Last year I visited a demo of Sebastian Vettel on the Zandvoort circuit, and I took my wife there, who had never seen a Formula One car in real life. While we both thoroughly enjoyed it, I was a little disappointed that the V8s nowadays lack the powerful howls of the V10s yesteryear.
Now, in two weeks, as a side program to the Masters of Formula 3, there is a Boss GP race, which has several old Formula One cars. Does anyone know if they still hold the amazing howling V10s that I (and who doesn’t) love so much? Or are they tuned down for the series?
Surely they would still have the V-10’s or even V-12’s (or whatever else they were built with). I don’t know who in their right mind would think about changing anything on a classic F1 car!
Here’s their site. It looks like they have multiple classes of F1, IndyCar, and such. Surely you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks Damion, but I would like to know for sure from someone who’s been there ;)
There’s V10 and there’s V10, you know?
@mnmracer You’re going to like this:
And yep, that’s from this year, apparently. That 2004 Jaguar sounds absolutely delightful. Check out the onboard from the Jaguar here and you’ll get a true sensation for the speed. GoPro cameras don’t handle the bumps very well at those speeds!
@damonsmedley Sounds great indeed but what is that livery on the first car? Horrible. I mean, it’s almost as bad as Sauber’s…
@keithcollantine It reminds me of the Midland livery, only I actually liked that car… I think I read somewhere it’s painted in the colours of a hotel, which is a shame because the Jaguar was actually quite nice.
To be fair, the cars sound fantastic, but that Jaguar does certainly not sound like it’s revving nearly as high as it did in 2004. Just listen to it from 1:19 onwards, incredibly short-shifting all the way through and even when it passes by it’s evident. Still, they sound amazing.
@roald I assume the owners want to minimise the risk of a failure wherever possible!
Just seen the results from the Dijon race the weekend before last: Klaas Zwart was driving the Jaguar R5 and won by 59.361s over a 1997 Benetton in the first race. It was only 19 laps so he was over three seconds per lap faster!
Zwart’s best lap of 1’04.876 was a new lap record, beating Alain Prost’s 1’05.257 from 1984:
In an interesting field, the next cars across the line were a Dallara GP2 (first generation), Panoz DP01 (Champ Car 2007), a World Series by Renault Dallara and a G-Force IndyCar. Results and schedule here:
Also, one of the drivers competes under the pseudonym ‘Luke Skywalker’. Which is the best fake name I’ve seen at a race track since ‘Giancarlo Gofastio’.
Incidentally, Zwart is the guy who created the Ascari race resort in Spain which has copies of several famous corners from tracks around the world.
Haha, I went looking for more info about “Luke Skywalker”, maybe a picture…
…ask a silly question! It does say he’s Swiss though, which puts Star Wars in a whole new light.
Thanks for posting the video @damonsmedley – sounds amazing, and brings back memories of heading towards the Monza park from town (to see some F1 testing) and hearing them screaming through the trees.
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