NEW AUSTRALIAN MARC V8 RACE CAR REVEALED

An official render of the new MARC GT. Pic: Supplied

AUSTRALIAN racing car builder MARC Cars has revealed a new MARC GT racer ahead of 2022, and it will be powered by a Chevrolet V8 engine.

Featuring a composite body that appears to have been inspired by a Mercedes C-Class Coupe, the car represents a third generation of MARC vehicle.

The original was released with Ford Focus and later Mazda3 bodywork, before the faster MARC II took on Mustang styling.

The MARC GT is the first model produced by MARC since the company was purchased by a group headed by businessman and long-time racer Geoff Taunton in early 2020.

MARC was founded in 2013 by Ryan McLeod, producing cut-price and reliable cars primarily aimed at endurance events.

Taunton hopes to have three of the new cars on the grid for the start of a MARC one-make series with the Australian Motor Racing Series in 2022.

Like previous MARC cars, the MARC GT features a chrome moly, space-frame chassis designed and produced by fellow Queensland-based company PACE Innovations.

Further renders of what the MARC GT will look like. Pic: Supplied

“The MARC Focus and Mazda have both been such a successful car for the MARC Cars team and it was a key point for the design brief that we didn’t lose the identity of the previous MARC cars in this new design,” said Taunton.

“Working with PACE Innovations, whom have designed our previous MARC Focus / Mazda and MARC II V8, they immediately understood the direction this car needed to go, so we know the quality and finish will be to the highest standard in line with our other models.”

The MARC GT will continue to run an Albins ST6 Transaxle with paddle shift, Brembo brake package and PACE Innovations modular upright system.

Beneath the body, the big change is to a 575bhp GM LS3 engine instead of the previous Ford Coyote five-litre V8.

Testing of a prototype car is scheduled to begin in early 2022.