S5000 in the push-to-pass test

The V8-powered open-wheeler series hosted a young talent test at The Bend today, with 17 drivers, with experience ranging from Super2 to karting, sampling cars.

As part of the test series technical partner Garry Rogers Motorsport will test a number of technical updates based on competitor feedback.

Most notable is the push-to-pass programmed into the current drive by wire throttle system.

If the system works as expected in testing, it could be introduced as soon as the Tasman Series opener, the Gold Coast 500 in late October.

Other changes to be tested at The Bend include an upgraded damper package, improved rear vision mirror, a new rear wheel rim detail, and minor adjustments to the exhaust, accelerator pedal and both suspension developments on front and back.

Any of the upgrades may be introduced by Gold Coast.

As well as potential technical updates, tire control supplier Hoosier will test several new compounds and constructions that could be used in 2023.

Following an initial run at The Bend, a two-day test at Phillip Island later this month will be used to settle the control compound next year.

The tough 2022 Hoosier control will be used for the Tasman Series which ends this season.

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