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Video: Raw S5000 V8 single‑seater thunder

Let’s assume you’ve come to the correct conclusion that track-prepared road cars are a half-way house when it comes to really enjoying circuit driving and honing your skills. If you were to actually buy a car for use on track, with no restrictions, would you take a modern F1 car? Probably not. They’re tricky, over-complicated and don’t sound all that good.

It begs the question, what is the ideal track car? You probably want a single-seater platform, for minimum weight and maximum downforce. But you also want a fun engine. You want the modern equivalent of an F5000 car, really. Well, leave it to the Aussies to provide just that. This is S5000. Think Formula 3, only with a 5.2-litre Ford V8…

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