All-new British Supercar V8 series in 2004

An all-new British track racing series, featuring rear-drive touring cars powered by 550bhp V8 engines, is planned for 2004. The SCV8 Supercar Championship project is now being finalised by Supercars Promotions, a company formed by former BTCC champion Andy Rouse, businessman Pete Hall and motorsport marketing consultant Roger Etcell. The venture has the longterm backing of the BRDC and Haymarket Publishing, but has yet to gain MSA approval

All-new British Supercar V8 series in 2004

RHM says that the new series will tour the UK as the headline attraction of the BRDC's British F3/GT race package. The objective is to provide fresh, entertaining and competitive motorsport action with unpredictable results. The formula will allow for different four-door body shapes on identical spaceframe chassis and will aim for power:weight ratios that are twice that of current touring cars, at a fraction of the costs. The 3.2-litre cars are to be built by Rouse-Hall Motorsport.

Roger Etcell explained: "Motorsport fans have a thirst for ultimate power and high-quality racing with dramatic cars and star 'name' drivers - a format which is currently not seen in Britain, but is enjoyed in other countries with series such as the Australian V8s, the DTM and NASCAR. We are planning a race series that adds a new dimension to the UK motorsport scene, with sexy cars, professional stars and young talented drivers, and the spine-tingling roar of massive horsepower. We are confident SCV8 will quickly establish itself as one of the cornerstones of national racing and build a solid, loyal fan base who will become avid followers of the series."

Under an SCV8 Franchise Scheme, selected teams will hold an exclusive arrangement for their chosen brand from a selection of over 15 different models. Manufacturers will be offered the opportunity to play a part in the team selection process. Only five franchises will be offered in the first year, to reach a target 20-car grid.

Supercars Promotions has applied for the open Level 2 slot on the MSA's new-for-2004 UK track racing matrix.

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