Major changes for 2012 Spectrum
While two rounds of this year's Australian Formula Ford Championship are still to be contested, Borland Racing Developments has already commenced construction of a totally new car for the 2012 season. Dubbed the 'game changer', the new Spectrum 014 will incorporate numerous changes into it's design, including the use of chrome-moly tubing as the base material for the spaceframe chassis.
New, slimmer bodywork designed to improve aerodynamic efficiency will also be tested, while maximised cooling and low drag will also form part of the new car's arsenal. Straight-line run-down sessions will be held at Heathcote Dragway, where BRD will evaluate the aerodynamic efficiency of the 014 with the assistance of 'flow-vis' paint. Flow-vis is an oil based solution applied to the bodywork of the car and used to monitor the direction and efficiency of air flow as the paint streaks across the chassis surface at speed.
Many of the new car's components have already been track tested and designer Michael Borland is confident the new machine will be a winner from the outset: "While there is nothing particularly wrong with the current car, which is evidenced by the fact that it has scored race wins this season, we really want to raise the bar with the new 014. For sure there will be some carryover items from the current chassis, but the new one will be significantly different in a number of areas and the use of chrome-moly will allow us to take advantage of some new thinking."
It doesn't end there either, with BRD looking to offer a number of value-added benefits with the purchase of a new car.
A newly devised BRD-assisted preparation program will also provide state level competitors with a cheaper form of racing, while next month's Island Formula driver program will see up to twelve youngsters driving a Duratec Formula Ford at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
For further information on the new Spectrum 014, please contact:
Sales and Marketing Agent
Spectrum Racing Cars
T: (03) 9590 9775
M: 0450 359 840