Jack Perkins shows how fire suppression systems have evolved in V8 Supercars. Pic: YouTube / Perkins Engineering

THE latest episode on Perkins Engineering’s YouTube channel looks at how fire suppression and extinguisher systems have evolved within V8 Supercars over time.

Jack Perkins compares the fire-fighting hardware in their 1993 Bathurst 1000-winning Holden Commodore VP, their 2003 Holden Commodore VY, and Perkins’ 2015 Gold Coast 600 race-winning Holden Racing Team Commodore VF.

As he alludes to in the video, the issue of fire suppression in race cars is particularly topical for Perkins after the fire that broke out under the bonnet of the Eggleston Motorsport Holden he drove in the Dunlop Super2 Series round in Townsville last weekend.

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Perkins talks through the mechanics of how current era systems work, how they differ in cars built by different teams, and walks through what happened in the Townsville incident.

Watch the full episode in the player below!

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