S5000 in push-to-pass test at open test day
A push-to-pass system leads to a host of technical improvements that will be tested during today’s S5000 Open test at Bend Motorsport Park.
Developed by Garry Rogers Motorsport, the improvements will be tested on three dedicated cars at the South Australian circuit, following feedback from various teams and drivers.
The push-to-pass system being tested uses the car’s existing ECU to provide more throttle to its V8 engine, noting that the S5000 uses drive-by-wire.
At this stage, it is expected that activations will be limited by discrete quantities, with the figure yet to be determined, with the push-to-pass remaining active until the driver lifts the accelerator.
If the test proves successful, the system will be introduced in the first round of the S5000 Tasman 2022 series at next month’s Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.
An upgraded shock package, upgraded rear mirrors, new rear wheel rim specification, exhaust settings, modified throttle pedal and front and rear suspension modifications are also being tested today with a view to possible inclusion in the Tasman series.
The suspension changes are particularly noteworthy given the failures encountered when the cars hit the wavy strip of the Hidden Valley Seesaw in June, with Surfers Paradise and its hard curbs ahead.
Tire supplier Control Hoosier will also be testing several new tire compounds, ahead of a possible introduction to the category next year.
As well as serving as an opportunity to test the aforementioned technical elements, the open day will also see a total of 17 riders evaluate the S5000s across the four teams in the class.