The first pictures of MARC Cars Australia’s new MARC II V8 have been released ahead of its race debut in the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour. In the race, as part of its eight-car attack on the race, MARC will race three of its brand new Mustang-based Mark IIs under the MARC GT banner in the Invitational class.
The team successfully completed the first shakedown of its newest product at Queensland Raceway across two days this week, which team boss Ryan McLeod says was an enormous task in addition to preparing its other cars for the race.
“We’re bringing 70 people, our own catering, eight cars, 24 drivers, 16 engineers, nearly 200 tyres, four trucks and several shipping containers. It’s a big day out at the car races,” he said.
“At the moment I have two crews basically working around the clock at our base in Norwell to get the second and third MARC II cars finished. We’ll shake them down later this week and then head down.
“It’s been an enormous effort and really no different to when we did the first cars, though this time we were working from an established base.
“We’ve taken a lot out of the MARC I cars and improved, upgraded and manipulated them to suit the new one. If we didn’t have that as a grounding then you couldn’t embark on a project like this.
“The new cars include everything we wanted to develop and enhance on the existing car and we’ve been testing components on them for a while.
“The car was fast straight out of he box even though we’ve just done two days of testing in the hottest conditions I think I’ve ever experienced at Queensland Raceway,” he added.
“We tested until 9:30pm Wednesday night and until 1:30pm today (Thursday) and it went really well. Steve Owen came and helped, as did Morgan Haber. All of our drivers came and drove the car too.
“We put it through its paces and tested a lot of the systems and it all went well.”
Photos courtesy of Matthew Paul