearts and minds of Australian motor racing fans throughout the 1970s.
S5000 cars feature a chassis built by Ligier, conforming to the latest and greatest FIA-mandated Safety Standards - however the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and electronics have all been developed in Australia showcasing the strength of our local industry.
In S5000, everyone has the same machinery meaning it’s up to the talent behind the wheel and the teams preparing the cars to generate the results.
The Tasman Series is one of the most iconic open wheel series in the sport’s history, running originally between 1964 and 1975. Then it featured some of the world’s biggest stars who would come ‘Down Under’ to race against the best from Australia and New Zealand.
The re-born Tasman Series comes with the backing of Motorsport Australia and Motorsport New Zealand and is working to restore the iconic trans-tasman and international battles of the classic age, just with a new angle.